Saturday July 30, 2011 - Nicole Corea (above), one of the dancers involved in the 2011 Latin Choreographers Festival which opens on Thursday August 4th at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Today Kokyat and I went to Dance New Amsterdam where two of the participating choreographers - Ursula Verduzco (the festival's founder and director) and Benjamin Briones - were rehearsing their works.
Ursula (above) has created a solo for Nicole Corea, a dancer with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. We spent our first hour today watching Ursula and Nicole putting the finishing touches on the solo.
It was exciting to watch Nicole moving with supple and expressive grace, concentrating on the nuances of the solo. I'm really looking forward to seeing her perform it onstage.
Ursula then switched from chorographic to dancer mode as she went into another studio to work on the duet that Benjamin Briones has created for the Festival.
Ursula is dancing with Frederick Davis of Dance Theater of Harlem.
Benjamin's duet is a love-hate affair where the couple cannot cannot be apart nor can they stay together.
Moments of finding common ground...
...dissolve quickly into another round of combat.
Frederick Davis, Ursula Verduzco
Frederick and Ursula.
Images by Kokyat.