Global DanceFest 2010 - 2011


Global DanceFest at 11! Over the course of the previous ten years, Global DanceFest (GDF) has presented artists from every corner of the world. Well, almost every corner. There are 192-and-counting we are not quite there yet. But stick around! In the 2010-11 season we return to Africa (Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique), visit Japan, journey to Colombia, South America and the wilds of New York, New York. We even drop by Armenia, a brand-new region of the world for GDF, in collaboration with Tricklock Theatre Company's Revolutions International Theatre Festival.

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Faustin Linyekula/ Studios Kabako (Congo-DRC)

Faustin Linyekula in more more more…future; photo by Agathe Poupeny

October 18, 2011/One Night Only
Tuesday, 8pm

The unforgettable Festival of Lies in Global DanceFest Fall 2007, performed to live music by local favorites Wagogo, set the stage for another provocative piece by Linyekula’s Studios Kabako. In more more more...future three dancers twist and rage to the seething poems of Antoine Vumilia Muhindo and the driving rhythms of Congolese pop and Sex Machine funk star Flamme Kapaya with his five-member on-stage band in a fierce celebration of hope in the face of despair.

Linyekula is a virtuosic dancer whose elongated musculature accentuates the sinuous isolation of shoulders and neck, and a taut inner pulsing of muscles. His movement style unleashes memories of butoh, break dance, and Forsythe-inspired improvisation… Linyekula has said: “Perhaps my only true country is my body.” –Mark Franko and Juliet Neidish

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Faustin Linyekula in more more more…future; photo by Agathe Poupeny

WHO IS THIS… Beneath My Skin?

Desiré Davids/Floating Outfit Project (South Africa) \

Choreography and Interpretation by Desiré Davids
Photography and Videography by Pascale Béroujon

Desiré Davids, Photo by Pascale Béroujon

October 7 and October 8, 2011
Friday and Saturday, 8pm

In work that is both personal and abstract, WHO IS THIS… Beneath My Skin? explores the idea of self interacting with culture and community through dance, photo images and live and fixed video projection. A 50-minute version for Global DanceFest incorporates performers and ideas gained from a residency with the VSA Day Arts Program, pushing boundaries and opening more boxes to reveal yet another layer of “us.”

Internationally recognized contemporary dancer Desiré Davids has worked with most of the major choreographers and companies in South Africa and with renowned choreographers from Europe and elsewhere on the African continent. Davids performed for Global DanceFest in both Spring 2006, as co-founder of Floating Outfit Project with Boyzie Cekwana, and in Fall 2010, with Association Noa/Company Vincent Mantsoe.

Davids…offers a 21st century meta-narrative of the female and the female body which serves as a critique of the way in which individuals are made to fit into neat little packages. –JOMBA! Festival 2010


Desiré Davids, Photo by Pascale Béroujon

The Retrospective Project/ Regeneration: Raven ▪Night Tide ▪White Dance

Eiko & Koma (NYC/Japan)
with Special Guest Artist Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo)

Eiko & Koma, photo by Anna Lee Campbell

September 30 and October 1, 2011
Friday and Saturday, 8pm

Eiko & Koma return to Albuquerque and Global DanceFest as part of their Retrospective Project, a three-year retrospective of their forty-year career as experimental choreographer-performers. Regeneration is a perfect fit for New Mexico, beginning with Raven, a haunting duet to music by noted Taos Pueblo artist Robert Mirabal, in work that unfolds on scorched canvas strewn with black feathers. Night Tide follows as a jewel-like example of the way Eiko and Koma can make body and landscape blend. A third work, White Dance, is a distilled version of the first piece they made together and the first to be shown in America.

Since 1972 Japanese-born choreographers/dancers Eiko & Koma have created a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound, presenting their works at theaters, universities, museums, galleries and festivals world-wide and garnering recognition with numerous awards and fellowships. Regeneration is part of Eiko & Koma’s 2009-2012 tour, The Retrospective Project, which draws from New Mexico and the arc of their four-decade career as a springboard for moving forward.

There is some nudity during the performance.

