Contributors: Courtney Escoyne, Wendy Perron
We like to think of Akram Khan as the master
mixer of disparate dance styles with his signature kathak/
contemporary aesthetic, but one of his longtime associates
might be giving him a run for his money. Jose Agudo adds
bharatanatyam and flamenco to the mix with Silk Road,
an evening of world premieres with which he is launching
his Agudo Dance Company. The program features Agudo
dancing two solos—one by Spanish choreographer Rafael
Amargo, the other by kathak artist Nahid Siddiqui—and a
duet with bharatanatyam/contemporary dancer Mavin Khoo.
The eclectic blend of styles promises an intriguing cultural
collision. May 4–5. sadlerswells.com.
A Tango with Danger
CA Immigrants—do they have stories to tell! Colombian-born Sergio
Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, A Bronx Tale) is directing and co-choreographing
(with Julio Zurita) Arrabal for Harvard’s American Repertory Theater. It’s about a young
woman who searches for her father in Argentina 18 years after he was “disappeared”
by the ruling junta. The musical asks the questions, What is our responsibility? Do we
just turn away and pretend that these violent acts, so commonplace for many in South
America, did not happen? Despite the dark nature of the narrative, the exuberant Trujillo says the choreographic process has been “exhilarating,” calling the musical “a story
told through tango.” Trujillo is working with a book by John Weidman and music by
composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain), whose live rock-tango rhythms
propel the action onstage. May 12–June 18. americanrepertorytheater.org.
Awesome Mix, Vol. 7
Seven hip-hop artists local to the Twin Cities are coming
together at the Cowles Center for MIXTAPE. Using their diverse back-
grounds and origin stories within hip hop as a starting point, the evening
of work probes the dance form’s multifaceted evolution and questions
the appropriation and commercialization of hip-hop culture. May 19–21.
The artists of MIXTAPE
Soledad Buss and