World Dance Fusion’s annual production: The Jewish Nutcracker.
Smooth Groove (2000)
Choreographed to the song “Makeda” by Les Nubians, this piece exudes R&B vibes, while incorporating dance forms such as jazz, modern, flamenco, kathak, Haitian, and samba. Five dancers take the stage to perform in the suave style of the piece, the company’s oldest, celebrating women’s bodies in all their forms.
Too Late for Hip-Hop (2002)
Hip-hop, bharatanatyam, and capoeira integrate in this work which features breakdance-inspired moves, detailed hand gestures, and lots of freestyle. Just as the piece is heavy and grounded, it is light and bouncy, following the highs and lows of the music by Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek.
Solea for 3 (2004)
Its title borrowing from the flamenco musical style Soleá, this piece features three soloists dancing Odissi, ballet, and flamenco. Each dancer presents a solo that embodies her respective dance form and expresses a disenchantment with love.
Quien Engaña no Gana (2004)
“Quien Engaña no Gana”, or “he who deceives does not win”, is one of World Dance Fusion’s most intricate pieces. Choreographed to the hip-hop famenquio song of the same title by artist Ojos de Brujo, the dance utilizes aspects of flamenco, kathak, and Chinese, Cuban, Azerbaijani, Persian, and Afghani dances. Besides the detailed rhythms and group formations, the five female dancers perform elaborate hip, hand, head, and neck movements, all while creating an audible conversation on stage with confidence and pride.
Peacock Song (2013)
This piece features a duo, playing the role of two lovestruck peacocks, to the sounds of a live batteria. The dance styles include samba, house, and cumbia. First the male shows off his feathers, then the female returns the gesture, back and forth to create a fun, romantic dynamic.
The Mermaid Rebellion (2014)
Commissioned as a protest piece about dumping into ocean waters at Fukushima, “The Mermaid Rebellion” stars four mermaids who, complete with hand-sewn tails, embellish the landscape of the beach with supple arm gestures and movements evoking belly dance. At its premiere, the work included a “splash mob” on the beach, where the audience could watch and join in.
Laura Bernasconi, a ballet dancer with LINES and Acro yoga practitioner, will perform an Odissi solo with musical improvisation by Nick Rous on the saxophone. Odissi is a dance style originating from the eastern Indian state of Orissa.
Alo Alo Ordamisin (2014)
For this Turkish-Romani piece, the dancers will clap and sing the rhythm while they form fin de fiesta, a flamenco-inspired dance circle on the stage.