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Famed Modern Dancers Visit Key West for Dance Programs
This month, two principal dancers of two of the world’s leading modern dance companies, Martha Graham Dance Company and Limón Dance Company, will visit Key West to share their talents and understanding of the world of modern dance with a series of classes, lectures and films.
As part of their visit, on Friday, June 18 at 3:00 pm TSKW will host an informal talk-back with the two prominent dancers at the Armory. Artistic Director Maurizio Nardi will be joined by leading dancer Daniel Fetecuca Soto of the Limon Dance Company and will talk with audience members about how they became dancers and about the differing artistic visions of their dance companies. The event is free-of- charge.
“Key West Modern Dance” program has been made possible with support from Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and begins its second year in Key West. In addition to lectures and films, Nardi and Soto will also be teaching modern dance classes at CoffeeMill Dance & Yoga Studio at 916 Pohalski Street in Key West. Two classes a day start June 15 for five days. The instruction focuses on modern form and technique for students and pre-professional dancers.
“Key West is one of America’s pulse points for the arts,” said Nardi. “Literature and fine arts and film have a rich heritage here. We want to create the same kind of heritage for modern dance in Key West.”
Leaving a budding dance career in his native Florence, Italy, Nardi came to the United States on a full scholarship from the Martha Graham School in 1998. He joined the world-renowned company in 2002 and has danced starring roles in many of Graham’s signature productions.
A native of Bogotá, Daniel Fetecuca Soto earned a BFA from Folkwang University in Germany. He has won numerous fellowships and commissions including two prestigious Harlem Stage Fund grants. Soto has danced with the Limón Dance Company since 2006.
In addition to CoffeeMill dance classes, Nardi will present a “Modern Dance Film Festival” at Key West’s Tropic Cinema with documentaries about the legendary founders of the two dance companies, Martha Graham and José Limón. Jennifer O’Lear, arts and culture editor of the Key West Keynoter will introduce the short films Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 PM at the popular Eaton Street moviehouse. Nardi and Soto will answer questions and talk about the films and their experiences in modern dance following the screenings. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for Tropic members.
Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham founded her own dance company in 1926. The oldest, and perhaps most famous modern dance company in the world, Graham redefined performance dance as decisively as other 20th century artists changed painting, literature and music.
Mexican-born José Limón moved to New York City in 1928 and founded his own company in 1946. Limón brought an athletic, neoclassic vision of modern dance to the stage that influenced both classical and modern choreographers to this day.
For information on CoffeeMill classes, visit keywestmoderndance.com or call 305-296-9982. For film schedules and details about the Tropic Cinema’s “Modern Dance Film Festival,” visit tropiccinema.com. TSKW.com has information about Nardi’s and Soto’s dance talk-back at the Studios of Key West.