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CAMHLAB | Frame Dance | The Family Mantra

CAMHLAB artists-in-residence Frame Dance present The Family Mantra, an installation-based participatory performance that explores generational psychological shifts in the Houston community. The dance group will create an interactive environment with marbles, toy tops, pathways on the floor, pipe cleaner dolls to manipulate, and puppets within the space at Montrose Collective. The Frame Dance MultiGen Ensemble—an all ages/all abilities group—will activate the space as well as their professional dance company.

Location and Accessibility

Montrose Collective
888 Westheimer Road #159
Houston, Texas 77006

Throughout the duration of their CAMHLAB residency, Frame Dance will host open rehearsals, workshops, and open studios. These events are free and open to the public with the goal of building bonds and creative expression for people of all ages.

Open Rehearsal | Practice

Rehearsals for Frame Dance’s professional dance company and MultiGen Ensemble are open for observation on Fridays from 12:30–2:45PM and Saturdays from 11AM–12:30PM. Visitors can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at dance in the making.

Open Rehearsal Schedule
Friday, April 1, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM

Friday, April 8, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM
Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 11AM–12:30PM

Friday, April 15, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM
Saturday, April 16, 2022 | 11AM–12:30PM

Friday, April 22, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM
Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 11AM–12:30PM

Friday, April 29, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM
Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 11AM–12:30PM

Friday, May 6, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM
Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 11AM–12:30PM

Friday, May 13, 2022 | 12:30–2:45PM

Workshop | Family Dance Party

Family Dance Parties are held on Saturday mornings from 10–11AM. These structured dance classes are free to the public and open to people of all ages and generations. Through open-ended movement prompts that build bonds and promote creativity, visitors can create healthy habits and treasured memories at these dance parties.

Family Dance Party Schedule
Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 10–11AM

Saturday, April 16, 2022 | 10–11AM

Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 10–11AM

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 10–11AM

Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 10–11AM

Open Studio | Motion Play

Open studios are held on Sundays from 1–5PM. During open studio hours, visitors have hands-on movement explorations using tops, marbles, pathways, an adult sit-n-spin, and a sky full of pipe cleaner dancers.

Open Studio Schedule
Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 1–5PM

Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 1–5PM

Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 1–5PM

Sunday, May 8, 2022 | 1–5PM

Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 1–5PM

Performance | The Family Mantra

Frame Dance’s rehearsals, workshops, and open studios culminate in performances of Founder and Creative Director Lydia Hance’s The Family Mantra, a site-specific “dance for all” that explores generational psychological shifts in the Houston community. Guests may choose to attend the performance on either date. Limited tickets are available for both performances. For more information, click here.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 2–3PM
Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 2–3PM

About Frame Dance

For over ten years, Frame Dance has brought radically inclusive and deeply personal contemporary dance to Houston. Led by Founder and Creative Director Lydia Hance, whom Dance Magazine calls “the city’s reigning guru of dance in public places,” the professional company is made up of six acclaimed co-creators committed to collaboration. Frame Dance has created over fifty unique site-specific performances and nine filmed dances screened in festivals all over the United States and Europe. With an unrelenting drive to make dance in relationship to environment, Frame Dance has created dance works for and with METRO, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston Parks Board, Plant It Forward Farms, CORE Dance, Rice University, Houston Ballet, 14 Pews, Aurora Picture Show, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Frame Dance’s productions were described by Arts and Culture Texas Editor-in-Chief Nancy Wozny as “some of the most compelling and entertaining work in Houston.” Lydia Hance is a champion of living composers and is dedicated to work exclusively with new music.


CAMHLAB is an ongoing artist-in-residence initiative that gives the Museum to artists and supports them working within, and in partnership with, CAMH to develop new work and ideas. Through both short-term residencies and long-term collaborations with artists, CAMHLAB offers critical and early-stage direct support of artists’ process and production of new work. CAMHLAB residencies seek to directly connect artists and audiences through unexpected and unforgettable experiences of contemporary art. Learn more about the program here.