A special dance presentation
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8PM

Dance showcase presentation.

Next generation choreographers Alicia Díaz + Matthew Thornton present Deep Listening – a new investigation of culture, memory, and identity through movement, music, and text.

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Agua Dulce Dance Theater presents Deep Listening–an investigation of culture, memory, and identity through movement, music, and text.

Choreographers Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton present 3 works featuring Puerto Rican vocalist José Joaquín García and Puerto Rican percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez with lighting design by Michael Jarett and costume design by Isabela Tavares.

algún día…some day: A duet choreographed and performed by Díaz and Thornton with vocalist José Joaquín García, deals with the urgency of the present moment, a moment that does not exist. In a relationship there is only what we have been and what we will become.

one head many hats: Mixing spoken word, movement, and song, Matthew Thornton investigates personal and social histories dealing with his own identity as son, grandson, and father.

Deep Listening: Deep Listening is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Puerto Rican dance artist Alicia Díaz and Puerto Rican percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez. The piece is an improvised conversation between movement and sound, between dancer and musician, and between memory and identity.

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Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton co-founded Agua Dulce Dance Theater in New York City in 2006. The company creates work for concert dance, outdoor environments, multi-media, and site-specific projects. Agua Dulce has performed and taught in festivals, universities, colleges and high schools traveling to Mexico, Puerto Rico and across the U.S., including the 2006 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series.  Agua Dulce collaborated with choreographer Steven Iannacone in Desde el Jardín performed in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Alumni Concert in NYC.  Their work The Seed and The Gardener, a film by KimSu Theiler was presented in the 2011 Dance Films @ The Flea Festival.  Outdoor video piece dust, created in collaboration with KimSu Theiler and Thayer Jonutz, was presented in the 2015 American College Dance Association. down by the riverside, i remember you, a film by Alicia Díaz, was one of two winners at the 2nd Annual Richmond Dance Festival Film Night. Agua Dulce opened for Grammy award winning musical sextet “eighth blackbird” with passing through, presented by the Modlin Center in 2013.


ALICIA DÍAZ  Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Díaz is dance faculty at The University of Richmond and co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater (ADDT) with movement artist Matthew Thornton. She is also an M.F.A. candidate at The George Washington University, where she was awarded a University Fellowship.  Díaz has danced professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Andanza: Compañía Puertorriqueña de Danza Contemporánea, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions. Her choreography has been presented in the United States, Latin America and Spain.  Recently, she has collaborated with choreographer Steven Iannacone and with Thayer Jonutz and Catch Me Dance Project in multimedia and site-specific projects. Most recently, she was a guest artist in the Maida Wither’s Dance Construction Company performing MindFluctuations at the Kennedy Center and the George Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Díaz has been collaborating with percussionist Héctor “Coco” Barez since December 2014.

MATTHEW THORNTON is a movement artist that combines dance, theater, somatic practice, and martial arts. Thornton performed internationally with Pilobolus Dance Theater in both concert dance and commercial work and has worked as a master teacher of the Pilobolus Method. Previous dance companies include Jody Oberfelder, Freespace Dance, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions.Matthew Thornton recently performed for Maida Wither’s Dance Construction Company at the Kennedy Center and the George Lisner Auditiorium premiering her new work Mindfluctuations. Matthew Thornton joined The University of Richmond’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Dance in Fall 2011 where he currently teaches Capoeira Angola, partnering techniques, and Chi-gung. He has choreographed two original works for University Dancers, and for UR theatre productions Trojan Women, Spring Awakening: the Musical, and the world premiere of Threshold. In the Faculty Movement Research Studio at the University of Richmond, Thornton hosts a monthly Richmond Contact Improvisation Jam, and a weekly Open Session for practitioners of Capoeira Angola. Previously Matthew Thornton served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Hope College, where he was Assistant Artistic Director of dANCE pROjECt founded by Steven Iannacone.

JOSÉ JOAQUÍN GARCÍA Puerto Rican director, composer, actor, singer, writer, and teaching artist. He studied Musical Theater Performance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. José understudied Rubén Blades in Paul Simon’s The Capeman, on Broadway. He has also performed with The New Group (The Flatted Fifth), Repertorio Español, LaTea, The Public Theatre, and has worked extensively with Pregones Theater Company (The Red Rose with Danny Rivera, El Apagón, Medea with Lupita Ferrer). José has brought the New York Latino voice to the stage with Rubí Theater Company, where he directed Martín Espada’s Imagine the Angels of Bread (New York Hip Hop Theater Festival, New World Theater, MASS/Amherst) and works by Nicholasa Mohr’s The Bronx Remembered (Henry Street Settlement). With Rubí, José has appeared on several CD’s including Tanga Sweet by Mario Bauzá, and the Grammy winning album Catch That Train by Dan Zanes.

HÉCTOR “COCO” BAREZ Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, was a founding member and toured 7 years with the Grammy award-winning alternative Latin band Calle 13. Coco has also had the opportunity to record, collaborate and perform with a wide variety of Latin and World music artists including Bio Ritmo, Alma Tropicalia, Don Omar, Bacilos, Mana, Alejandro Sanz, Shakira, Ruben Blades, William Cepeda (Puerto Rican Folk Jazz), Cultura Profetica, Calma Carmona, Diana Fuentes, Jerry Rivera, Jerry Medina & La banda, Tego Calderon (Hip-Hop), Jossette Reily (Flamenco), and Furia Flamenca.

Deep Listening is made possible in part by the generous support of The University of Richmond. Past Dance Review: New Works at UR Captivate the Audience by GENE HARRIS. Click here for more information



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