Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing The Boundaries

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Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing The Boundaries performances were held on August 15th and 16th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. This is the second year SummerStage and the Faison Firehouse has collaborated on the outdoor, free to the public performing arts presentation; and it has already become one the most anticipated and well attended events offered in the summer series.

By:  Walter Rutledge

                     

In Rituals choreographer Cecilia Marta transported us to a lush rainforest inhabited by regal and exotic loincloth clad, feather adorned beings. They strutted, danced and poised with dowel sticks that functioned as canes, batons and weaponry. Marta did not mimic any particular culture; instead we were in a distinct land, which she created. This was clearly reflected in her uniquely stylized vocabulary and compositional structure.

 

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With an explosion of lights, sound and energy the Faison Dance Experience took command of the stage. The music shifted from the transcendental The Energy Within by Guru Shri Durga Charan Ranbir to the urban driving pulse of Janet Jackson’s 1989 hit Rhythm Nation. Here Faison displayed his signature blend of modern, jazz, ballet and vernacular/street dance. Worthy of a primetime slot on MTV the work moved with a dazing burst of excitement somewhere between “break neck” and cyclonic.

Source:  Walter Rutledge, Out and About NYC Magazine

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