‘The Lady’ exhibit at Bath House Cultural Center

Who’s that lady of the lake?

You know those stories of driving in the White Rock Lake area and seeing a mysterious drenched lady. She needs a ride, sits in the back seat and then disappears leaving only a puddle ruining your fine upholstery. The story is legend in Dallas and for whatever reason, is still creepy. The urban legend is turned into art in The Lady, where artists depict in various ways their take on the legend of the woman who drowned in the lake years ago. Real or not, it’s a spooky slice of Dallas history retold in art form — and perfect for getting in the Halloween mood.

DEETS: Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Through Jan. 28. Free. BathHouseCultural.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Starvoice • 07.29.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

President Barack Obama turns 50 on Thursday. While the president has frustrated the LGBT community at times, he made strides by recently signing the law that repeals “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Gays and lesbians will be able to serve openly as of September. He also just nominated openly gay judicial candidate Michael Walter Fizgerald to the U.S. district court.

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THIS WEEK

The sun in Leo is beach weather. Vacations, fun, strut your stuff! But as Sol is sextile Saturn in Libra needful limits and responsibility are lurking behind the fun. A constructive project, maybe a charitable fundraiser, could even be the fun. Work with others to focus your creative juices.

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LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Your birthday month is your time to roar, but keep quiet. Words are too important to waste and quiet intensity is stronger than loud declarations. Deal with serious issues; then celebrate.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Tough times bring out your inner strength. Meditation as well as thoughtful organization helps to economize better. Helping others less fortunate inspires you to greater effectiveness.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
You have a lot of hard work and challenges now, but keeping an eye to the future helps you see through the gloom of the present. Your friends help you keep perspective.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Doubts push you too hard at work. Calm down, meditate. Family helps you get solid grounding. They also wear you down, so pick your confidants and approach them carefully.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
You need a mental challenge in a new venue. If you can’t afford a real vacation, find movies, art shows or a good book that take you to different worlds and stimulate your brain. Invite a friend.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Take charge in the bedroom. This is your chance to be supremely powerful and dominant — or to make an art form of being a pushy bottom.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Disagreements with your partner are nothing new. The serious ones gain special importance, not in a divisive way, but as a challenge for you to learn something and grow closer.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Be very careful of sports injuries and sunburns. Get very serious about your health! There may be some very serious problems lurking. The sooner you deal with them the better.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Let your partner guide and focus your dazzling brilliance. Restrictive suggestions are the most helpful. If you’re single, a durable love is out there in someone much older or younger.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Parental responsibilities loom large. If you don’t have kids or elderly parents needing your attention, think about your community and keeping it strong for your own benefit and others’.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Get more meaning in fewer words. Practice the communicative art of silence: the subtle nod, the lift of an eyebrow, the discreet gesture. There is power in saying more by talking less.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
You’re at the beginning of a 15-year career upswing. Take good stock of your virtues and your flaws to have a clear idea of what foundation you provide to build on.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 29, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

On Edge

Hubbard Street Dance’s gay leader Glenn Edgerton brings a dancer’s perspective to contemporary troupe

STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer stevencraiglindsey@me.com

Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company
MOTION, EMOTION | Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company, led by Glenn Edgerton, continues to evolve after 33 years as a leading contemporary dance troupe.

HUBBARD STREET DANCE
Winspear Opera House,
2403 Flora St.
Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. $25–$125.
ATTPAC.org

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Ask six people to describe contemporary dance and you’ll get six different responses. As an art form, it encompasses so many varied techniques, styles and points of view, categorizing it as one thing is a fool’s errant.

And that’s perfectly fine with Glenn Edgerton. “As long as they make you feel something and have an emotional impact,” he says, “we’ve done our job.”

For 33 years, Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company has been one of the nation’s most celebrated troupes, and under Edgerton, a dancer for 11 years who has  served as artistic director since 2009, it has continued to innovate and excite. TITAS presents the company at the Winspear Opera House Friday.

Edgerton’s background as a dancer, with both Nederlands Dans Theater and the Joffrey Ballet, shaped his ethic and his creative vision.
“I’m always fashioning my decisions, trying to put myself in the dancer’s position. How would it have felt? How would it have been for me if certain things are going in one direction?” Edgerton says. “I try to work so that my dancers will be challenged and inspired. I’m thinking in a dancer’s perspective. I was born a dancer and will die a dancer.”

HSDC’s current roster includes 16 dancers, and Edgerton hopes to add a 17th next year. They’re smaller than some classical dance companies, though they have a great track record for retaining artists and exploring new territory with them as they explore new techniques.

“You have a relationship with them in terms of their artistic output. We have dancers in the company who have been here 10, 11 years and then some that have just joined. I adore each and every one of them,” he says.

Becoming a part of the elite team doesn’t necessarily fit any specific molds, but Edgerton can almost immediately sense in an audition when a dancer might be a good fit.

“You know when you see it and you know when you work with them. It’s one thing to see a dancer in a ballet class who has a wonderful technique, but in a contemporary company you have to be ready to move in a much more extreme way than classical ballet. You have to have an inherent ability to try many different types of dance and just have that overall feel that you’re a dancer and not stuck to one technique or another.”

Diversity of style is a hallmark of HSDC, perhaps most perfectly evidenced in one of the numbers being performed Friday night: “With Physikal Linguistiks, you have Victor [Quijada], who came from Los Angeles where he was a hip-hop dancer. He has a real ballet background also, but when he’s choreographing he’s using all of those kinds of techniques and dance moves into his work. It’s also interesting because he’s taking the dancers out in the audience.”

Edgerton is reluctant to admit that shows like So You Think You Can Dance have a positive impact on exposing new people to dance, but he says they do have their place.

“There’s an accessibility with those programs, but it could be confused when [viewers] come to the theater and see concert dance,” he says. “It’s cool and hip and fun on TV, but in the theater it’s more artful. There’s more thought-provoking imagery built into these pieces. All those TV programs are much more commercially minded and geared to more fantastic technique and movements that are more thrilling. Ours are thrilling, too, but the approach is a little different. People need that awareness going in.”

If that means no celebrity judges screaming like morons for camera time, then that’s an entirely good thing. But HSDC has been judged on its merits by the dance world for more than three decades, and clearly it’s a winning combination of art, choreography and technique that keep it relevant and evocative of the universe around it.

“I’m not boasting, I’m just stating that we’re one of the important, international contemporary dance companies in the world,” Edgerton says. “And I’m excited to bring it to Dallas and this spectacular new performing arts center.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 19, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens