DELFOS CONTEMPORARY DANCE (Mexico)

 

LUMINOUS PASSAGES (performance)

Choreography: Víctor Manuel Ruiz, Claudia Lavista, Omar Carrum and Michael Foley

 

“Luminous passages” – a project by Delfos Contemporary Dance, presenting four miniatures of contemporary dance. Delfos Contemporary Dance delegates to AURA’24 festival three significant creators from Mexico: dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Claudia Lavista, dancer, choreographer, teacher and light designer Viktor Manuel Ruiz and choreographer, dancer Omar Carrum.

“We see choreography as a collection of maps that describe the aesthetic location of the artist in relation to the journey he or she embarks upon to discover unknown islands or recognize inner territories. The movement provides landmarks where the artist observes, reflects and reframes his own subjective reality. These maps allow us to not only to find others but also reveal ourselves.

“Luminous Passages” is a small collection of some of these personal maps. The concert is a poetic/choreographic anthology made up of four different dances that emerged from times in our lives where we were searching for answers to our many questions. These dances now appear before us as manifestations of our identities, desires, certainties and uncertainties. Each of these dances explores the deeply personal relationship between the self and its reflection, in this case: the audience. Octavio Paz wrote about the relationship between the person looking into the mirror and his reflection: “The world changes if the two look at each other and recognize one another.” In the end, though, words cannot express what happens when the dancing finally begins. The dance calls us all to observe and participate in the beautiful poetics of the body, where we move and are moved.” / Claudia Lavista /

 

1. JOAN (JUANA)

Then I must go forward alone, without knowing how. Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

Choreography: Michael Foley
Dancer: Omar Carrum*
Music: Pater Noster from Richard Einhorn with Anonymous 4 (from the piece Voices of Light)
Costume: Bill Brewer
Premiere: 1998
Duration: 9 min.

 

2. YOU HURT ME (ME DUELES)

Choreography: Víctor Manuel Ruiz**
Dancers: Omar Carrum and Agustín Martínez
Music: Hiroki Okano y Uakty
Costumes: Delfos
Premiere: 1998
Duration: 11:50 min.

 

3. ALONE AND MY SOUL (SOLO Y MI ALMA)

Choreography: Claudia Lavista***
Dancer: Agustín Martínez
Music: Meredith Monk
Costume: Delfos
Premiere: 2002
Duration: 7 min.

 

4. I WAS THINKING (ESTUVE PENSANDO)

Choreography: Omar Carrum
Music: Yann Tiersen
Dancers: Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum
Costumes: Delfos
Premiere: 2002
Duration: 7:20 min.

 

Photos by Martín Gavica.

Juana_Foto Martín GavicaMe Dueles_Foto Martín GavicaEstuve pensando_ Foto Martín Gavica_2 Estuve pensando_Foto Martín Gavica_3

 

 

solo y mi alma4_Foto Martín Gavica solo y mi alma3_Foto Martín Gavica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to the support of Insituto Sinaloense de Cultura Mexico en Escena FONCA/CONACULTA

*Guggenheim Fellow 2009, National System of Art Creators FONCA/CONACULTA 2014-16

** National System of Art Creators FONCA/CONACULTA 2012-15

***Mellon Residential Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago and National System of Art Creators – FONCA/ CONACULTA 2011-14


DELFOS CONTEMPORARY DANCE

logo delfosDelfos Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1992 by Mexican choreographers/dancers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz with the vision of creating dynamic new works in the spirit of collaboration, as well as developing a professional training program for contemporary dancers. The company is a unique collective of artists whose creative vision is characterized by the fluid physicality and poetic narratives within their diverse repertory.

Since 1998, Delfos Contemporary Dance has run the Mazatlan Professional School of Dance (EPDM), which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program. Today Delfos and the EPDM are recognized as two of the most important contemporary dance organizations in Latin America.

 

Supported by:

SRE AMEXCIDcultura

 

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