World-renowned choreographer Luis Montero and Paula Frasz, associate professor at Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance, will bring audiences a fusion of Spanish and modern dance in the school’s upcoming mainstage production, “Mosaic of Spanish Dance.”
The SoTD fall dance performance runs from Thursday, Nov. 15, though Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre on the DeKalb campus.
“Mosaic of Spanish Dance” consists of three dances pieces, each with a unique and modern take on Spanish tradition.
The first piece, choreographed by Montero and Frasz, is “The House of Bernarda Alba.”
This dance, based on the play written by Frederico Garcia Lorca, portrays Bernarda, a newly widowed mother of five, dealing with scandal, jealousy and betrayal. In the Spanish tradition, she condemns her daughters to confinement for a mourning period of eight years. The dance explores the women’s emotions, including sexual frustrations, as they cope with prolonged solitude.
The second dance, choreographed by Frasz, is “Bailes Mal Criados” (Dances of Few Manners). A fiery ballroom-style dance that combines elements of the tango and waltz, the piece is being remounted from past performances by Frasz and her professional company.
The performance will conclude with Bolero, Montero’s modern Spanish ballet. Montero describes it as a fantasy in the form of a dance. The piece includes bull fighters, long batas and traditional Spanish shawls, all imagery that he said will keep audience members on the edge of their seats.
“Spanish dance is about being strong,” Montero said. This strength is represented in the flamenco-infused finale of “Mosaic of Spanish Dance.”
Bolero has been performed by professional dance companies in the United States and worldwide. The dancers at NIU learned and perfected this memorable finale after only three weeks of work with Montero.
“It’s unlike anything I have ever danced before,” said BFA in dance candidate Alanna Nielsen.
“Mosaic of Spanish Dance” will stage in the Stevens Building O’Connell Theatre on the NIU campus. Weeknight and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students.
Tickets for “Mosaic of Spanish Dance” are available online, by contacting the School of Theatre and Dance box office, open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at (815) 753-1600 or by email at [email protected].