Tapestry's cornucopia satiates
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Bright smiles and full hearts were in abundance
when the Tapestry Dance Company presented "Esprit!
The Souls of Rhythm" Friday night.
Tapestry artistic director Acia Gray and
choreographer Nicholas Young brought together
traditional dances from across the world and
weaved a beautiful, colorful, textured, um,
Not only did the program beam a spotlight on
local folk troupes, but "Esprit!" seamlessly
interlaced all those traditions with Tapestry's
brand of jazz, contemporary ballet and rhythm tap.
It was a visual feast from the show's dreamlike
start to its thunderous finish.
The show opened with dancers from each
tradition adorned in splendor. A mist hung in the
air, and soothing New Age music played as they
walked in a trancelike state as souls or
characters in a dream.
They slowly drifted past each other, then
And the feast began.
There was Indian soloist Anu Naimpally, bending
and swaying her delicate hands and arms while her
bell-laced feet pounded the floor.
There were ripples of pink, blue and red as the
girls of Love of China created art with ribbons
There was a Celtic hoedown when the Irish Dance
Company stepped and jigged.
There was the multiracial Lannaya Drum and
Dance Ensemble of Guinea, rousing the theater, the
city, the world with their pulsating beats and
There was Ballet Folklorico, with women decked
like white lacy doilies dancing and balancing
votive candles on their heads and men dancing and
kicking sashes into sweetheart bows.
There was Zein Al-Jundi and the Bint El Balad
Bellydance Ensemble, mesmerizing the Tapestry men
with their veils and shimmies.
There was Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, riding
"la plena," or the train (the "train" a physical
way of spreading the day's news) in S-shaped
loops. (Who was the old woman onboard with the pig
in her hands?!)
Sadly, the feast ended. But, boy, were we