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CAÑA by Ana María Alvarez for Poussin and the Dance – YouTube
Piece Information: (Make sure you include this information below in your opening paragraph)
“CAÑA” (2022) Direction and choreographic vision Ana María Alvarez
Cinematography and editing Meena Murugesen
Musical composition, writing and arrangement Anaïs Maviel
Featured artists and improvisors Ana María Alvarez, Bobbie Bell, Dr. Shamell Bell, Jannet Galdamez, Liliana de Leon-Torsiello, Ruby Morales, Jasmine Stanley, Shantel Ureña, Dr. S. Ama Wray
Youth performers Luca Alvarez-Lowe, Sidney Alvarez-Lowe, Seijani Goodin, Iyannah McClendon
Birds Ana, Bella, Bruno, Roxy, Rudy, Sunshine
Musicians Anaïs Maviel, Rashaan Carter, Aruán Ortiz, Angel Lau, Jaimie Branch, Michael Pallas
Color correction Anastasia Shepherd
Community and production team CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater, Jessica Amaya, Rashaan Carter, Dolores Chavez, Jannet Galdamez, d. Sabela grimes, Vinkya Hunter, Gabriel Ibarra, Jolieba Jackson, Yolanda Keh, Jared Kok, Chan Quach, David Reynoso, Emmanuel Ruffler, Riley Shen, Farah Sosa
“CAÑA” is a dance film by Ana María Alvarez, founding artistic director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater, commissioned by the Getty Museum for the exhibition “Poussin and the Dance,” on view February 15–May 8, 2022. Alvarez’s film is one of three unique responses by Los Angeles-based choreographers to the legendary French painter’s many scenes of wild revelry, dancing nymphs and satyrs, and dramatic action drawn from classical myth. Like Poussin’s epic painting “Dance in Honor of Priapus,” which provides a window into a private ritual being performed by a group of women dancing in a ring, Alvarez’s film also draws us into a private world of a group of women, dancing together unselfconsciously among natural landscapes and dressed in lusciously colored textiles. Throughout the film, sugar cane is ripped, bitten, and swung about as a meditation on this indulgent substance—echoing themes of vice and virtue, and the pitfalls of bacchanalia that were investigated by Poussin.
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https://www.getty.edu/news/getty-exhibition-17th-century-painting-contemporary-dance/ (Links to an external site.)
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