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Latina Dance Festival!

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photo of Juanita Suarez by Steve Clarke; courtesy of the Latina Dance Project

photo of Juanita Suarez by Steve Clarke; courtesy of the Latina Dance Project
A year and a half ago, the Latina Dance Project brought their latest dance theater production to the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. The four members of the company presented a picture of the world as seen through the eyes of highly accomplished dance artists/educators whose cultural backgrounds reach to Mexico, Brazil and the southwest USA. Perhaps opening some theatergoers’ eyes in the process, their work aptly dramatized or abstracted this not-too-often-seen-on-a-stage perspective of life in the pre-Obama USA.The smart and strong women of the Latina Dance Project have re-united and return to share more stories in Embodying Borders. Part of a weekend Festival de Latinas Bailando/Festival of Latinas Dancing, this evening is made of solos created and performed by the company’s core members: Licia Perea, Eluza Santos, Juanita Suarez and Eva Tessler. Musical guest and east LA alternative music scene pioneer Lysa Flores and her trio will also join them.

Promotional material states that the solos explore different aspects of what it is to be a Latina, from being a legal alien, “psychopomps” (pompous people), a grandmother turning 100 and some other improvisational surprises. Though last year’s show didn’t break any new ground theatrically, the opportunity to hear what these women have to say is one not to be missed!

This year, the company is sharing the weekend with Flamenco dancer Briseyda Zarate and her CompaÑia Alma y Corazon Flamenco. The eight dancers and musicians will present what is described as Zarate’s autobiographical testimony to her life’s passion, vulnerability, strength and beauty. Flamenca will be performed on Sunday at 7 pm.

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WHAT: Festival de Latinas Bailando/Festival of Latinas Dancing: Embodying Borders and Flamenca

WHEN: Embodying Borders Saturday, February 7, 2009 @ 8 pm
Flamenca Sunday, February 8, 2009 @ 7 pm

WHERE: Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd. LA, CA 90057

TICKETS: Tickets $25 available online at mainstage

INFO: 213 389-3856

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Latina Dance Project

Briseyda Zarate