December 7, 2013
Dance, acrobatics, music and projections blend to create a stunning showMonday, September 23, 2013
Diente de León: a cross-genre feast for dance lovers
The visible part of the rather unexpectedly named Diente de León (Lion’s Tooth) group is a beautiful, young blonde who performs alone (stunning Paula Palomo). But that performance is backed by a group of people, all men, apparently. And they are in charge of all sorts of chores without which the show would not exist as such. It is a demanding scenic endeavour that is hard to name, the result of a combination of several arts that do have names: dance, acrobatics, music, song, projections, gymnastics. The show, although called Lion’s Tooth, could be nameless as it is something that happens, it just exists. Its only raison d’être seems to be to regale the audiences’ senses.
It is the result of the dedication of its creator, Diego Lopardo, who had the idea of creating a theatrical action that caters to the spectators’ visual and auditory tastes, also appealing to their need of beauty and aesthetic fulfilment. Although nothing really seems to happen, they are witnessing indescribable action and the effort of a female artist who delights and intrigues. A variety of deeds happen on a make-believe lake created from torn pieces of paper and a big easy chair — at times a mute, soundless prop which seems to assist the performer, who eventually also uses a circle from which she hangs from the ceiling, creating so many beautiful and suspenseful, albeit risky movements.
On the floor, this admirable performer moves acrobatically and engages sensitively in beautiful dances. Is she searching for a lost identity, does she deny her fate, is she rejecting some unknown destiny? We shall not know, but we do enjoy the unfolding chain of movements and the union of light, motion and sound so admirably delivered by the dancer and so imaginatively directed by Javier Marra. Additional credits should go to Eric Lehman’s music, Soledad Miravalle’s and María Eugenia Pintos’ stylish outfits.
Where and when
Pata de Ganso, Pasaje Zelaya 3122 // 4862 0209 / Friday 9pm.