Workshop with Veterans & Houston Ballet Academy

Houston, TX

Hosted by Houston Ballet Academy, this three-day workshop provided opportunity to develop the dance and improvisational movement components of the performance. Under the direction of choreographer Harrison Guy and guest creative advisor Lauren Anderson, Houston Ballet’s first Black principal dancer, twelve dancers from HBII rehearsed to music by Gabriela Ortiz, integrating choreography with improvisational movement by performance artist Shaun Leonardo. The workshop also included rehearsals with local veterans, led by Leonardo through a series of prompts that harness their personal memories of wartime.

  • City  Houston

  • Venue  Houston Ballet Academy

  • Conductor 

  • Choir Members 

  • Musicians 

  • Veterans 

  • Actors  Julia Krohn

  • Sponsors 

  • Partners  Houston Ballet Academy, Rice University Shepherd School of Music

  • Local Production Support 

  • Choreography  Harrison Guy with Dwayne Cook, Jr.

  • Dance Advisors & Dancers  Lauren Anderson (Guest creative advisor); Kelly Myernick (supervising teacher); Dancers from Houston Ballet II, the second company of Houston Ballet

Workshop with veterans, actor Julia Krohn and Shaun Leonardo
Houston Ballet II dancers with Steve Jiménez, Shaun Leonardo, Lauren Anderson, Leila Hamidi, and Dwayne Cook, Jr.


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A groundbreaking
multidisciplinary performance
That merges
Visual art
SPoken Word
To Create an Urgent
New Language
For Collective Expression.