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Samita Sinha
Oct. 11 — Oct. 12, 2014

Cipher Performances / Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
Horacio Macuacua in David Zambrano's Soul Project. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger^492 Edivaldo Ernesto in David Zambrano's Soul Project. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger.^492 Edivaldo Ernesto in David Zambrano's Soul Project. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger.^492 David Zambrano's Soul Project. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger.^492 David Zambrano's Soul Project. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger.^492 David Zambrano's Soul Project. Photo by Anja Hitzenberger.^492

David Zambrano

MAPP produced by first U.S. tour of Soul Project which brought the work to seven cities in April and May 2012: Alverno College (Milwaukee, WI), Danspace Project (New York, NY), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), Stanford Lively Arts (Stanford, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and Miami Light Project (Miami, FL). In addition to performances, MAPP arranged for master classes and workshops, lecture demonstrations and discussions to place the work in a global context.

Soul Project was conceived and directed by David Zambrano, a monumental figure in the international dance community for a quarter century. Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. He has taught his own approach to dance in more than 60 countries, and performed at hundreds of venues. His pieces range from set choreography, structured improvisation, and pure improvisation. Born in Venezuela, Zambrano spent 15 years in New York, and now lives in between Amsterdam / Brussels. 

Soul Project is a series of virtuosic solos set to a recording of a live performance of a classic soul song; but the order of the solos and their location in the space is a function of chance, making each night's performance unique. Throughout the work, the audience is invited to mingle, get close to the cast, and witness the dance from any angle they choose. All at once the experience is intimate and personal -- you can feel every tremble and sigh of the performers' bodies -- and communal, as together with the rest of the audience you anticipate the next dancer and the next song, and share in the discovery once it begins.

Soul Project was created and performed in collaboration with a cast of seven remarkable performers: Edivaldo Ernesto (Mozambique), Milan Herich (Slovakia), Peter Jasko (Slovakia), Horacio Macuacua (Mozambique), Nina Fajdiga (Slovenia), and Young Cool Park (South Korea). Lighting design on tour was created by Ellen Knops and Natasja Goebels. Mat Voorter designed the costumes.

The U.S. tour of Soul Project was made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.    

Soul Project at Dublin Dance Festival 2009 from davidzambrano on Vimeo.