With an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi, BOTANICA reveals nature's changing imagery. An herbal remedy and natural aphrodisiac, BOTANICA shows off the endlessly renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers, with costumes, projections and custom-made props and puppetry adding an extra dose of fantasy to the elixir. This is dance at its most organic and inventive. The seasons will never be the same.
"True hula is the quintessential expression of Hawaiian cultural values," notes director Michael Pang. Halau Hula Ka No'eau with deep roots in tradition is dedicated to preserving and performing traditional hula, a dance style called hula ku'i passed down from late hula master Maiki Aiu Lake. This styling is reflected in the gentle mannerisms and courtly dances of the Hawaiian Monarchy during the late 1800s. The evening also includes pieces focused on kahiko (ancient) and auana (contemporary) hula. "Dance of deceptive simplicity and song and drumming of formidable complexity.. a flow of increasing rhythmic detail and staccato push." -Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE SERIES (4 events – all beginning at 8:00pm)
Orchestra seating $130 Balcony seating $110
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The Company, performing a diverse repertory by the foremost choreographers of our time as well as emerging artists, looks to a vibrant future that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. The works fuse Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move. The choreographers represent a multitude of nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia.
The sexy athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement of the ten dancers in Parsons Dance returns to the Duncan Theatre for the first time since 1995! Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer David Parsons creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are both engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. Parsons Dance tours nationally and internationally, including an annual season in New York City.