Apr 28, 2022
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May 5, 2022

Compañía Cuerpo de Indias: Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen)

Compañía Cuerpo de Indias

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Compañía Cuerpo de Indias's Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen) is a special benefit performance for Caring for Colombia.
Caring for Colombia builds bridges and mobilizes resources between U.S. donors and organizations to empower high-impact social projects in Colombia. We foster strong relationships with local leaders and institutions, including Compañía Cuerpo de Indias (the professional company of El Colegio del Cuerpo—The School of the Body) that inspire transformation in the most vulnerable communities.

Compañía Cuerpo de Indias will present the U.S. premiere of Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen), a contemporary dance piece created by Álvaro Restrepo, Marie-France Delieuvin, and Ricardo Bustamante, with music by Leonard Cohen, flowers, and a “six hands” homage for one of the creators of Butoh dance: Kazuo Ohno. Without using Butoh language, the piece is an offering made by its creators through their choreographic and poetic universe. A way of returning the flowers that Kazuo Ohno and his son Yoshito sent Compañía Cuerpo de Indias in Tokyo during a performance for some members of the Japanese imperial family and special guests at the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Japan.

Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5:

Excerpts of Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen)

+ 2 short pieces:

And Birds are Still (A. Restrepo)
Fuegos (MF Delieuvin)

Stage design, props, and wardrobe by El Colegio del Cuerpo (The School of the Body)
Lighting design by Alexander Gümbel.  

Directed by choreographers Álvaro Restrepo and Marie France Delieuvin, Compañía Cuerpo de Indias is the professional company of El Colegio del Cuerpo (The School of the Body). The company has been recognized as one of the emblematic proposals of Latin American contemporary dance in the world, having performed in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. A new identity of dance has emerged from the artistic vision of its directors and the diverse mixture of ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and artistic origins of the dancers. Some of them have been trained at El Colegio del Cuerpo since childhood; and some come from traditional folk dance, others from classical ballet, hip-hop and/or contemporary techniques.

Photo courtesy of Compañía Cuerpo de Indias

The show is produced under the following program(s):

La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival

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La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists’ engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.

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