A stunning dance creation conceived by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and choreographed by Peter Chin with music by Antonio Zepeda.
Dancing Americas is set to original live music by world famous composer Antonio Zepeda, celebrated for his revival of Mesoamerican and pre-Colombian indigenous music from Mexico.
Dancing Americas explores the relationships of the First Peoples of the Americas through the metaphor of the Monarch butterfly that lives in south central Canada and migrates annually to Mexico. The piece draws on the possibilities of exchange along pre-contact trade routes. The Monarch is an inspired metaphor for migration, generation, metamorphosis and beauty. Four performers from Canada and four performers from Mexico combine forces to create and shape this contemporary stage phenomenon.
In Dancing Americas, there is a 15-minute Grass Dance solo, choreographed and performed by Matthew Pheasant. Emulating a tradition that is centuries old, this dance form displays the traditional Aboriginal aesthetic, ethos and cultural pride of this land.
Dancing Americas closed the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in June 2004, and premiered at Toronto's Harbourfront Theatre Centre in March 2003, presented by Danceworks. All of the performances were sold-out to capacity houses.
Dancing Americas was rated in the Top Ten Dance Picks of 2003 by both the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star, and was considered "one of the most exciting performances of the 10-day festival at the Canada Dance Festival in 2003" by the Ottawa Citizen.
"...magnificent in the scope of its imagination ...mysterious in its beauty and driving in its beat..."
- Globe & Mail
"...makes and original statement about the continuity of continental cultures that speak to each other and to us, across the centuries."
- Toronto Star
"audacious...astonishing...magnificent...mysterious in its beauty."
- Globe & Mail
"Red Sky reveals aspects of the more-than-human world in such a way that we can see them, with new eyes, as living and sentient."
- The Dance Current
"One of the most exciting performances of the 10-day festival at the Canada Dance Festival."
- Ottawa Citizen.
Dancing Americas video
Listen to the Original Music from Dancing Americas
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