The annual Tanz im August, a contemporary dance festival in Berlin, draws in hundreds of spectators and dance companies from around the world. This year, two companies with West African roots proved particularly popular: Nadia Beugré’s Libr’Arts and Serge Aimé Coulibaly’s Faso Dance Theatre. Both Beugré, hailing from Côte d'Ivoire, and Coulibaly, from Burkina Faso, are choreographers who direct successful troupes in Europe and tour extensively everywhere from New York to Berlin. However, perhaps more importantly, both use their craft to confront the immediacy of bodily representation and the various strains of humor, discomfort, and joy that this confrontation arises.
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE