Group Acorde is a Houston based performance company formed by four well-established artists, two contemporary dancers and two jazz musicians, who bring a novel and innovative approach to art making by being a group that truly collaborates in all aspects of the creation process. The company strives to produce high quality work combining original music and contemporary dance choreography, where all artists involved conceptualize the works from beginning to end. Its mission is to cultivate and educate audiences through live performances. The company looks to broaden its reach by partnering with other organizations that can guide us to communities that may not otherwise have access to such opportunities.
Acorde, a Portuguese word, means “wake up” and also means “chord”. The definition of chord in the English language is “a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously” which reflects the collaborative spirit on which Group Acorde was created.
Group Acorde has been invited to participate in dance festivals such as The Barnstorm Dance Fest in 2016 and 2017, The Dance Month at the Kaplan Theater in 2017 and the Fringe Festival in 2018. The company has partnered with local organizations including Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Plus Fest, Ash Danceworks and Dance of Asia America performing at Miller Outdoor Theater and at Discovery Green in 2018. In addition to creating, producing and premiering several original works, the company has premiered full evening productions performed at the REC ROOM and at MATCH. The organization has stayed true to its education mission by offering “pay what you can” outreach classes to the dance community, where dancers can pay any amount to take a ballet or contemporary class with live accompaniment and join in a social gathering afterwards. Group Acorde has collaborated with Israeli choreographer Anat Grigorio, Houston composer Andrew Leinhard, Texas choreographer Jennifer Mabus and Brazilian visual artist Andre Amaral.
Photo by Lynn Lane
Roberta Paixao Cortes-Co-director, dancer and choreographer
Thomas Helton-musician, composer
Lindsey McGill-Co-director, dancer and choreographer
Seth Paynter-musician, composer and video editor
Roberta Paixao Cortes-Co-Director