Danceworks Laboratory, Act I: Queen of the Night, Hall Spirits, Sola; January 21, 2006
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Performance at the McCullough Theatre, UT-Austin.
Saturday, Act I. Sola: This piece was created during a residency in Mazatlan, Mexico with Claudia Lavista of Delfos Danza Contemporanea. It is part of a larger performance project of solo commissions from various women around the world. Hall Spirits: The mask used in Hall Spirits is over 150 years old. Dance Content Origin: Toshiko Namioka is a direct descendent of the Namioka Samurai Daimyo, a social class directly below the Shogun ruling class. The Namioka Daimyo Samurai occupied a castle several centuries ago which ruins are now under archaeological study. The choreographic inspiration for Toshiko Namioka's mask dance "Hall Spirits" originates from recurring dreams in which ancestral spirits re-play a loop of events within moonlit halls filled with the spiritual remnants of human betrayal & uncontrollable demonic forces. Court Dance, commissioned by First Night Austin, was originally created as a site-specific work in the lobby of the Frost Bank building in downtown Austin. Choreography: Jose Luis Bustamante (Queen of the Night, Court Dance); Toshiko Namioka (Hall Spirits); Claudia Lavista (Sola). Dance Company: Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks. Dancers: Yebel Gallegos, Theresa Hardy, Erin Lane, Khoi Le, Daria Neidre, Cecilia Poeger, Andee Scott, Victoria Stoyanova (Queen of the Night, Excerpts from Court Dance); Toshiko Namioka (Hall Spirits); Andee Scott (Sola) Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Queen of the Night); Kurt Nebel (Hall Spirits); "Cuaderno de Viaje II," Mario Lavista (Sola); George Frideric Handel (Excerpts from Court Dance). Costumes: Amy Burrell (Queen of the Night, Excerpts from Court Dance, Sola). Set/Environment: Jose Luis Bustamante (Sola). Stage Manager: Yvonne Kimmons. Catalyst Programmer: Autumn Casey. Stage Crew/Projectors: Adam Levine, Paul Hancock.
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