Life Interrupted: Honor the Innocent Reveals the Emotions of Interned Japanese-American Citizens During WWII Through Dance, Art and Music

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/31/2015, 5:36 p.m.
August 31, 2015 (Houston, Texas) — CORE, a professional dance organization, announced today their much-anticipated 2015-2016 performance season. Now in ...

August 31, 2015 (Houston, Texas) — CORE, a professional dance organization, announced today their much-anticipated 2015-2016 performance season. Now in their 35th season CORE is known for their process driven work and collaborating with internationally renowned choreographers and artists. CORE Performance Company, the professional dance company in residence, celebrates the World Premiere of Life Interrupted: Honor the Innocent, a richly layered evening-length performance of contemporary dance, art and music on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park, Houston, TX 77030. Life Interrupted reveals how challenges can by overcome by courage; and expresses the emotions of sorrow and joy, and feelings of confinement and liberation experienced through the context of interned Japanese-American citizens during World War II.

Artistic Director, Sue Schroeder, and her company of artists are looking forward to sharing their distinct, process-driven movement style with Houston audiences. “My sister Kathy Russell and I formed CORE, originally known as Several Dancers Core in 1980.” said Schroeder. “As a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, University of Houston and the theater and dance program at University of Arizona in Tucson, I’m thrilled to share our creativity with my hometown. The artists of CORE and I are excited that we open our season at Miller Outdoor Theatre which, with its zero admission policy, allows everyone to enjoy a vast array of cultural programming under the stars. While we share (not tell) the events surrounding the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WW2, Life Interrupted: Honor the Innocent examines the complexity of issues and emotions when an entire community is defined through the actions of a few.”

Other proscenium performances by CORE Performance Company include on love inspired by the poetry of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian) and Rainer Maria Rilke (German), on love is a multi-sensory journey in celebration of the passion in love. CORE will offer four performances of the dance work at the new Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston (MATCH), located in Midtown Houston at Holman and Main, 3400 Main Street, Houston 77002. CORE will offer four performances on Thursday, February 5 through February 7, 2016. Tickets: General admission is $15; students, artists, and seniors $10. VIP tickets that include a post-performance reception are also available for $35 each or $60 per pair at www.COREdance.org.

CORE continues their successful community-based programs, Dynamic X-Change and Fieldwork in Houston. Dynamic X-Change is a healing arts program that uses movement as a catalyst for change. CORE brings this program to children, adults and seniors at the Houston Area Women’s Center, ArtReach and The Monarch School. Since 1993, the program has worked with people of all ages who are isolated due to abuse, homelessness, language barriers, refugee status, aging, or AIDS.

In collaboration with The Field NYC and Dance Source Houston, CORE will continue to offer Fieldwork, a unique forum for artists of all disciplines to share developing works and exchange feedback, peer to peer. An experienced facilitator guides incisive and stimulating critiques while keeping the authorship of the artist constantly supported. The rigorous weekly sessions culminate in a public performance.