Silvita Diaz Brown of Sildance/Acrodanza is collaborating with
the National Museum of Mexican Art to present “Weaving Paths
(Tejiendo Caminos)” as part of the Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz
Festival that honors female activists in the arts. Sor Juana Ines de
La Cruz was a poet and activist born in Mexico in the 1600s and is
consider the first feminist of the Americas.
Weaving Paths is a dance-theater program that blends Silvita’s Mexican
roots with her acquired American culture. The program will feature
two dance works: “La Llorona” and “Del Otro Lado.” These two
works of artistic collaboration blend dance, partner acrobatics,
video projection, live music and poetry to tell these stories with a
touch of mysticism (La Llorona) and magic realism (Del Otro Lado).
“La Llorona” is a dance performance inspired by the Mexican legend of a
woman who is driven to madness in a loveless marriage that caused her
to lose her mind and leave her children to drown in the river. The
dance is based on the disquieted spirit of “La Llorona” which
relates to many women that live tormented lives in abusive
relationships. Through this dance they find redemption.
“Del Otro Lado:” a dance duet that touches the themes of the encounter
between Mexican and American cultures, love, courage and adoption of
a new place as home. These encounters create transformation and
growth; opening a wider world of possibilities for both sides.
Choreographer: Silvita Diaz Brown
Dancers: Christopher Knowlton, Ingrid Larson and Silvita Diaz Brown
Music: composition and performance: Wiebe Dirk Ophorst
Video proyection: Alex Yasinovsky
Poetry: Lani Montreal