The out-of-time, fantastical worlds that this Japanese-American pair create through glacial movement and magical design elements linger in the mind’s eye long after each performance concludes. –Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

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Photo by Anna Lee Campbell

Global DanceFest & National Hispanic Cultural Center Present: El Sueño de la Razón/Slumber of Reason

Directed by Tim Perez, Music by Wes Hambright
Performed by Latina Dance Theater Project

Panaibra Gabriel Canda, photo courtesy Arthur Fink

March 25-26, 2011

Friday & Saturday, 8pm

Inspired by Los Caprichos, a set of 18th century etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, Latina Dance Theater Project (LDTP) has created a new set of modern day “caprichos” to explore superstitions and social abuses affecting our modern world, from the darkest to the most absurdly humorous. Slumber of Reason brandishes humor as a tool of social criticism in a series of arresting vignettes combining movement, spoken and sung text, and haunting video.

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Global DanceFest & National Hispanic Cultural Center Present: I Drink The Air Before Me

Choreography by Stephen Petronio, Music by Nico Muhly
Performed by the Stephen Petronio Company

Stephen Petronio Company, photo by Sarah Silver

March 18 & 19, 2011

Friday & Saturday, 8pm

With a New York burst of power and panache Stephen Petronio Company returns to Albuquerque and Global DanceFest to perform for the first time at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Petronio is widely regarded as one of the leading dance makers of his generation. New music, visual art and fashion collide in his dances producing powerfully modern landscapes for the senses. Created in celebration of 25 years of dance, Petronio’s I Drink the Air Before Me takes audiences on an exhilarating ride through a tempest at sea in which “…music and choreography create a sonic, ephemeral wave…ferocious speed, rigorous structure and dancers who ravel and unravel like ribbons.”(Gia Kourlas, The New York Times)

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photo by Sarah Silver

Global DanceFest Presents: Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos

Choreographed and Performed by Panaibra Gabriel Canda, Music by Jorge Domingos

Panaibra Gabriel Canda, photo courtesy Arthur Fink

March 11 & 12, 2011

Friday & Saturday, 8pm

Dancer, choreographer and teacher Panaibra Gabriel Canda returns to Global DanceFest with a new solo created to capture the spirit and vitality of Mozambique in Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos. The dance is performed to live marrabenta music by guitarist Jorge Domingos. Marrabenta is an urban style of Mozambican music originating in local folk and African pop music which was played as a protest against colonial rule. Panaibra was born in Maputo around the time of his country’s independence from Portugal and raised on the marrabenta music of his father as they experienced the struggles of a new country.


photo courtesy Arthur Fink


Tricklock Company & Global DanceFest Present The Maids

By Jean Genet; creative adaptation performed by Theater 8

Theater 8: The Maids

January 14 - 16, 2011

Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 6pm; Sunday, 2pm

Tricklock Company is partnering with Global DanceFest to present Theater 8, of Yerevan, Armenia.  A former republic of the Soviet Union, Armenia has never before been represented in the Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Always seeking to expand its breadth of cultural offerings, Tricklock was excited to discover Theater 8’s The Maids.  This creative adaptation of Jean Genet’s original play is strikingly beautiful and ferociously physical.

The plot focuses on two maids who construct elaborate fantasies while their mistress is away. They act out power dynamics, taking turns berating each other while pretending to be the mistress. As they repeatedly plot her murder, the game gets darker and it seems they may be past the point of no return. The story is told without the use of language, making the show engaging and accessible to audiences world-wide. This supple dance/theatre performance will appeal to fans of Global DanceFest and Revolutions as well as anyone who wants to have their breath taken away by the magic of live performance at its most thrilling.

Theater 8 was founded in 2006, and first premiered The Maids in 2007. The company has toured internationally since, including to The International Theater Festival in Trabzon, Turkey, and The International Theater Festival in Brest, Belarus. They have steadily garnered recognition and critical acclaim, most recently winning first place and a special jury prize in the Apostrof International Theatre Festival in Prague.

photo courtesy of Theater 8


Global DanceFest and FILM: Setting the Stage
A Weekend of International Film

Faat Kine

October 2-3, 2010

Saturday, 6pm

FAAT KINE (Senegal) Directed by Ousmane Sembene, 2000

In FAAT KINE, Ousmane Sembene, the unquestioned father of African cinema, calls his fellow Africans to a reckoning of the post-independence era at the beginning of a new century. At 77, he sums up 40 years of path-breaking filmmaking with a penetrating analysis of the interplay of gender, economics and power in today's Africa. Sembene accomplishes all this through the deceptively light domestic drama of FAAT KINE, a gas station operator born, significantly, the same year as Senegalese independence, 1960. From its first shot to its surprising last, FAAT KINE is Sembene's tribute to what he calls the "everyday heroism of African women."

