Agua Dulce Dance Theater presents...DEEP LISTENING
Choreographers Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton present 3 works featuring Puerto Rican vocalist José Joaquín García and Puerto Rican percussionist Héctor "Coco" Barez with lighting design by Michael Jarett and costume design by Isabela Tavares.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 2015
DESCRIPTION OF PIECES:
algún día...some day
A duet choreographed and performed by Díaz and Thornton with vocalist José Joaquín García, deals with the urgency of the present moment, a moment that does not exist. In a relationship there is only what we have been and what we will become.
one head many hats
Mixing spoken word, movement, and song, Matthew Thornton investigates personal and social histories dealing with his own identity as son, grandson, and father.
Deep Listening is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Puerto Rican dance artist Alicia Díaz and Puerto Rican percussionist Héctor "Coco" Barez. The piece is an improvised conversation between movement and sound, between dancer and musician, and between memory and identity.
AGUA DULCE DANCE THEATER
Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton co-founded Agua Dulce Dance Theater in New York City in 2006. The company creates work for concert dance, outdoor environments, multi-media, and site-specific projects. Agua Dulce has performed in Mexico, Puerto Rico and across the U.S., including the 2006 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series. Agua Dulce collaborated with choreographer Steven Iannacone in Desde el Jardín performed in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Alumni Concert in NYC. Their work The Seed and The Gardener, a film by KimSu Theiler was presented in the 2011 Dance Films @ The Flea Festival. Outdoor video piece dust, created in collaboration with KimSu Theiler and Thayer Jonutz, was presented in the 2015 American College Dance Association. down by the riverside, i remember you, a film by Alicia Díaz, was one of two winners at the 2nd Annual Richmond Dance Festival Film Night. In 2013, Agua Dulce opened for Grammy award winning musical sextet "eighth blackbird" with passing through, presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts.
ALICIA DÍAZ, Puerto Rican dance artist, teaches at The University of Richmond, is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater and is an M.F.A. candidate at The George Washington University, where she was awarded a University Fellowship. Díaz has performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza: Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contemporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions. Her choreography has been presented in the USA, Latin America and Spain. Most recently, she performed with Maida Wither's Dance Construction Company at the Kennedy Center and the George Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
MATTHEW THORNTON combines dance, theater, somatic practices, and martial arts. He performed with Pilobolus Dance Theater and is a master teacher of the Pilobolus Method. Other dance companies: Jody Oberfelder, Freespace Dance, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions. He recently performed with Maida Wither's Dance Construction Company at the Kennedy Center and the George Lisner Auditiorium. Thornton teaches Capoeira Angola, partnering, and Chi-gung at The University of Richmond. He has choreographed original works for University Dancers, and for UR theatre productions. Thornton hosts a monthly Richmond Contact Improvisation Jam, and a weekly Open Session for practitioners of Capoeira Angola.
JOSÉ JOAQUÍN GARCÍA Puerto Rican director, composer, actor, singer, writer, and teaching artist. José has performed with The New Group, Repertorio Español, LaTea, The Public Theatre, and Pregones Theater Company. He understudied Rubén Blades in Paul Simon's The Capeman, on Broadway. He co-founded Rubí Theater Company, where he directed Martín Espada's Imagine the Angels of Bread (New York Hip Hop Theater Festival, New World Theater, MASS/Amherst), works by Nicholasa Mohr's The Bronx Remembered (Henry Street Settlement). With Rubí, José appeared on Tanga Sweet by Mario Bauzá, and the Grammy winning album Catch That Train by Dan Zanes.
HÉCTOR "COCO" BAREZ Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, was a founding member and toured 7 years with the Grammy award-winning alternative Latin band Calle 13. Coco has also had the opportunity to record, collaborate and perform with a wide variety of Latin and World music artists including Bio Ritmo, Alma Tropicalia, Don Omar, Bacilos, Mana, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Ruben Blades, William Cepeda (Puerto Rican Folk Jazz), Cultura Profetica, Calma Carmona, Diana Fuentes, Jerry Rivera, Jerry Medina & La banda, Tego Calderon (Hip-Hop), Jossette Reily (Flamenco), and Furia Flamenca.
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