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Vanguardia Dance Projects
Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014
December 5-6, 2014
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
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Vanguardia Dance Festival 2014, “A View on Latin America,” showcases 9 contemporary dance artists/companies representing different Latin American countries, living in Canada. Co-directed and Curated by Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios.
Program A – December 5
Mateo Galindo (Colombia)
Arsenio Andrade (Cuba)
Mariana Mangevil Alvarez (Mexico)
John Henry Gerena (Colombia)
Alejandro Roncería (Colombia) – Guest Artist
Program B – December 6
Diana López (Mexico)
Victoria Mata (Venezuela)
Sur Theatre (Argentina)
Alejandro Roncería (Colombia)- Guest Artist.
Arsenio Andrade / KasheDance
An invocation and tribute to his ancestors and mother Africa. Congo Laye is a dance work in three parts, with music by Conjunto Folklorico Cutumba. Choreographed using contemporary Afro-Cuban dance techniques, it draws on the African-Cuban Yoruba heritage, drawing on the sensuality and raw primal power of both males and females.
John Henry Gerena
War and violence are present in the everyday world, but despite the desperation, suffering and hopelessness people are still dancing and enjoying life. Bermejo is an abstraction of that: the blood-drenched Earth, the colour of violence nuanced by the will of the people to be happy, and the continued fight for life.
Memory Lane is based on a real-life interpretation of the dancer’s embodiment of cultural memory and migration from South America to Canada. The movement vocabulary is inspired by the lasting sensations of home and the negotiations we undergo to keep cultural memory alive in our day-to-day as culturally hyphenated Canadians.
Diana Lopez Soto
Esencia Humana (Human Essence)
An exploration of dance and performance as a means to connect with inner spirit. In the process, studying forces that complete our human essence. Entities such as desire, anger, loss, passion, envy and others that, although beautiful and necessary, can overcome our conscious and subconscious mind, making spirit blind to its life purpose. This piece focuses on Desire.
A commemoration of Argentina’s ‘disappeared.’ During the 1970s in Argentina, the military carried out brutal tortures and thousands of students and dissidents disappeared. To this day, mothers of the Disappeared walk the Plaza de Mayo carrying pictures of their dead in silent protest. This piece uses an empty picture frame as a symbol of those who were made to vanish, while the tango lyrics express the pain and solitude of exile for those who survived.
Mateo Galindo Flores
Vanishing Point is a meditation on the things that separate us from world events, and from participating in meaningful discussion. It contemplates the effect of perspective on the dissemination and representation of information, ultimately asking what intervenes or obscures as we try to frame an accurate understanding of what is happening in our world. It is an open invitation for the audience to shape their experience of the performance – to act not only as passive witnesses but creative partners whose perspectives play a vital role in the evolution of the work
Mariana Mangevil Alvarez
Inspired by the Aztec culture and religion found in the ancient stone codex. This piece represents four deities who are associated to the cardinal points and the seasonal changes. Retracing the footsteps and space formations from pre-Hispanic dances, this dance explores and combines these rhythms with neoclassical and contemporary styles for a touch of a modern perspective. The music and dancers will take us to the pre-Hispanic era and revive our ancestors.
Evasion sin Limite (Escape without limits)
Relate the search for a way out. Human beings, searching throughout the space for new beginnings, for new hopes, for a better future.
My Hundred Years of Solitude
My Hundred Years of Solitude explores history, identity, and the ties that bind land and people. What does it mean to be displaced and how do we interpret it? Is it a state of transition or a permanent space we inhabit? How does it shape a body, a culture? What does it mean to survive, to adapt and is there a process of transformation?
Performer: Mariana Mangevil Alvarez
Artistic Direction: Diana Lopez Soto
Costume: Diana Lopez Soto
Music: 'Waltz' from The Godfather; Nino Rota
Rosy from Diana Lopez Soto on Vimeo.