Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers dance artistry

Posted 5/25/21

The 2021–22 contemporary dance series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present “groundbreaking” movement to contemporary companies grounded in classical form.

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers dance artistry


The 2021–22 contemporary dance series at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present “groundbreaking” movement to contemporary companies grounded in classical form.

Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 21, according to a press release.

This season, the emotional Flamenco Íntimo, a blend of Bharatanatyam and modern dance with Ashwini Ramaswamy, plus the MOMIX and the percussive soundscape of Dorrance Dance’s tap will be showecased, the release said.

Although subject to change, below is the schedule for upcoming dance performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts:

Flamenco Íntimo
7:30 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29, 2021,
7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 30
Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre brings together national flamenco dancers and musicians for eight shows in the center’s Stage 2 Theater on select Fridays and Saturdays in October.

Cabaret tables and theater seats will be available. To culminate this series, Chacón will perform works inspired by Spanish dance pioneers Lydia Torea, Adelino Fernandez, Laura Moya and Dini Roman on Oct. 29 and 30.

These performances will be followed by a panel discussion with performers sharing their stories about these trailblazing artists and their legacy. Also, a Flamenco por la Familia show will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 as part of the center’s Family Series, which incorporates storytelling, history and hands-on participation for all ages to enjoy.

Ashwini Ramaswamy: Let the Crows Come
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
Evoking a ritual of Hinduism, “Let the Crows Come” uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed.

This dance for three features an original score by Prema Ramamurthy, Jace Clayton and Brent Arnold. The score will be played live by a hybrid musical ensemble of Carnatic classical, western classical and electronic musicians seated on stage with the dancers.

“Let the Crows Come” evolved from a simple idea; when a DJ remixes a song, they maintain its essence while changing its trajectory. To Ramaswamy, this mutation is reminiscent of being a second-generation immigrant — a person that has been culturally remixed to fit into multiple places at once.

Ramaswamy is an independent choreographer and choreographic associate with Ragamala Dance Company, whose work references ancient myths and ritualistic practices, global literature and poetry. Details to come on a virtual engagement opportunity led by Ramaswamy before the show.

40th Anniversary – VIVA MOMIX
8 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images, using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body.

The program, called “VIVA MOMIX,” celebrates the most memorable works from the last 40 years. Interested audience members can stay after the performance for an up-close and personal post-show talk back with company dancers.

Dorrance Dance
8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2022
Founded in 2011 by MacArthur Fellow and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance seeks to honor tap dance’s history — America’s longest-standing indigenous jazz vernacular — by pushing it rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually with street, club and experimental dance forms.

Attendees can participate in a virtual talk with company members before the performance for a conversation on the work to be performed and the dancer’s experiences. Limited seating available for a 60-minute student matinee performance at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2022.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the release noted, aims to be the premier contemporary dance presenter of the Southwest, showcasing dance growth in the region through several public and private community programs.

The center provides professional development opportunities and platforms for local projects to debut, the release added.