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October, 11-12, 2019

Créssida Contemporary Dance

Woman sitting outside a rural house surrounded by trees and people walking at her sides. Courtesy of Créssida Contemporary Dance

For over a decade, the work of Mexican collective Créssida Contemporary Dance has explored countless aspects of the human condition through rigorous dance technique, poetic force and provocative gestures tinted by a theatrical gaze.

The company makes their New York debut with the world premiere of Naj (House), created by the troupe’s Artistic Director Lourdes Luna in close collaboration with Mexican-American composer Carlo Nicolau. The piece is inspired by Mayan poet Briseida Cuevas Cob’s “A yáax tuupl” (The First Earring) and offers a contemporary focus of Mayan worldview. This binational project echoes the United Nations’ declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Créssida will also perform La primera piedra (The Foundation Stone), created by Roberto Olivan and directed by Lourdes Luna. The work presents an atypical format, a web of stories—realities experienced by the performers while searching to create empathy with their audience. La primera piedra approaches the current Mexican character and personal themes that pierce trough borders.

This performance is part of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center 2019-2020 Season. Co-commissioned, co-presented and co-produced by Celebrate Mexico Now Festival and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

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