Midday Theater Hour
LSA! Midday Theater Hour, because sometimes you need more than food to feed you in the middle of the day.
Thesis Findings on Marimba/Currulao Music and Dance of Ecuador and Colombia
PERFORMANCE, THESIS PRESENTATION, AND DISCUSSION
by Giselle Mejia
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:45am
GISELLE MEJIA, dancer/choreographer returns to the Pangea World Theater to present her thesis entitled Moving Narratives of Marimba Music and Dance of the Pacific Coast. Soon to earn her Masters in Dance degree from the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Giselle will present dance, documentation, music and photos from her recent travel/study to her families birthplaces; Tumaco, Colombia and Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Her study is a quintessential investigation of a folk tradition of the African Diaspora, marimba, which has led to discovery of ties to a Cultures’ past, the routes of a people’s ethnicity, their status in political structures, the birth of new artistry, and the importance of withholding and preserving traditional social expressions.
This project is guided by the UWM Department of Dance Faculty in partial fulfillment of work towards an MFA in Performing Arts: Dance.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:45am
WHERE: Pangea World Theater Studio | 711 W. Lake St. #101, Minneapolis, MN 55408
TICKETS: Free | Donations Welcome
Sounds of India featuring Raja Academy
March 9, 2016
The ancient Indian raag (raga) system is a powerful technology for inner attainment. The word ‘raag’ means mood. Listening to the precisely controlled rhythms, melodies and tones of a raag, our consciousness learns their relation to our emotional and spiritual reality. We can then begin to express that reality and ultimately to change it simply by changing the music.
Come and experience music from the heart of Ancient India, sharing the traditional ragas and forgotten instruments.
“At the Center” choreographed by Giselle Mejia
"Changó y Oyá" danced by Yeniel Chini Perez y Giselle Mejia
December 17, 2016
Photography by Blake Nellis Photo
Featuring dancers Giselle Mejia, Dario Mejia, Blake Nellis, and Yeniel Chini Perez
“At the Center” is a spiritual autobiographical dance, balancing feminine and masculine energies, of which we are both. It is a journey of transformation that allows a woman to reunite human and divine elements in front of the naked eye through movement. Using improvisations and contact with other bodies, seen and unseen, the dance is an act of embracing the One contained within it, in the experience of being relational with Her, the Divine Dance.
“Oyá" is the powerful Yorùbá Orisha of the winds and tempests. Oyá is known as a fierce warrior and strong protectress of women, who call on Her to settle disputes in their favor.