AcuÃ±a Danza Teatro presents "SAME AMOR"
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An evening of traditional Flamenco dance and live music with solos by Carolina Lugo and Carole Acuna. A choreographer in her own right, Carole will present six new pieces side by side; some in a modern Flamenco and some in a contemporary dance style; some with a comedic flair; all with emotion and a forward attitude.
Acuna Danza Teatro members share their stories about being part of the LGBT community. Performers: , Zanonda Keys, Leah Curran, Emma Manion, , Carole Acuna. Special guest Flamenco dancer Carolina Lugo plus Dan Fries, Flamenco guitarist with Kati Mejia, Flamenco singer.
“Flamenco dancing is closely related to the Spanish culture and for a dancer to understand the dance, you have to understand the culture, it is clear that you understand both, you are a powerful performer, you have control of the dance yet you allow the dance to have some give at the right moments. Along with a select few, you are definitely the top Flamenco dancer in America.” -Nigel Lythgoe, judge, So You Think You Can Dance
“Ms. Acuï¿½a is a star in her own right” -Ann Murphy, Dance Critic, Oakland Tribune
‘Your entire dance and every move that you made was emotionally moving to me.” -Jason Gilkinson, judge, So You Think You Can Dance
“You have such a strong presence, your back and hands are gorgeous..you are a strong dancer. The way that you use your shall is like dancing with a partner, you have complete control and yet you let it flow freely.” -Mary Murphy, judge, So You Think You Can Dance
“The accomplishments of Carolï¿½ cannot go unnoticed.” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine
“The best solo of the night was Coraje/Courage” Carolï¿½’s Martinete palo dance, accompanied by the two guitarists hitting canes on the floor while she elegantly wrestled with a staff. Wearing an all white pant suit with black trim, Carolï¿½ placed this staff in every direction ranging from baton to crucifix. At one point she sat on the floor facing away from the audience and pushed it around her back to reveal her pant straps. Her yogic flexibility and discipline came through in this solo.” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine
“Carolï¿½’s solo of incredible classical Flamenco technique and presence in Caï¿½a where she wore a formal red/black polka-dot bata de cola costume. Her exquisite carriage and Sevilla skirt/train work were admirable.” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine
“The first half concluded with Carolï¿½ dancing jota. In this particular northern Spain (Basque) originated folk dance form, she excelled with castanets, displaying elevation, manual dexterity and charm in her balletic interpretation of a classical form. I enjoyed Carolï¿½ in this jota. She stretched it out in the middle and made it her own. It felt like she was actually free to fly” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine
“Acuï¿½a reveals not just the polish of experience, but also the joy of dancing.” -Mary Ellen Hunt, San Francisco Chronicle
“You (Carolï¿½) are a mature dancer, you have a presence beyond your years.” -Nigel Lythgoe, So You Think You Can Dance judge
“Acï¿½ï¿½a is a mesmerizing woman and a sensuous, generous
dancer, as gifted in classical Spanish dance as in gypsy Flamenco” -Ann Murphy, Dance Critic, Oakland Tribune
“Acuï¿½a has not only inherited her mother’s striking appearance but also her innate talent for Flamenco dancing.” -Amy Chen, Contra Costa Times
” Carolï¿½ is an accomplished flamenco dancer, with a list of comedienne, and more talents diversifying her” -Dale Louise Evje, writer for San Francisco Magazine
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