Dance: Awilda Sterling Duprey’s “Lacks Criticality”


Puerto Rican choreographer/dancer Awilda Sterling Duprey will present her “Lacks Criticality” at Temple University’s 2018 Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission on September 21 and 22 at 7:30pm. The performances will be at the University’s Conwell Dance Theater. She will also will conduct a workshop on Orisha abstractions in popular dance on August 15, from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Taller Puertorriqueño (2600 North 5th Street, Philadelphia). See more information below in excerpts from The Dance Journal.

The Temple University Department of Dance, Institute for Dance Scholarship, is delighted to present the seventh Reflection: Response Choreographic Commission, Lacks Criticality, by award-winning choreographer and Master Artist, Awilda Sterling Duprey.  Performances will take place in Temple University’s Conwell Dance Theater, on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, at 7:30 PM.

In addition, Sterling Duprey will conduct a public workshop on Orisha abstractions in popular dance, presented in collaboration with The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance project. The workshop is designed for persons 16 and older, on Wednesday, Aug 15, from 6-8:30 at Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 North 5th St, Philadelphia, 19133. All levels of experience welcome.

A 2010 USA Artists Fellow, and a central figure in Puerto Rico’s vibrant arts scene, Awilda Sterling Duprey will draw from an investigation on the phenomenal destructive forces of Hurricane Maria on citizens’ bodies/minds/emotional and the physical environment.  Lacks Criticality will integrate abstractions of Yoruba dance traditions, and how these remit to the forces of nature. A particular focus will be the dances of Oyá, goddess of the wind, storms, and lightning, whose choreographies move from slowness to violence, like the natural force of the hurricane— the meteorological phenomenon that develops around a center, altering the wind, water, and destroying everything in its path.

The title of the piece references myriad convoluted responses by observers to unknown cultural contexts, and the raw qualities intrinsic to the work. Lacks Criticality continues Sterling Duprey’s investigation into Henri Lefebvre’s observations of moving bodies in different contexts, unleveled situations, and architectural spaces, and Rhythmanalysis, a theory aiming to conclude that rhythm is that around which the universe revolves. The piece will be an exploration of what is ultimate, that around which we, as people revolve. “My purpose is to make the audience active participants, not just passive observers. Therefore, the project aims to speak my history through body co-incidences with audience members,” writes Sterling Duprey who aims to include the audience as performers in the work. [. . .]

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