Named after a place that everyone knows but no one has been, Alaska is a sensual dance theater portrayal of memory. Choreographer Diana Szeinblum uses dark humor, extreme physicality, original... More
About this performance
Named after a place that everyone knows but no one has been, Alaska is a sensual dance theater portrayal of memory. Choreographer Diana Szeinblum uses dark humor, extreme physicality, original music and a minimal set to create a beautiful spectacle that gravitates between uneasy stillness and violent frenzy.
Performance: Nov 6, 2009
Venue: On the Boards | Seattle, WA
Duration: 60 min
Posted: Nov 18, 2009
Cast & Credits
|Idea and Direction by||Diana Szeinblum|
|Choreographic creation||Diana Szeinblum|
Alejandra Ferreyra Ortíz
Alejandra Ferreyra Ortíz
|Original Music||Ulises Conti|
|Musical Interpretation||Ulises Conti (piano)|
Mariano Malamud (viola)
|General Production||Gustavo Kotik|
|Assistant Director||Jazmín Tesone|
|Graphic design||Javier Veraldi|
About The Artist
Diana Szeinblum is a dancer and choreographer. She danced with the contemporary Ballet of the San Martin General Theater under the direction of Oscar Araiz. She also worked as an actress in the play Recuerdos de una vieja leyenda, directed by Augusto Fernández. She received a scholarship from the Goethe Institute to study in the Folkwang Tanz Schule (Germany) when she danced with the F. T. S. Company under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch and worked with choreographers such as Bausch, Susanne Linke and Urs Dietrich. Diana interpreted and carried out the realization of the piece Cielosiena, then choreographed the play Mediocielo for Julio Bocca´s Argentinian Ballet. She also created the play Secreto y Malibú, which toured through Europe, America and Asia and received several awards. She choreographed A la hora de oro for the Ballet of the San Martin Theater, for which she received the Trinity Guevara prize for best choreography in the year 2003.
Diana currently teaches composition and improvisation classes in Buenos Aires.
“In the fearless, gale-force landscape of "Alaska," created by Argentinean choreographer Diana Szeinblum, bodies convulse and metamorphose in brutal phrases that read like symptom and remedy both. Like 90-proof dance theater, "Alaska" packs an amazing rush of raw, coursing energy into 60 minutes, all while playing subtly with the audience's need to assign meaning.” - Jean Lenihan, Seattle Times
Photo: Diana Szeinblum
Dancing the Alaska State of Mind
"This is pretty heady stuff, and Szeinblum’s conceptual Alaska is rather more dark, desolate and austere than our majestic, cruise-ship friendly, oil-rich, eccentric, and ruggedly individualistic neighbors many have in their minds." - Crosscut
"Alaska" is bold, 90-proof dance
"Like 90-proof dance theater, “Alaska” packs an amazing rush of raw, coursing energy into 60 minutes, all while playing subtly with the audience’s need to assign meaning." - The Seattle Times
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