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Dancing Monks? 

Wednesday, Nov 28 2007
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If you can't remember the last time you saw a back handspring performed with such exquisite lyricism so as to evoke the soul of Mexico, this weekend offers the rare opportunity. The newly Bay Area–based Dance Monks, whose highly gymnastic yet homespun dancing conjures a wistfulness consistent with their name, take to the stage with their first home season in San Francisco. Directors Rodrigo Esteva and Mirah Moriarty, formerly of NYC's mold-breaking PearsonWidrig Dance Theater, are as physically daring as they are endearing in Postcards of Mexico, a tribute to Esteva's home country in partnership with famed Mexican photographer Sebastian Belaustegui. Weaving traditional music, ancient Spanish texts, and Mexican legends with contemporary dance, Postcards calls to mind the color-strewn landscape of Mexico in a breath-catching collage of past and present. Also on the bill is a new work, GREEN/A Force of Nature, examining humanity's tenuous relationship with nature in a multimedia response to our disconcerting climate crisis. Projected alongside the dancers will be video by local landscape videographer Marcos Duran, shot onsite at our own Muir Beach.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 8 p.m., 2007

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