Global DanceFest 2012

New Mexico’s Window on the World of Contemporary Dance

TOOL IS LOOT

Wally Cardona (CA/NM/NYC)
Choreographed and Performed by Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey

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

April 13-14, 2012

Friday & Saturday, 8pm
[Friday March 13 includes post performance reception & talk-back]

 

Bessie Award-winning choreographer Wally Cardona has made a name for himself with large-scale works that incorporate a multitude of objects. Jennifer Lacey is a dance visionary based in Paris. To create Tool Is Loot Cardona and Lacey spent the first year of their collaboration working on separate continents, each collaborating with nondance experts (e.g., an opera singer, a salesman, a social activist) to create solos that are interwoven with a pas de deux they developed together during the summer. This collaboration... incorporated strangers' feedback, from the mundane to the profound, to show their inimitable, transfixing gifts as performers (Gia Kourlas, TimeOut New York).


More info: www.wcvismorphing.org

 

Tool Is Loot; artwork by Adam Shecter

FULL OF WORDS; TO COLOR ME DIFFERENT; LIGHT SHELTER

AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, CA)
FULL OF WORDS choreographed by Marc Brew; TO COLOR ME DIFFERENT choreographed by Alex Ketley; LIGHT SHELTER choreographed by David Dorfman

Jonathan Nkala

March 23-24

Friday & Saturday, 8pm
[Friday March 23 includes post performance reception & talk-back]

Renowned AXIS Dance Company is back to perform three pieces from their marvelous repertory of work created for them by world class choreographers. In U.K. choreographer Marc Brew's Full of Words, his edgy, intricate movement vocabulary asks questions of what it is to be human and who might dance while David Dorfman's Light Shelter explores states of light and darkness, community and isolation. In To Color Me Different, a duet by choreographer Alex Ketley in collaboration with poet Carl Snow, ...word and action seem to prosper and blossom in a genuine synthesis. Bodies thrust and retreat, enablers become partners. (Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance).

More info:
www.axisdance.org

AXIS Dance Company's Full of Words by Marc Brew
Dancers: Rodney Bell & Sonsheree Giles Photo by Andrea Basile

KAWA: A SOLO FOR TWO

Hafiz Dhaou & Aïcha M'Barek/CHATHA (Tunisia/France)

Vincent Mantsoe

March 16-17

Friday & Saturday, 8pm
[dessert, coffee & talk-back post performance

Global DanceFest warmly welcomes back Aicha M'Barek and Hafiz Dhaou, co-founders of the company CHATHA. M'Barek and Dhaou have created a piece performed by Dhaou to hauntingly beautiful music and the words of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish to capture the essence of two things: of artists striving to maintain the purity of their art in a commercial world, and of coffee ("kawa" in Arabic) to the clink and clatter of coffee cups and the powerful fragrance which offers so many promises of awakening, contemplation and friendship.

More info:
www.chatha.org

Haiz Dhaou; photo by Jef Rabillon

JE DANSE ET JE VOUS EN DONNE À BOUFFER (I DANCE AND I GIVE YOU TO EAT)

Radhouane El Meddeb/La compagnie de soi (Tunisia/France)

Tyler Tyler image

March 9-10, 2012

Friday & Saturday, 7pm
[performances at 7pm; couscous served at 8:30pm]

Actor, filmmaker, choreographer, dancer, Radhouane El Meddeb infuses his dance with an aura of sly humor, tainted innocence and sensual movement.
The evocative title lets you easily imagine what this performance might be. Seated before the couscous maker, I prepare a couscous and I dance with all the grandeur, generosity and poetry of these two arts. Between tomato concentrate, courgettes, carrots and cinnamon: a leap, a glance, a suspension or a rupture. Between the semolina and a chasse croise, the dish simmers. It smells good, there's singing, dancing... even eating! -Radhouane El Meddeb

more info:
www.lacompagniedesoi.com

Radhoune El Meddeb; photo by Antoine Tempe