MYTHOLOGIES – Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance returns to NYC in LIVE PERFORMANCE with the premiere of “Mythologies,” a five-part dance work inspired by the stories of Ancient Greece. Non-traditional gender roles are explored. Characters include sensual sirens, ferocious Amazonian warriors & the devoted “Band of Thebes,” inspired by the stories of Ancient Greece in and around the time of the Trojan War. Excerpts of “Tales of Hopper” (2020) will also be shown. LIVE MUSIC. 11/27 @ 7pm; 11/28 @ 6pm.
Mythologies is an expansion of Lavagnino’s most recent work, Monsters of Grace, which premiered at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in January 2020. (See APAP 2020 showcase here.) In 2019, Lavagnino began her choreographic process with five women en pointe, reflecting the Amazonian community of Ancient Greece. She explored how strength, grace, and femininity can co-exist in a single body, using the percussive and ethereal qualities of the pointe shoe. The strength and ability of the women on stage is explored, without losing touch with their intrinsic femininity.
The work has since been expanded. Her further research into Greek history discovered the existence of a group of homosexual male warriors called the Band of Thebes, comprised of 150 male couples whose devotion and excellence made for one of the best armies in Greece. The developing movement with male dancers’ centers around camaraderie and the deeply committed loyalty these warriors held for one another. A partnering section in Mythologies brings the male and female warriors into combative yet ardent coupling. This exploration of non-traditional gender roles continues as an undercurrent throughout.
CLD celebrates the unique qualities and individualism of each company member as this work puts forward a vision of full-bodied, qualified dancers whose varied inner lives and ways of occupying space lend strength and poignancy to their performance, defying stereotypes around what bodies are suited to ballet.