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And the dance goes on

The 19th Cyprus Contemporary Dance festival continues tomorrow with a dance performance in Limassol by the LeineRoebana dance company from the Netherlands and a performance in Nicosia by Rachel Erdos and Dancers from Israel.

The LeineRoebana dance company, led by choreographers Andrea Leine and Harijono Roebana, has been dancing on Dutch and international stages for the past 25 years. The company has reached the heights of success because of the passion its members have for dance, and because they see it as a meeting place for artists, performers and audiences from anywhere in the world.

LeineRoebana’s new approach to symmetry, rhythm and composition has enabled them to develop a unique dance idiom, in which the interplay of dance and music plays a central role. The ensemble has won awards in its homeland and internationally, and has performed in Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia, Tanzania, Singapore and Indonesia.

Tomorrow LeineRoebana will take to the Limassol stage with the dance piece Ghost Track, an unconventional dialogue between music and dance from Indonesia and the Netherlands.

The dance piece brings opposites together, Europe and Indonesia, contemporary and traditional, music and dance. These elements influence one another, they shine a light on their differences or bring them together to create something new.

The initial idea for Ghost Track started with Indonesian music. The sound of the gamelan – which produces the traditional music of Indonesia – was an inspiration for choreographers Leine and Roebana, who are always searching for unusual music. The composer Iwan Gunawan strips this sonorous sound of the solemnity and exaltation with which the gamelan is so often associated. Instead, we find exciting rhythms and meandering harmonies from the Sundanese culture of the island of Java.

While Limassol enjoys the dancing rhythms of the Ghost Track, Nicosia will enjoy the dance performance Black/White, in two parts, by the dance group Rachel Erdos and Dancers from Israel.

Black/White will be performed by an all-male cast who will use dance to explore masculinity, sexuality and faith.

The first part of the performance, Hevel, is dark and rock-and-roll, while the second, The Man Upstairs, has a softer and purer touch.

The two halves are presented back-to-back, with the first lasting 25 minutes and the second 20 minutes.

Hevel, performed by six male dancers, explores a spectrum of maleness from testosterone and power to vulnerability and loneliness. The Man Upstairs is a trio performed under cascading sand, set to original music. In this piece inspired by gestures taken from Jewish ritual, the dancers contrast faith rooted in belief in a higher power with faith in the power of community.

LeineRoebana: Ghost Track
Part of the 19th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 3. Rialto theatre, Limassol. €20 for all performances, €5 for one. Tel: 77-777745

Rachel Erdos and Dancers: Black and White
Part of the 19th Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival. June 3. Pallas theatre, Nicosia. €20 for all performances, €5 for one. Tel: 22-410181

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