August 2007

Roots of Bahia
presented by The Dance Migration
August 17, 2007Lula LoungeToronto
Always leave them wanting more
by Joyce Corbett with photos by Roger Humbert
Adrianna Yanuziello is a young dancer and choreographer enamoured with the dance and culture of Brazil. The show that she presented at Lula Lounge on this Friday night with her company Dance Migration and a full complement of live musicians was a success on all counts. The choreography, costumes and music were varied and interesting, the pacing and overall form of the show was excellent and so was the skill of the participating dancers and musicians. Adrianna Yanuziello may be young but she has proved herself capable of producing a complex and professional dance performance.
The opening Dance of Iemanja was a solo danced by Yanuziello herself representing the Orixa Iemanja, the goddess of the sea in the Afro-Brazilian religion Macumba. This flowed into Na Beira Do Mar (The Edge of the Sea), choreographed to some exciting Afro-Brazilian Samba-Reggae. Both We are the Blues, danced to poetry from Eisha Karol read by the MC Dionne Samuels, and Desafio, with music by Steve Coleman, employed the expressive force of the contemporary dance language created by Rosangela Silvestre. The Silvestre technique incorporates the four natural elements, the Chakras, and the symbols of the Orixas. The movement was elegant and sometimes balletic, angular and original. There was even a Busby Berkeley moment of geometric pattern from my vantage point on the raised side of the room.

The inclusion of Capoeira Roda rounded out the variety of movement with a skilful display of the elegant martial art-dance fusion that is capoeira. The Capoeira Camara group sparked spontaneous oohs and aahs from the audience as a cart wheeling fighter’s feet passed inches in front of an opponent’s face or an airborne somersaulter threatened to scrape the ceiling. Dance Migration took back the floor for the concluding dance, Canto Ao Pescador (Song for the Fisherman) and invited the audience to join in the fun. In the end, The Dance Migration left the audience wanting to experience more and glad they came out to see this as yet little-known dance company.

Elated by the success of her show, Adrianna spoke to the audience of how profoundly she has been affected by her research and visits to Brazil and the inspiration she has drawn from Brazilian culture. She thanked them for coming out and supporting the arts, exalted the wonderful talent of the many artists and musicians in Toronto and encouraged people to continue to come out and support them – otherwise, they will move away.

Something to think about...

Adrianna Yanuziello

Capoeira Camara Dancer

Miranda Liverpool & Samantha Mount
Adrianna Yanuziello
Inspiration from Rosangela Silvestre and the Silvestre Link

Eisha Karol, Adrianna Yanuziello

Juan Carlos Gaona

Adrianna Yanuziello, Alayna Molotko, Ana Avila, Ellana Popova
Miranda Liverpool, Natasha Phanor, Roshanak Jaberi, Samantha Mount, Sharon Fehrmann

Contra Mestre Bola, Davide Virelles, Dengue, Luis Deniz
Maninho Costa, Mark Pizer, Staci Armstrong

Dionne Samuels

Capoeira Camara

We welcome your comments and feedback
Joyce Corbett
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Roger Humbert
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