Committed to showcasing diverse artistic expression, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) presents CABULA6, an internationally acclaimed performance and film company known for itsunique hybrid approach to choreography. CABULA6 will present the US premiere of The Angola Project, a three-part series that includes the world premiere of the trilogy's final chapter, XIN– Heart of the Matter. The Angola Project masterfully combines the worlds of performance and filmmaking by taking audience members on a very personal journey of theco-artistic directors' real-life attempts to finance a film and confront the fear of mortality. Performances are tonight, November 7-10 (Parts 1 and 2) and 14-17 (Part 3). All shows are at 7:30 p.m., with one additional performance of Part 3 on November 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Created by Jeremy Xido, Claudia Heu, and Igor Dobricic, the trilogy begins with Xido's captivation of Lisbon's sunset-timed gas lamps and growing idea for a film (Part 1: Lisbon); he finds himself collecting historical tidbits, experiencing random encounters and conducting a slew of interviews with the people he meets there. Part 2: Angola, delves deeper into Xido's quest to construct a film script as he travels to Angola along the Benguela Railway.Xido-the sole onstage performer in this entire series-must carefully navigate the minefield of international film financing, constantly reconfiguring hisscript and feature film pitch accordingly.
Parts 1 and 2 premiered at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna in 2010, earning acclaim for the creators' ability to seamlessly blend verbal narration, image and video to create thrilling and novel choreography. The world premiere of Part 3: XIN – Heart of the Matter, is a work-in-progress of the creators' experiment to produce a disastrous failure, with the hope of discovering something true and valuable among the ruins. Part 3 further investigates the convoluted nature of storytelling, global travel, colonial history and shifting notions of home in today's age of poly-cultural, mash-up identities. Film footage, spoken lecture, spatial manipulation and use of elements will continue CABULA6's truly innovative and hybrid approach to choreography.
"DNA encourages our performing artists to delve deeply into different creative mediums to convey their work most effectively," says Artistic and Executive Director Catherine Peila. "DNA's artistic vision not only supports that ideology but also makes it a reality for the artists we present, commission and train. Dance represents our visceral need to engage. Today we find more dance artists looking to create even greater connections through hybrid forms. CABULA6's The Angola Project represents conceptual and performative innovations of the movement artist's exploration and their on-going attempt to fully engage us in their process."
CABULA6 has produced and presented stage and film works all over the world, including Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia and South America. Led by co-artistic directors Jeremy Xido and Claudia Heu, CABULA6 was voted Company of the Year 2009 by Ballettanz Magazine and awarded Outstanding Artist of 2010 by the Austrian Ministry of the Arts. Xido can command an audience as a dancer, filmmaker, actor and writer-sometimes all at once. The company's work ranges from stage pieces to site-specific works, films to projects of social intervention. The company puts emphasis on playfully straddling the border between reality and fiction. The feature documentary detailed in The Angola Project Trilogy is still in the process of being made.
Wednesday, November 7 – Saturday, November 10 and Wednesday, November 14 – Saturday, November 17
Part 1: November 7 and 9
Part 2: November 8 and 10
Part 3: November 14 – 17
All performances 7:30 p.m.; additional showing of Part 3 on November 17, 3:00 p.m.
An opening night reception will be open and free to the public one hour before curtain tonight, November 7 and 14. Audience members are invited to stay for a post-show discussion immediately following the performance on November 15.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.dnadance.org, by calling 212.227.9856, or on site two hours before curtain. Cost is $17 for general audiences, $14 for students and seniors, $12 for DNA members and advanced sales. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of six or more. All sales are final.
DNA is located at 280 Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers Street), New York, NY 10007, near the R to City Hall, 4/5/6 at Brooklyn Bridge, J/M/Z, A/C/E, or 1/2/3 at Chambers Street, and 2/3 at Park Place.