The Emerging Choreographers Showcase is an opportunity for the choreographers of tomorrow to present their work in a professional environment that is choreographed, produced, lit and performed by the students of the University of Houston School of Theater & Dance. Emerging Choreographers Showcase displays a wide variety of choreographic skill.
Solos performed by Brittany Bass and Jasmine Crutch focus on movement invention; both rely on the intimate connection between movement and music. Bryan Peck's Benched pushes the envelope of symbolism and abstraction, with six benches for a set. Other choreographers focus on human qualities, like Kate Rash and Elissa Turner, who use movement to state their themes. Kate Rash premieres a duet on relationships, In Dearth and in Excess, featuring Josh Eguia and herself.
Elissa Turner's piece The Tie that Binds explores the dependent and codependent aspects of relationships. Turner asks the questions: What is it like to be irrationally needed? What is it like to be totally lost and scared without the person that you've come to rely so heavily on? The dancers are connected by a long piece of cloth, becoming entwined as it tightens and loosens, relishing in freedom as they lose touch with it and limited as someone becomes dead weight or an anchor.