Saturday, 8pm

THE END OF SUMMER (Japan) Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, 1961

THE END OF SUMMER, Yasujiro Ozu's penultimate film: the old vs. the new, generational shifts, family loyalty, death. It's all in there in this wonderfully elegiac film. Leave it to Ozu to make the smoke from a crematorium chimney look positively poetic. 'It's the cycle of life,' someone watching the smoke comments. Indeed. - Donald Wilmott

Sunday, 4pm

QUAND LES ETOILES RENCONTRENT LA MER (Madagascar) Directed by Raymond Rajaonarivelo, 1996

Raymond Rajaonarivelo follows his epic first film on the Malagasy liberation struggle, Taba Taba, with a very different, poetic film exploring the relationship between traditional and modern concepts of human freedom. As the title suggests, Rajaonarivelo frames his film around three visual symbols or leit motifs, sky, sea and, by implication, the land marooned between them or life between birth and death.

Sunday, 6pm

FLOATING WEEDS (Japan) Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, 1959

"FLOATING WEEDS is like a familiar piece of music that I can turn to for reassurance and consolation. It is so atmospheric--so evocative of a quiet fishing village during a hot and muggy summer--that it envelops me. Its characters are like neighbors. It isn't a sad story; the central character is an actor with a healthy ego, who has tried to arrange his life according to his own liking and finds to his amazement that other people have wills of their own. He is funny, wrong-headed and finally touching." -Roger Ebert

Photo: Faat Kine


Global DanceFest: The Talking Drum-Poetry & Music at 516 ARTS
Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala (Zimbabwe/South Africa)

A STREET ARTS Celebration Event

Jonathan Nkala

October 8, 2010- Friday, 8pm

Event will be held at 516 ARTS

(located downtown Albuquerque at 516 Central Ave SW)

Global DanceFest and 516 ARTS welcome Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala from Zimbabwe for a series of performances in Albuquerque. A published playwright, actor, poet, musician and comedian, Nkala’s work is informed by his harrowing escape from Zimbabwe to South Africa in 2002.

At 516 ARTS, Nkala will perform The Talking Drum, poetry and music piece For STREET ARTS: a Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression. Nkala says about The Talking Drum, “Many, many years ago, in the days of our ancestors, when people lived according to their clans, villages were very far apart and separated by big mountains. When the Chief of a certain clan wanted to send a message to another clan, he would send the Nyanduri, a poet, to the top of the mountain. Using his drum, the Nyanduri would play different tunes according to the message. The messages would be replied to or passed on in the same way. This is how messages were communicated. This was the ancient and reliable way of communication. This was the talking drum.”

Jonathan Nkala/The Crossing, photo courtesy of Erica Petersen

The Crossing; The Bicycle Thief

Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala (Zimbabwe/South Africa)
written and performed by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala, directed by Bo Petersen

October 9-10, 2010

Saturday, 8pm & Sunday, 6pm

Global DanceFest and 516 ARTS welcome Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala from Zimbabwe for a series of performances in Albuquerque. A published playwright, actor, poet, musician and comedian, Nkala’s work is informed by his harrowing escape from Zimbabwe to South Africain in 2002, when as a 21-year-old, Nkala and his friend made their way to the Limpopo River, the border with South Africa, with a plan to get across it by any means necessary to escape the political and economic chaos of their country. In the end they walked over 200km, swam the river and went through numerous challenges to get across South Africa. For the first time ever, the survivor of this ordeal is in the U.S. to tell his story.

At N4th Theater Global DanceFest will present U.S. premieres of two unique theatrical storytelling works written and performed by Jonathan Nkala: The Crossing, the story of Nkala’s journey from the ravaged Zimbabwe, and The Bicycle Thief.

Upon arriving in South Africa Nkala worked as a gardener, a handyman and a vendor and performed his story in the streets of Cape Town. In 2006 he was cast in a Motorola commercial where he met Erica “Bo” Petersen, an actress, producer, director and writer who worked with him as his drama coach. After forming a partnership, Nkala and Petersen presented The Crossing at the Harare International Festival of The Arts in 2009. The Crossing was part of The Voorkamerfees in Darling and toured schools in the Eastern and Western Cape. Both The Crossing and The Bicycle Thief were also performed at Grahamstown National Arts Fringe Festival, The Baxter Theatre, New Space Theatre, The Cape Town Holocaust Centre and many more.

