With a title like Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso, it's no surprise that Cynthia Oliver's new piece is complex. After the world premiere at Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center the second weekend of October, the international cast travels to NYC for a week at Danspace. They will also tour the West Coast and Washington, DC, in the spring. Oliver's evening-length work layers myth, history, and spoken word to explore the nature of calypso dancing as an agent of Afro-Anglo Caribbean identity. "Calypso is hip-initiated," Oliver explains. "It can range from a vigorous, highly athletic, and sexualized articulation of the hips to a subtle 'hip swirl' where the feet shuffle and the hips whirl in a languid figure eight." See www.paintedbride.org.
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|Date:||Oct 1, 2009|
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