Friday Film Break: Unspoken

This short film, by director William Armstrong, captures Paul Lightfoot's creation of a piece about losing his father to COVID-19. Unable to visit the hospital to say goodbye, Lightfoot choreographed the work to process his grief and reflect on the loss. Nederlands Dans Theater dancer Sebastian Kirstensen Haynes performs it to original music by Alexander McKenzie.

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Cristina Aguilera in her De Agua, Plata y Tierra. Javier Fergo, Courtesy Jerez Festival

Meet Cristina Aguilera, Spain's Rising Flamenco Star

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.

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