Association Noa/Cie Vincent Mantsoe (South Africa/France)

Choreographed by Vincent Mantsoe; Performed by Vincent Mantsoe, Aude Arago, Romain Cappello, Desire Davids, Sara Cereaux; Music by Shahram Nazeri, Lighting & Set Design by Serge Damon

Vincent Mantsoe

October 15 & 16, 2010

Friday & Saturday, 8pm

Backed by mesmerizing and rhythmic music renowned South African choreographer and performer Vincent Mantsoe and four other dancers from southern and southeast Africa and France transport audiences with a new piece about the San, the Bushmen, living witnesses of a long human journey that started over 20,000 years ago.

Since 1997, Global DanceFest has presented Mantsoe twice—in 2005 with a solo work NDAA/Awaking of the Self, and again in 2007 with his company performing Men Jaro. In SAN, Vincent’s signature movement is transposed on five dancers of various heights and nationalities, colors and degrees of sinuosity, a fascinating juxtaposition. Meanwhile the historical and spiritual ambience of the search for the ancestors, which is at the heart of the work, takes the dancers back and forth across the stage guided by a crisscrossing of white string and accompanied by hauntingly beautiful Sufi music and verses from Rumi. SAN is mesmerizing—always a good word to describe this artist and his work. Local dance aficionados will celebrate this beautiful work and new dance lovers will join the Vincent Mantsoe fan club!

Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe grew up in Soweto dancing with his mother and aunt, traditional ‘sangomas,’ learning the particular rhythms that result in a state of trance. With this as the basis for all that would follow—training in world and contemporary dance—his unique movement style he describes as "Afro-fusion and beyond" was born. Mantsoe currently resides in France but returns often to his home in Soweto. SAN is his newest artistic exploration of humanity's adaptation to change, a quest for balance and how life may be lived in the 21st Century.

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Vincent Mantsoe © Pascale Beroujon

Tyler Tyler
Yasuko Yokoshi (Japan/NYC)

Created by Yasuko Yokoshi and Masumi Seyama; Performed by Kayo Seyama, Kuniya Sawamura, Naoki Asaji, Julie Alexander, Kayvon Pourazar; Original Music by Steven Reker

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October 22 & 23, 2010

Friday & Saturday, 8pm

Tyler Tyler puts Japanese classical Kabuki dance/theater and American postmodern dance together onstage in a contemporary retelling of a war tragedy from Japanese history. The new work was created by NYC choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi in artistic partnership with Masumi Seyama, revered master teacher of Kabuki Su-Odori dance and the heir to the legacy of Kanjyuro Fujima VI, one of the renowned Kabuki choreographers of the 20th Century in Japan. Collaborators Yokoshi and Seyama dare to face boundaries of different training, cultural code and social hierarchy yet simultaneously desire to cherish the forms and beauty of universal language of dance.

Tyler Tyler features a Japanese actor and two Kabuki dancers, including Kayo Seyama, the oldest disciple and member of Seyama Dance Family and a woman who has spent over 50 years assisting Masumi Seyama in preserving this traditional dance form. The Japanese performers' cultural counterparts are American contemporary dancers Julie Alexander and Kayvon Pourazar, along with musician Steven Reker, who toured the world as a guitarist, singer and dancer with Everything will Happen Today, a musical performance composed by David Byrne and Brian Eno.

"...From his first calculated stumble, while Alexander plays on a tiny, toy grand piano and sings in Japanese, we are being primed for the subtle refined ambiguity that will play out over the course of the work. This and the section that follows, with Asaji playing the mini piano and singing “every Sha-La-La-La-La, every Whoa-o-o-o” from the Carpenters “Yesterday Once More” complete with merged phonemes, serve as primers letting the audience in on the challenge and joke of cultural confusions. There is a clash of cultures, there is a merging of mores, and while at moments light and delightful, it is never trite." —Culturebot post by m.donohue/March 21, 2010

Yasuko Yokoshi was born in Hiroshima, Japan but has lived in NYC since 1981. She has been contrasting and combining the two cultures ever since. Yasuko is the recipient of numerous awards including two “Bessies.” Her work is performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia.

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Tyler Tyler; photo by Alexandra Corraza