In partnership with the New York City Metro branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and producer HunterPark, dance filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz created "Inside & Outwards" to bring awareness to the mental health challenges of isolation caused by the pandemic. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, with original music by Sufjan Stevens and choreography by Justin Peck, the cast features a range of artists, including dancers Sara Mearns, Robert Fairchild, Emma Portner, Dharon E. Jones and Carlos Gonzalez. You can also watch this look behind the scenes of the shoot.
In just two years, dancer and choreographer Cristina Aguilera has performed her solo works at the two most important flamenco festivals in the world: the Seville Flamenco Biennial and the Jerez Festival. In De Agua, Plata y Tierra in Jerez, Aguilera brought drama and lyricism, but also the raw energy and precision that preserve traditional flamenco within a contemporary context. Unlike many of her colleagues who are taking an avant-garde approach, Aguilera maintains the classical line that comes from conservatory training, often trading fury and lightning speed for elegance and moments of thoughtful calm.
Cristina Aguilera in her De Agua, Plata y Tierra
Javier Fergo, Courtesy Jerez Festival<p><strong></strong><strong>Cracking the code: </strong>Aguilera's first professional gig was at age 8, dancing at a <em>tablao</em>, a venue where flamenco is performed predominantly for tourists. When she returned to dancing professionally at about 17, she already understood how to perform with a rotating cast of musicians and dancers. Aguilera says, "It didn't make me nervous like other dancers who are not yet familiar with the codes of the <em>tablao</em>."</p><p><strong>Naming her latest show: </strong>While she was developing <em>De Agua, Plata y Tierra</em>, an audience member at a <em>tablao</em> told Aguilera in a Facebook message that her dancing had inspired him to write a poem. "The final line said that I was a dancer 'of water, silver and earth,' " she says, and the phrase became the name of her new show. "The choreographies work with and against the textures and properties of these elements."</p>
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