Performances added to La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival with Compañía Cuerpo de Indias and more
La MaMa has added performances to La MaMa Moves! Dance party. The last week of the festival will continue until Thursday, May 5, with the next shows from Compañía Cuerpo de Indias, John Scott Dance and Valetango Company. This annual three-week festival, now in its 17th season, is organized by Nicky Paraiso. Performances will take place at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater and The Downstairs Theatre, 66 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue), Manhattan.
Tickets for La MaMa Moves! are $25 in advance / $30 the day of the show. Students/Seniors: $20 in advance/$25 day of show. Tickets for Compañía Cuerpo de Indias Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen) are free (reservations required), but donations to Caring for Colombia are encouraged. Caring for Colombia builds bridges and mobilizes resources between U.S. donors and organizations to empower high-impact social projects in Colombia. It fosters strong relationships with local leaders and institutions, including Compañía Cuerpo de Indias (the professional company of El Colegio del Cuerpo-The School of the Body) that inspire transformation in the most vulnerable communities. Tickets are available at www.lamama.org.
Schedule of performances
Cuerpo de Indias Company
(Professional Company of Colegio del Cuerpo/The School of the Body)
Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen) (US Premiere)
Thursday and Friday 28-29 April, at 7 p.m.
Additional performances: Wednesday and Thursday 4-5 May, at 7 p.m.
Ellen Stewart Theater
Compañía Cuerpo de Indias, from Colombia, will present Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen), a contemporary dance piece conceived and directed by Álvaro Restrepo. Choreography by Marie-France Delieuvin, Ricardo Bustamante and Álvaro Restrepo to music by Leonard Cohen, it is a “six hands” tribute to one of the creators of Butoh dance: Kazuo Ohno. Without using the Butoh language, the piece is an offering made by its creators through their choreographic and poetic universe. A way to return the flowers that Kazuo Ohno and his son Yoshito sent to the Compañía Cuerpo de Indias in Tokyo during a performance for some members of the Japanese imperial family and special guests during the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Japan. Scenography, props and wardrobe by El Colegio del Cuerpo. Lighting design by Alexander Gümbel.
Cloud Study (US Premiere)
Friday and Saturday 29-30 April, at 8.30 p.m.; Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m.
The lower theater
John Scott returns to La MaMa with his latest work Cloud Study. Called “powerful and haunting” (The Arts Review), the work uses the idea of clouds as a wandering, dreamy mass that floats above everything, witnessing, dissolving and carrying storms. Two irresistible dancers, Mufutau Yusuf (who starred in Scott’s Fall and recoverat La MaMa), a Nigerian-born Irish dancer and Taryn Griggs, run to somewhere or from something, speak English and Yorùbá, communicate with their bodies, their hand signs and the dance. Music by Ryan Vial, costumes by Justine Doswell, lighting design by Eric Würtz.
Cloud Study was commissioned by the Galway International Arts Festival. John Scott The dance is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Confianza (Trust) (World Premiere)
Saturday 30 April, at 7 p.m.; Sunday May 1, at 2 p.m.
Additional performance: Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m.
Ellen Stewart Theater
In Confianza, four performers explore how to listen deeply and open a door to transformation. They ask when trust is a burden and when it is a gift, when it is entrenched and when it is elusive, if it is possible to love powerfully without compromising one’s own center. Confianza, which means confidence in Spanish, highlights the main heritage of tango, the radical interdependence of the flow of lead, and extends it beyond the embrace. In tango, even the smallest weight shift is a step. There are no set numbers or set patterns. There is only a communication of weight, direction, intensity and timing. The company translates tango improvisation into a broad dance vocabulary imbued with theatrical intent. Confianza explores the delicate balance of trust and distrust negotiated in ambivalent relationships and explores the impact of trust as a source of meaning and growth. Designed and created by Valeria Solomonoffand choreographed in collaboration by performers Rodney Hamilton, Orlando Reyes Ibarra, Alondra Meek and Solomonoff. Dramatic direction, scenography and text of Orlando Pabotoy. Lighting design by Charlotte Seeling, costume design by Gail Baldoni.
About La MaMa Moves! dance festival
The 17th season of La MaMa Moves! The dance festival was made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with special thanks to the City Council President Corey Johnson; New York State Council of the Arts with support from the Governor and New York State Legislature; Ford Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Jerome Robbins Foundation; the Shubert Foundation and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
The MaMa is dedicated to the artist and to all aspects of theatre. The historic 60th season of La MaMa is committed to radical access, full access that includes physical and economic accessibility, opportunity, representation and relevance. La MaMa celebrates its 60th season with the reopening of its first permanent home at 74A East 4th Street after extensive renovations ensuring new generations of artists have a space to create work and change the way we think about and experience art. , and ultimately transform our cultural narrative. La MaMa’s vision of nurturing new artists and new works remains as strong today as it was when Ellen Stewart opened in 1961 and has featured over 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from all nations, cultures, races and identities.
Recipient of the 2018 Regional Theater Tony Award, more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie and Villager Awards, La MaMa has been a creative home for thousands of artists, many of whom have made lasting contributions to the arts. . , including Blue Man Group, Ping ChongAndré De Shields, Adrienne Kennedy, Harvey Fierstein, Diane Lane, Warren Leight, Michael MayerTadeusz Kantor, Bette Midler, Monk Meredith, Peter BrookDavid and Amy Sedaris, Julie TaylorKazuo Ohno, Marc Shaimanand Scott Wittman.