La MaMa E.T.C. opens its 2005-2006 season at
the Annex to the pulsating beat of the internationally acclaimed Maria Elena
Anaya dance company direct from their triumphant tour of Mexico City and
the Yucatan peninsula.
From the languid rhythms of Yo Yo Ma to the classical Spanish harmonies
of Joaquin Rodriguez to the fervent exuberance of live flamenco, Caracolas
de un Mar de Fuego is a dance extravaganza highlighting the indomitable
talents of maestra Maria Elena Anaya accompanied by her brilliant troupe
of dancers, singers and musicians.
"Entre Reinas y Corales," opens the evening followed by a dance
inspired by "Oyeme con los Ojos," a poem by Sor Juana Ines de
la Cruz, the great 17th Century Mexican poet. The remainder of the program
consists of traditional flamenco accompanied by live music and song, concluding
with a "buleria," the company finale, a grand fiesta punctuated
with animated music and percussion instruments.
Even as the Queen Conch was used in ancient days to signal momentous events,
Caracoles de un Mar de Fuego celebrates passion and enchantment.
Choreographer: Maria Elena Anaya. Dancers: Maria Elena Anaya, Karina Ruvalcaba,
Sandra Sanchez. Guitarists: Ricardo Joya, Marco Nunez. Cantor: Alfonso Cid.
Production manager: Nora Jacobs.
From Press Clippings... "(The) finale left the audience clamoring for
more...When the curtains closed, the crowd could be nothing more than "Otra!
Otra! Otra!" - Katania Castaneda, The Mexico City Times
"Anaya's skills are dazzling..." -
Josie Neal, San Antonio Light
"Perhaps the most amazing, sensual moment comes
when Di Palma Dances with Maria Elena Anaya, a visiting master dancer from
Mexico City...This is no small force flowing off the stage...This is the
rising, whirling presence of the divine feminine flooding over the audience."
- Jaime Meyer, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Maria Elena Anaya began her dance studies at
age three and has studied in Spain with prominent figures such as Carmen
Mora, La Tati, Mario Maya, Manolete, Christobal Reyes, Ciro and Yolanda
Heredia. Her lifetime mentor was the legendary Manolo Vargas. In 1990 she
was awarded "The Silver Castanet" from La Casa de Andalucia de
Mexico, which is the greatest prize conferred by the institution. She has
performed in principal theaters throughout Mexico, including Palacio de
Bellas Artes and Teatro de la Danza, and also participated in several television
shows and videos sucha s the series "Los que Hacen el ARte (Those Who
Make Art)," produced by the National University of Mexico as a tribute
to Manolo Vargas. She has danced with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre (with
dancer/choreographer Susan Di Palma) in Minneapolis, and at The Joyce Theatre
in New York in 1993. Her La MaMa appearance include, among others "Imagenes
(1999)," and "De Passion Sin Retrorno (2003)."