You can see the dancers who will perform You took A Part of Me from June 12-16, 2018 at New York Live Arts (219.W. 19 St.) nightly at 7:30 on the program, WOMEN CREATE- A Festival of Dance. For this production we are presenting Donkey Jaw Bone:
Donkey Jaw Bone, inspired by Mexican’s theatrical wrestling form, Lucha Libre, sits at the border of sport, dance and ritual, invoking connections between sometimes contradictory domains: rural and urban, tradition and modernity, ritual and parody, machismo and feminism, politics and spectacle. The Traditional music is performed live on pre-Columbian instruments, the teponaztli (a pitched slit-log drum), the hueheutl (an upright tubular drum), ayoyotes (an Aztec percussion instrument made from the shells of the ayoyote tree tied around the ankle), the quijada, (a donkey jawbone) and the jarana (a guitar-like instrument from the Veracruz region of Mexico). The dance draws on Balanchine’s Agon, (the ancient Greek term for struggle or contest), pre-Columbian and contemporary minimalism, drag queen style and re-enacts documentary Lucha wrestling matches portrayed with a nod to the traditional characters of Lucha Libre – the Tecnico or good guys, the rudo or heels and the Exotico or campy, effeminate wrestlers.