CRÉSSIDA CONTEMPORARY DANCE

For over a decade, the work of Mexican collective Créssida Contemporary Dance has explored countless aspects of the human condition through rigorous dance technique, poetic force and provocative gestures tinted by a theatrical gaze. The company makes their New York debut with the world premiere of Naj (House), created by the troupe’s Artistic Director Lourdes Luna in close collaboration with Mexican-American composer Carlo Nicolau.

The piece is inspired by Mayan poet Briseida Cuevas Cob’s “A yáax tuupl” (The First Earring) and offers a contemporary focus of Mayan worldview. Luna establishes a dialogue with Cuevas Cob’s poem as a starting point for a multidisciplinary interpretation with original music and movement. This binational project echoes the United Nations’ declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages to celebrate their contribution to diversity around the world.

Créssida will also perform La primera piedra (The Foundation Stone), created by Roberto Olivan and directed by Lourdes Luna. The work presents an atypical format, a web of stories—realities experienced by the performers while searching to create empathy with their audience. La primera piedra approaches the current Mexican character and personal themes that pierce trough borders.

This performance is part of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s 2019-2020 Season.
Music and choreography for‘Naj (House) are co-commissioned, co-produced and co-presented by Celebrate Mexico Now Festival and LaGuardia Community College with additional support from CUNY Mexican Studies Institute

Event information

Date: Friday, October 11th, 2019.
Time: 7:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2019.
Time: 3:00 pm

Venue: Little Theatre at LaGuardia Performing Arts Centre
Address: 31-10 Thomson Avenue M Building, Long Island City, NY.
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Phone: (718) 482-5151

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DANCE WORKSHOP: Corporal Creation Tools for Contemporary Expression

Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Time: 5pm  Duration: 1:45hrs
Venue: Rioult Dance Studios
Address: 34-01 Steinway Street 2nd Floor, Entrance on 34th Avenue Astoria, New York 11101.

This workshop will provide you with the following tools to develop the voice of
your own body.
· Intense spatial awareness work
· Creation of body volume
· Improvisation exercises to develop a choreographic language

· Sensitive development of group work
· Development of exercises focused on the displacement and awareness of the
use of the body on the floor
Lourdes Luna, teacher, choreographer and director of Cressida Danza
Contemporanea. Merida, Yucatán
This class is open to actors, dancers, performers, teachers and choreographers.
All levels are welcome!

For over a decade, the work of Mexican collective Créssida Contemporary Dance has
explored countless aspects of the human condition through rigorous dance technique, poetic force and provocative gestures tinted by a theatrical.

All levels are welcome! If you don’t dance but want to have fun, COME!