West Coast Premiere
Fri & Sat, April 27 & 28, 2012 • 8 pm • YBCA Forum
$20 Regular/ $15 YBCA members, students, seniors, teachers
"These performers dig deep and move with uninhibited gusto, and the results are idiosyncratic and unexpected.” —New York Press
YBCA welcomes internationally renowned choreographer David Zambrano, a monumental figure in the international dance community for more than a quarter century, with his newest work, Soul Project, a series of virtuosic solos set to classic soul tunes. Conceived and directed by Zambrano in collaboration with a cast of seven remarkable performers from Mozambique, Slovenia, Greece and Slovakia, Soul Project is performed in an open space, with little or no seating. It begins spontaneously, as the music starts, the dancers emerge from the audience, moving to a sublime live recording of "vintage" soul music - Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Bettye Lavette, Gladys Knight & The Pips. Immersed in their own quest to embody the dance as deeply and as powerfully as the singer, the dancers mingle with the audience and create a sense of heightened perception and grounded physicality. The experience is both intimately personal—the audiences feels every tremble and sigh of the performers' bodies—and communal—as they anticipate the next dancer, the next song, and share in the discovery once it begins again. The order of the solos and their location in the space is a function of chance, making each night's performance unique. Soul Project has been performed extensively throughout Europe and had its U.S. premiere at The Danspace Project in New York in January 2010 as part of the "i get lost" platform curated by Ralph Lemon. This performance is part of a debut U.S. tour of Soul Project produced by MAPP International Productions.
David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community for a quarter century, and his passion for cultural exchange continues to influence his work. Living and making work in Amsterdam and teaching/performing internationally, Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. He has visited 40 countries, worked with more than 25,000 students, and has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. His pieces range from set choreography, structured improvisation, and pure improvisation. Born in Venezuela, Zambrano spent 15 years in New York, and now lives in Amsterdam.
Notable examples of his original projects of both solo and group work include: Twelve Flies Went Out at Noon (2005), Barcelona in 48 Hours (2004), The Rabbit Project/Proyecto Conejo (2003), Mandraking (2002), David Zambrano Invites... (2000), Acme (1999), Ballroom (1996), Proyecto: Z (1994), Red Blink (1994), Agua Fuerte (1993), Cancion de Diente (1993), Sabana (1990), Fetiche (1987), and Para Carmen (1984). He also founded the Festival de Danza Postmoderna in Venezuela in 1989 and was its director until 1993.
His performance work has been presented internationally by: Festival Aix-en-Provence (France), Tanzwerkstatt Berlin (Germany), Tamperen International Theater Festival (Finland), Primer Taller Internacional de Danza (Cuba), Periferics (Spain), CODA (Norway), Impulstanz Festival (Austria), Konfrontance (Czech Republic), Theater Frascati (Netherlands), and many others. In the U.S. his work has been seen at: Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Improvisation Festival/New York, P.S. 122, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, and the Whitney Museum.
David Zambrano is the recipient of a 2010 Latin America and Caribbean John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He has also received grants, awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Suitcase Fund administered by Dance Theater Workshop, the New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, and the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Zambrano has been a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Certamen Coreografico de Madrid, and the PARTS School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels. As a recognized artist of merit, he was granted special residency status by the Dutch government. www.davidzambrano.org
Edivaldo Ernesto (Dancer) was born in Mozambique and began dancing with the Tsemba group in 1988, where he learned traditional Mozambican dance. In 2001 he was invited to be a member of the Ussoforal-Western Africa traditional dance group, and in 2003, he started to work with Esculturas Humanas. In that same year, he participated in the 1st Choreographic Development Stage, a six month choreographic training program organized by CulturArte (Maputo, Mozambique) and Dancas na Cidade (Lisbon, Portugal), with workshops with Boyzie Cekwana/Desire Davids (South Africa), David Zambrano/Mat Voorter (Venezuela/Netherlands) and Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo). In 2004 he worked with Gilles Jobim (Switzerland) and Robert Hilton (England) among others. He was also part of the piece habitue-se a escolher, a final student work directed by Faustin Linyekula. In 2004, he started to dance with Zambrano in Twelve Flies Went Out At Noon, followed by Soul Project and SHOCK. Recently Edivaldo was invited by Sasha Waltz to perform in Travelogue I-Twenty to eight, Jagden and Formen.
Milan Herich (Dancer) started his dance training with the traditional children's dance company Dumber in Slovakia. He studied dance at the Conservatory J.L. Bella in Banska Bystrica in Slovakia, the University of the Arts in Bratislava and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. He has danced professionally or collaborated with Zuzana Hajkova, Dance Studio Company, M. Kozanek, Z. Bacova, M. Polakova and T. Mantel. He danced in Puur by Wim Vandekeybus and in the creation Myth by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2007, he co-founded his own company Les Slovaks Dance Collective and created Opening Night. Milan has studied intensively with Zambrano and was one of the invited participants for Zambrano's summer intensive Proyecto Conejo/The Rabbit Project. He has performed in Zambrano's Twelve Flies Went Out At Noon and Soul Project, and Zambrano will create a duet with him for HOLES (2010).
Peter Jasko (Dancer) graduated in 2001 from the Conservatory J.L. Bella in Banska Bystrica in Slovakia and continued his higher education at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava before entering the international school of dance P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels in 2002. His professional experience ranges from dancing with different international artists and companies in Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands. For the last nine years, Peter has collaborated with David Zambrano as a performer (Proyecto Conejo/The Rabbit Project, Twelve Flies Went Out At Noon, Soul Project, MA-ZA-DA-MA) and also as an assistant for classes, workshops and choreographies. Jasko is one of the members and creators of the new contemporary dance group, Les Slovaks Dance Collective, based in Brussels. He also teaches at dance studios, circus schools and companies in Belgium, Slovakia, Holland, Norway, Spain and Slovenia.
Horacio Macuacua (Dancer) was born in Mozambique and started his training in the traditional dance of Mozambique in 1996. He later trained in contemporary dance in Maputo with Frans Poelstra, Paulo Henrique, Marcelo Evelin, Sello Pesa, George Khumalo and David Zambrano, among others. Since 1999, he has been a member of CulturArte Dance Company, one of the first contemporary dance companies in Mozambique, under the direction of Panaibra Gabriel. His works with CulturArte Opera include Tambor, Mafalala, Will cheer, Sete and Uma Ilha Dentro De Mim. In 2002 he participated in Ha Mais, a dance piece directed by Thomas Hauert, which was created in Mozambique and toured throughout Europe. He also took part in an exchange project Three Continent (2003) in Rio de Janiero, and in Homens (2005). In 2004 he participated in the DanceWEB ImpulsTanz in Vienna and worked with Mark Tompkins, Louise Lecavalier, Boris Charmatz, Ted Stoffer, Germaine LeBlanc and David Zambrano. There he met Pablo Colberte, with whom he created OCA the following year. He has been working with David Zambrano since 2004 in Twelve Flies Went Out At Noon, Soul Project and SHOCK. He has directed his own work including Comum and Canais and has taught in Maputo, Brazil and Europe.
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