featuring choreography by Luis Montero and Paula Frasz
Mosaic of Spanish Dance will highlight choreography by worldrenowned Spanish dance performer and choreographer, Luis Montero with a performance of Bolero with music by Maurice Ravel. Within this dance lies the ambiance of escuela bolero, a classical technique used to broaden the traditional Spanish dance, which utilizes the talents of the classically trained dancers to capture the drama, emotion and theatricality which the music demands. Flamenco, known for its stomps, hand claps, and energy as well as elements of classical ballet, are artistically intertwined in the piece, as only Luis Montero can do it.
Mosaic of Spanish Dance also features the renewed collaboration of Montero and NIU SoTD dance faculty member, Paula Frasz, in telling the story of the classic Spanish play, The House of Bernarda Alba, by Garcia-Lorca, through the linear structure of dance. With Montero’s help, Frasz’s dance company, Dansz Loop Chicago, premiered the dance adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba in 2007.
Montero’s choreographic work includes classical, modern, and postmodern dance. He has performed with and created choreography for the New York City Opera, Nashville Ballet, Yamada Tokyo Ballet, and many more.
November 15 - 18, 2012