The Pilot Dance Project in Partnership with Mystic Lyon Presents: A Conversation with Brother(hood) Dance

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/4/2019, 10:47 p.m.
The Pilot Dance Project and Mystic Lyon are pleased to present a discussion on contemporary black dance with an intimate …

The Pilot Dance Project and Mystic Lyon are pleased to present a discussion on contemporary black dance with an intimate reception to follow for Brooklyn-based artists Brother(hood) Dance. This event will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 7pm at Mystic Lyon in the historic Fifth Ward at 5007 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020.

From artist Orlando Zane Hunter Jr: The piece that we will be collaborating on is a work that I’m writing as a short story and bringing it into a live movement experience. We like to work with a concept we are calling Afro-neo narratives. This is a understanding we are learning and experiencing. Having the control to tell the stories of past present and future with a focus on healing. Having the liberty of black imaginative space to tie time and space using focused energy to tell stories and mythologies that someone may never heard of or has, has an affect on viewer who never get to see themselves in a particular light. I’m excited to share with the Houston community.

Conversation with the Artists:

Date/Time: April 13, 7-9pm

Location: Mystic Lyon, 5007 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020


The Pilot Dance Project continues its spring season with a special collaboration with Brooklyn-based artists Brother(hood) Dance. This critically acclaimed collective will set a new evening-length work on the Pilot Dance Project. Hawa (The Ride) will make its world premiere at Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH). This project is made possible by a City's Initiative grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Date: April 19 - 21, 2019

Performance Time: 8pm and 5pm (on April 21 only)

Location: Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, Matchbox One

Tickets: $15 presale; $20 at-the-door

Hawa (The Ride) is a contemporary myth, embodied in the characters of two horsemen, “Jacko” and “Cavalier Spirit.” Referencing West African cosmologies and urban cowboy practices the work takes up Black masculinity and the politics of adornment as source material for a creative fashioning of the future self. Through the use of short story and multimedia, this is an Afro-neo narrative of resilience, discovery, and transformation.

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. They have performed their works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues.

Mystic Lyon specializes in art and Recreational Aesthetics, Mystic Lyon is an artist-instigated space located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Mystic Street in Houston's historic Fifth Ward neighborhood. In addition to public art installations, Mystic Lyon offers weekly organic food deliveries, house concerts, meditation and sound sessions, and reading groups. It also plays host to the Fifth Ward Badminton Club, Root Lock Sessions, and the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce.