ADF: Ballet Hispanico

 

Jamal Rashann Callender and Lauren Alzamora in Ballet Hispanico's Sortijas, June 20, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson ©ADF.

Jamal Rashann Callender and Lauren Alzamora in Ballet Hispanico’s Sortijas, June 20, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson ©ADF.

Ballet Hispanico gave a sensuous and thought-provoking performance to begin the American Dance Festival’s second week on June 20-21. Its highlights were Cayetano Soto‘s dark, spiky male-female duet Sortijas, set to a haunting song by Lhasa de Sela, and a new work by Rosie Herrera, Show.Girl, which looks at Cuban-American Latina identity, Miami version. Herrera continues to refine her unique sensibility without suppressing its outrageous vitality, and Show.Girl may prove a pivotal dance in her career.

Read my full review here, published June 21, 2014 on cvnc.org. 

From the first act of Rosie Herrera's operatic cabaret dance-theatre work, Show.Girl, June 20, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson ©ADF.

From the first act of Rosie Herrera’s operatic cabaret dance-theatre work, Show.Girl,                     June 20, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson ©ADF.

Not even the most amazing moment in the second act fan dance of Show.Girl. June 20, 2014. Photo: Grant Halverson ©ADF.

Not even the most amazing moment in the second act fan dance of Show.Girl. June 20, 2014.       Photo: Grant Halverson ©ADF.

Ballet Hispanico in Eduardo Vilaro's Danzon. Photo: © Paula Lobo.

Ballet Hispanico in Eduardo Vilaro’s Danzon. Photo: © Paula Lobo.

 

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ADF: Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre

As I told a friend, concerning this storytelling dance with live music, it filled up my whole mind. More than a week has passed since I saw the performance of Exit/Exist by South African artists Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre, but it keeps shouldering more recent offerings at the American Dance Festival from the forefront of my consciousness. This is one that leapt into my upper echelon of dance experiences, onto the mental shelf of honor along with my first Eiko and Koma dance and a few select others. Great imagination, incredible aesthetics, and complete authenticity.

“Just a few minutes into Exit/Exist, the American Dance Festival’s second offering of the season, I felt myself slipping out of the critical zone. The commenting mind put down its note-taking pencil and disconnected the flow of verbiage. For an hour, there was only a man dancing, and four men singing, and a guitar ringing and chiming. Within, a play of emotions – awe, pity, rage, mystification, comprehension–and a kind of lust, a joyous greedy desire of the eye and ear.”

Read my review on cvnc.org here.

Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre Photo: ©John Hogg

Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre.  Photo:©John Hogg

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