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Huellas

by Natalie Laruccia
October 22, 2008
Buenos Aires, OT (Argentina)
A modern dance piece in an unusual setting by a well-known choreographer and dancer from Argentina.
Diana Theocharidis

Diana is a dancer and choreographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina who had a formation in several disciplines that marked the development of her career afterward. In the field of dance she studied modern dance in the Teatro San Martin under Ana Itleman, Reante Scottelius, Ana Maria Stekelman, Maruicio Wainrot and Ilse Wiedman amongst others. She continued her formation in Fance and Italy and studied piano and musical análisis as well. Diana obtained her degree as a psychologist and philosophist in the University of Buenos Aires.

In 1989 she formed her own dance company "Espacio Contemporáneo" oriented in long works directed by contemporary music. In her multidisciplinary works with different theatre directors she began to asimílate singers, circus actors, gymnants, skaters and all types of artists of all different ages.

The majority of her works include, como.Homenaje a Scelsi (1989), Urania (1990),
Reflejos (1993), Cuarteto para el Fin del Tiempo (1995), The Bells of Sleep (1995), Khora (1997), Isabel (¿Y sabe él?) (1997), Kassia (1998), Sul cominciare, sul finire (1999), Beethoven Op. 133 (2001) y Transcripción (2003). With her company she has presented works in General San Martin Theatre, National Cervantes Theatre, Alvear, Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Teatro Colon Experimental Space amonst many other theatres and spaces. She has been invited to participate in diverse International festivals such as the Festival di Musica Antica e Contemporanea (Torino-Saluzzo), Rassegna di Danza Contemporanea e Nuove Tendenze (Rome), Congreso Latinoamericano de Danza (Caracas), Festival de Danza Independiente (Santiago, Chile), Buenos Aires en Porto Alegre y I y II Festival Internacional de Teatro de Buenos Aires.

Most recently she was nominated director of the Teatro Colon Experimental Space for which she has been awarded the ACE prize (Association of Theatre Critics).

To see videos of her lates work "Huellas" go to these links in YouTube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cNWTUM3KI1I
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ptMkElAvi8U
http://youtube.com/watch?v=SQnPA8rRAx4
http://youtube.com/watch?v=MCikEKp5vRU
http://youtube.com/watch?v=X6_iYy1nUJA

Huellas

This piece is a highly inusual and creative work created by Diana and inspired by the cycle of works Traces, by Martín Matalón which contains two qualities, the interior of a furniture store and the exterior where the spectators on the street watch and observe the world inside the glass display of the store. An un-penetretable wall of glass separates the dancers from the audience and divides the world into two diferente entities. The idea behind the piece is that inside, outside, time and tri-dimentionality doesn't exist. A membrane of glass that is apparantly acts as a divider is also what deforms the faces of the dancers as they press their bodies against the glass. I found it to be a highly inspiring and original work in an eccletic space where I would least expect a dance performance to be held. I was able to watch from the point –of-view of the spectator in the street as well as from inside the store from the point-of-view of the dancers. Many cars and cyclists stopped as well as people casually strolling the sidewalks to stop for a few minutes and watch this curious act. I invite you to check out the videos on YouTube to get into the action and see what this marvelous piece of work is all about.

Huellas
Direction and Choreographer: Diana Theocharidis
Music: Martín Matalón
Dancers: Julieta Eshkenazy, Julián Garcés, Sonia Nocera, Gabriela Núñez
Assistant Choreographer: Natalia Iñón
Assistant Director: Luciana Milione

Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


Photo © & courtesy of Natalie Laruccia


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