Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza

Who knew Mexican modern dance isn't an anachronism? Until Northrop announced its dance season opener, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza, widely considered Mexico's premiere modern-dance company, one could hardly be blamed for immediately defaulting to the fringed shawls and ruffled skirts, folk art, and ethnic traditions usually brought to Twin Cities stages. There'll be none of that Friday night. Pérez-Salas's work possesses a dark, elemental quality infused with a surrealist sensibility that grips the senses and won't let go. She surrounds her lean, fierce choreography with cinematic soundscapes and embeds gestural phrasing in theatrical settings replete with water, fabric, and lush lighting. Of the three works on the program, "Ex-Stasis" promises a kinetic look at the cultural frisson arising from the shifting tectonic plates of tradition and technology. "Waters of Forgetfulness," however, provoked by Ivan Illich's essay, places the sensually evocative dancers in a shallow pool. A salsa dance party on Northrop Plaza before the show features Charanga Tropical, while the afterparty celebrates Mexico's independence from Spain, with music spun by DJs from KFAI's Radio Poncho and an art installation by U of M professor Ali Momeni and Minneapolis Art on Wheels. (Photo by José Jorge Carreón)
Fri., Sept. 24, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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