Following their stellar sold-out appearance at Luminato in 2015, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company returns with a mixed-bill featuring works choreographed by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Canadian Aszure Barton and Batsheva Dance Company’s Ohad Naharin.
The Cuba-based Malpaso Dance Company’s Los Angeles debut was a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning.
Dreaming of Lions
once again unites Artistic Director Osnel Delgado with Grammy Award-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, finding inspiration in the Hemingway classic The Old Man and the Sea
. With balletic precision and muscular, grounded floorwork, Malpaso’s dancers channel the original story’s timeless themes of pride, loss, and perseverance, performing inventive phrases that ripple like waves across the formidable sea. Toronto gets the first chance to see the suite version of the work originally commissioned by Luminato.
is choreographed by Canada’s multi-talented, award-winning Aszure Barton with music by Alexander Balanescu, Michael Nyman, and Nils Frahm. The cast of eight approach her subtly complex movements with rich nuance, resulting in a piece that is simple, stunning, and totally engrossing.
Batsheva Dance Company’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin chose the music of Arvo Pärt for Tabula Rasa
, a work that carries the hallmark signature of his approach. Naharin — hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary dance choreographers — creates work with both emotional depth and extreme technical difficulty. Tabula Rasa
is a striking blend of powerful expression and serenity.
An Associate Company of JOYCE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS. Dreaming of Lions (full version) was co-commissioned by Luminato, Joan and Jerry Lozinski, and The Yard.