“Trade Winds / Aires de Cambio” debuts in Chicago

Showroom, Danzabierta. Photo by Susan Pous

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ogether with Hedwig Dances, two of Chicago’s premier dance organizations have debuted Trade Winds/Aires de Cambio.

“As you observe the performance, we want you to find all the similarities and differences that exist in the life and world of a dancer from La Habana and a dancer from Chicago,” explains Guido Gali, artistic director of renowned Cuban contemporary dance company DanzAbierta. The performance will run through Oct. 11.

Trade Winds/Aires de Cambio explores each culture’s conceptualization of time. Jan Bartoszek, artistic director and founder of Hedwig Dances, choreographed Trade Winds while Susana Pous, resident choreographer for DanzAbierta, orchestrated Aires de Cambio. The collaborative effort took place through e-mails, phone calls and video conferencing with select visits in between. Dancers finally rehearsed together just a week before the show’s debut.

“Although it’s been a challenge because of time, I think it’s a great idea to bring people together through their love of dance. It’s a good thing to leave what you’re used to and be exposed to so many different points of view when it comes to art, to life, even another dancer’s reality. These experiences enrich us,” explains Gali.

The performance is set to an original score created specifically for this presentation and includes a parallel view of each city through the use of landscape video montages created by Daniel Kullman, Nadia Oussenko and DanzArte. Friday’s performance includes a pre-show talk with Bartoszek and Pous, while Saturday’s performance includes a post-show reception.

Trade Winds/Aires de Cambio

The Dance Center of Columbia College
1306 S. Michigan Ave
Oct. 11
 All performances are at 8 p.m.

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