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Dzul Dance returns after a sell-out 2010 season with the premiere of Forest of Kings, and the return of the highly acclaimed performance, Danzon. The new work is to be presented as part of a two week program with Danzon and classic repertoire Rosas y Espinas. Danzon will be performed on Thursday, January 13 and Saturday, January 15 at 8pm. Rosas y Espinas will be performed Friday, January 14 at 8:00pm and Sunday, January 16 at 3pm. The Forest of Kings will be performed Thursday, January 20 at 8pm, Friday, January 21 at 8pm, Saturday, January 22 at 8pm and Sunday, January 23 at 3pm. In his latest choreography, Forest of Kings, Dzul reflects on his childhood growing up Mayan in the jungles of southern Mexico. He explores his experiences with the Mayan rituals of transformation and examines his past relationship and connection to the natural world. With help from lighting designer Benjamin Briones, costume design by Javier Dzul and set design by Thorne Taylor, Forest of Kings creates a different way of seeing and understanding the world. In this new work Javier Dzul transforms, more than ever before, his company of aerialists and dancers into breathtaking earthbound and airborne forces of nature. Danzon, which refers to a type of music and stylized dance that originated in Mexico's bawdy nightclub salons in the 1930s and '40s, premiered in New York City in 2010, with two weekend sell-out performances at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. The choreography is an amalgamation of Mayan beliefs and Spanish Catholicism that tells the story of a mythical angel who chooses to become mortal in order to experience human love. Lured from the heavens, the angel falls to Earth in a tragic tale of mystic romanticism. A special addition to opening weekend is Rosas y Espinas (Roses and Thorns) an evening of solo, duet and group repertory from 2005-2009 performances, choreographed to Latin music. The dances are a celebration of iconic Mexico, featuring everything from classical Mexican love songs, to big-band salsa, to iconic figures such as Emiliano Zapata, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as historic Mexican cultural traditions such as the Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Rosas y Espinas is an idyllic program for aficionados of Mexican culture, Latin music lovers and hopeless romantics.

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