Afro ConTempo Dance Theater (ACDT) presents Alma en Boca, The Afro-Peruvian Story, an elaborated tale of re-invention, social structure and cultural expression that voices itself through the rhythms of the Cajon, live singers and a cast of 20 energetic performers. The performance will take place on October 1, 2011 at The Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139); showtimes are at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Over the decades the African culture in Peru went through a series of critical phases, ranging from the establishment of traditions to ending in near extinction. Today Afro-Peruvian dance is the pride of Peruvian folklore. The historic journey to establish this title is a journey that is still very unclear and mysterious to the Peruvian society.
Alma en Boca moves its way through Afro-Peruvian history, interpreting the birth and transformation of the traditional culture through the already existing Afro-Peruvian folklore and combining it with a new, organic form of Contemporary Dance. This show will not only be the first to demonstrate Peruâ€™s fascinating history, but also the first to express it using this new fusion-style of dance.
Keeping its traditional touch, the showâ€™s creator and ACDTâ€™s founder and director, Marcela Diaz, finds a way to stay true to Peruvian folklore while allowing it to be edged and reformed into modern day dance.
â€œThis project has been in the works for only one year now. But has taken five long years to research,â€ says Marcela Diaz, Artistic Director and Choreographer of the show. She continues by saying, â€œI support the notion that a culture can be expressed through any well researched artistic approach, even if the culture heavily relies on tradition. What better way to share information about a culture than to bring alive its history?!â€
*SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY GRAMMY NOMINATED, PERUVIAN SINGER, EVA AYLLON*
A reception was held on Sept. 15 at Aromas Del Peru in Coral Gables as a kick off to this wonderful show. The dance theatre even performed a small piece in order for guests to have a small preview of what to expect.
Admission: $40 VIP (Section 1 ), $32 VIP ( Section 2), $26 general admission, $20 students w ID/ seniors + 62. Tickets are now on sale at the Colony Theatre box office and through Ticketmaster, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011