Delfos Danza Contemporanea | Dance Center of Columbia College | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: April 2-4 2009
Price: $24-$28
With four choreographers creating its five sections, the 75-minute Rincones de Luz ("Corners of Light") could have been a mess. But strong storytelling through vivid imagery and dramatic movement knits it together and makes the whole even more resonant than the parts. Based on the writings of the Nobel-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz, Rincones de Luz suggests passage, from discovery of the self through solipsism to connection with others, especially in strong contributions by this Mexican company's two artistic directors, Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz. Lavista's "Alone and My Soul" at first seems too obvious—a solo for a man in pajamas set amid clouds. But the dancer's rapidly shifting gestures quickly sketch a jumbled, mysterious story about escape, echoed in later sections. In Ruiz's "Between Dreams and Flowers," for instance, one man repeatedly encircles another, who wriggles free as if from a chrysalis. Omar Carrum's elegant "Nisi Dominus" suggests Narcissus, setting up the evening's concern with the self; Xitlali Piña's cartoonish "The Border of My Skin" illustrates hellish conflict; and the final piece—Lavista and Ruiz's "Bolero"—returns us to the exhausting, transcendent everyday world.
— Laura Molzahn



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