Monday, October 17, 2005

De/Reconstructing Mata Hari [dance preview]

Got email just now from Nejla Yasemin Yatkin, noting her new solo multimedia thing upcoming at Dance Place, titled as above. I've been wanting to see Nejla's work for past couple years: since meeting her at the said venue. I was there for a dance-film event with my choreographer-friend Vladimir Angelov. Vladimir is Bulgarian. Nejla is a mix of Turkish and German. This genetic blend works well for her: her striking, unusual look makes one curious about what happens when she takes on the "large but intimate canvas" (so to say) of an evening-length solo dance/theatre performance. What does she think about, what express, how express it? If I manage to get to the show (early November), I'll let you know. The blurb notes:
The name Mata Hari evokes many images: exoticism, eroticism, dance, espionage, nudity, feminism, criminal proceedings; most of all, the name evokes confusion and uncertainty. Who was she? What was she? Experience Yatkin’s unique use of ancient myths, Eastern dance traditions, contemporary dance, cinema techniques, poetry, physical and psychological theories to unravel the mystery of Mata Hari in this world premiere performance . . .
This memorable empigram is attributed to Mata Hari:
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.


Blogger ~River~ said...

She's beautiful!

Hope you enjoy the performance.

Tue Oct 18, 05:56:00 AM PDT  

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