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Tania Perez Salas Compania de Danza, 10/28

October 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES MEXICO’S MOST CELEBRATED CHOREOGRAPHER:
TANIA PÉREZ SALAS and her COMPAÑIA DE DANZA
Saturday, October 28, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Program includes Anabiosis and Waters of Forgetfulness


Fairfax, Virginia, September 21, 2006—The unifying theme of Tania Pérez-Salas’s choreography is the attempt, through powerful and compeling imagery, to create empathy between the performers and the audience. With her work, The Waters of Forgetfulness, the stage is transformed into a shallow pool—a mirror for the dancers’ languid and sensual movement. In Anabiosis, Pérez-Salas takes the visionary and evocative writings of Octavio Paz and an eclectic score, and presents the audience with an intimate look at life’s most powerful emotion: love. The performance is at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 28, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Pérez-Salas’s choreography, while owing to the influence of classical ballet, is possessed of an “intense theatricality,” according to The New York Times. It is these theatrical elements that conjure an image of a film unspooling as the athletic troupe practices their highly technical and uninhibited movement language. The Boston Globe called The Waters of Forgetfulness “visually arresting…subliminally erotic and achingly human.” The work made its premiere at this past summer’s Jacob’s Pillow dance festival (only the second U.S. appearance for Pérez-Salas’s Mexico City-based company). Anabiosis is represented by what the Globe called “flamboyant partnering” and images which remain long after the dance is finished.

Pérez-Salas founded the company in 1994. They perform a full season at home in Mexico, and tour extensively to major festivals worldwide including Festival Oriente Occidente in Italy, City Center Fall Dance Festival in New York, the Lyon Biennale de la Danse, among others. Tania Pérez-Salas’s choreography is performed both by her own company and by the National Dance Company of Mexico.

Please note: Includes scenes containing brief nudity.

Tickets for TANIA PÉREZ SALAS COMPAÑIA DE DANZA are
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