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by Argentine Choreographer Diana Szeinblum

Florida Premiere

Obsessive, athletic, raw, sexy, mysterious dance theater, brimming with dark humor, the latest work from award-winning Pina Bausch-trained Argentine choreographer Diana Szeinblum combines a custom-tailored language of expressive movement with a pulsing live score and stark theatrical staging. ALASKA speaks of "that place that we all know, but where no one has ever been" – an Alaska of the mind.

Buenos Aires-based Szeinblum works with a hand-picked cast of dancers and musicians for every new work, building powerful, physically charged dances. In ALASKA, two women and two men come together and fall apart in angular pairings and ménages simultaneously pan-erotic, veering towards violent and coolly held-back. Clothes are pulled off and put back on again (the evening contains brief nudity) as bodies rebel against the ordinariness and underlying loneliness of everyday life.

Szeinblum began her career with the prestigious contemporary San Martin Ballet Company under the direction of Oscar Araiz. On a Goethe Institute scholarship, she studied with Pina Bausch at the Folkwang Tanz Schule (FTS) and danced with the company. In Germany Diana also worked with Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrick, among others. In 2003 her prior work Secreto y Malibú toured Europe, Asia and the U.S, including performances at The Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop and PICA in Portland, OR.

Diana Szeinblum Dance Company performances are part of a weeklong Tigertail residency in Miami as part of a National Performance Network (NPN) Performing Americas four-city tour to PICA in Portland, Oregon, Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, Tigertail and REDCAT in Los Angeles, California.

"... impressive craft and imagination." The New York Times

ALASKA is funded, in part, by the National Performance Network (NPN), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program.

Friday & Saturday
February 15 & 16 2008

8:30 pm

Post-concert discussion both nights

$50 VIP (priority entrance and seating)
$25 General Admission
$20 Student / Senior

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Byron Carlyle Theater
500 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL


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