Start the new year off on the right foot with the next El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre production — an interactive multimedia dance experience inspired by our own Franklin Mountains.
Mountain Movement performs an original work called Oscillate at 2:30 pm Sunday, January 8 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre complex.
Tickets are $15, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (where no service charge is assessed) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).
Oscillate revolves around the relationship between the Franklin Mountains and its community. It is a shared experience between the performers and audience members, who will be invited to assist in creating the “music” that will cause and affect, or oscillate, the dancers’ movement. According to the trio, it “will explore how we as people, unified in our humanity, oscillate between personal and interpersonal, reactive and proactive, deliberate and improvised.”
Mountain Movement — two dancers and a musician — is a contemporary, improvisational dance group that strives to create an inclusive contemporary dance culture along the border while advocating for the connectivity of movement. Its members are dancers Michelle Pacillas Lopez and Natalia Paola Portillo and percussionist/producer/photographer Ricardo Castro.
The Jewel Box Series was created in partnership with El Paso Live in 2014 to host local performing artists and groups in that jewel box of a venue, the Philanthropy Theatre. Its sixth season was cut short in March 2020 by the pandemic lockdown. To donate to the Jewel Box series, click here.
Here is the rest of the 2022-2023 season:
• El Paso Stories, Felix Arenas/Los Actores, 2:30 pm Sunday, February 12 — Six writers’ vignettes paint an intimate portrait of their hometown. Click here for tickets.
• The Art of Jazz, The Golden Groove, 2:30 pm Sunday, March 12, 2023 — Daniel Rivera’s jazz collective traces the evolution of the form, from blues to bebop. Click here for tickets.
• BILDAD, Barbed Tales, 2:30 pm Sunday, April 16, 2023 — Ryan Mullenix’s comedy is about a cartoonist who dreams of making it big. Click here for tickets.
• Tuesdays with Morrie, Eden Performing Arts, 2:30 pm Sunday, May 14, 2023 — Hector Serrano directs this stage version of the Mitch Albom best-seller about a journalist who reconnects with a dying professor. Click here for tickets.