Axis Mundi – Danza Ballet – April 2012
XX International Festival: Dance in the Desert: Mexico
Playwriting, gestures, interpretation, these are three issues, though not the only ones, directly pertaining to contemporary dance. To reach a definition of each, and then establish a structural and functional system, between them, is the task of every choreographer in each staging. This premise is the subject of analysis in this paper, referring to the twentieth edition of the international exhibition Dance in the Desert, held from April 19 to 29 in Hermosillo, Sonora, northwestern Mexico.
Although there are exceptional cases, as Maureen Fleming, all the choreographers participating in this show seem to be in the ontological construction of their discipline. For the sake of assessment - which can be done in one way or another, the program show span from witty, with "Lamb" by Phillip Adams, to more poetic, with "Axis Mundi" by Maureen Fleming. No surprise there. The policy of this annual exhibition has been, since its inception in 1993, the diversity in its program.
Gestures: between academic art and playful exploration
Choreographers usually like to apply the language or vocabulary of dance to body gestures expressively organized at the scene. In the twentieth edition of the international exhibition of Dance in the Desert two major trends in gestural exploration could have been seen: the gesture as a projection of a formal technical training, and the gesture as more or less extensive exploration of the expressive human body.
Other choreographers, however, choose to stick to technical gestures (moves), or try a combination of both trends.