Artistic Director Javier Dzul weaves the magic of Mayan mythology through his choreographies while connecting the bridges between the ancient and the contemporary and blurring the boundaries between real and imagined. The choreographies are performed by Javier Dzul, guest contortionist Anna Venizelos (formerly of Cirque du Soleil), guest aerialists Chelsea Bacon and Jordann Baker along with his company of dancers/aerialists Ivanova Aguilar, Kyla Ernst Alper, Cornelius Brown, Robin Taylor Dzul, Blake Faulds, Junichi Fukuda, Jason Jordan and Nicole Lichau. Collaborators include Guatemalan composer Sergio Reyes and sound/image artist Jacob Robinette, with lighting design by Phillipe Bachy and Stephen Petrilli, and costume design by Javier Dzul.
"Javier Dzul sent people twisting and turning with remarkable elasticity. They made skillful use of devices that turned them into creatures of the air as well as of the earth." - The New York Times
"Electrifying...(Dzul's) compositions create tumultuous psychological echoes of a socio-cultural past and emotional maps of a possible human future." - Magazine.Art
Danzon will be performed February 5, 6 and 7. "Danzon" is a love story that focuses on an angel's choice to become mortal in order to experience love. Dzul uses Mayan mythological figures Ix Chel, goddess of creation, and Ix Tab, goddess of sacrifice, as a foundation to explore themes of dualism, mystic romanticism and tragedy. Danzon premiered at the Festival Internacional del Centro Historico in Mexico in November. The choreography was originally created on and performed by la Compania de Danza Contemporanea del Estado de Campeche; a dance and aerial company funded by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) of Mexico and the Government of Campeche. Javier Dzul is the founder and artistic director of this new company.
The Symbol Bearer will be performed February 12, 13 and 14. The Symbol Bearer tells a story of devastation, revolution and resurrection inspired by the Mayan symbol bearer glyphs, figures believed to hold the secrets of the universe. The choreography explores the propensity of man to make mistakes and the potential for art to transform our moral landscape. This choreography was co-presented by and premiered at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in New York City in September 2008. The choreography was then presented at Performing the World Festival in NYC, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico and at the Millbrook School in upstate New York. The choreography will appear again in Mexico at Muestra Internacional de Danza de Oaxaca in March.