Streaming October 27 – November 6
Run time is approximately 30 minutes
Smuin continues our Digital Replay offerings with Salsa ’til Dawn, which premiered during our recent Dance Series 1.
Choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie, Salsa ’til Dawn is Moultrie’s first creation for the Company, though we performed his ballet Jazzin’ in 2013. Artistic Director Celia Fushille connected Moultrie with Grammy award-winning composer Charles Fox, who had collaborated with Michael Smuin, and found a surprise link: both Moultrie and Fox had graduated from the same high school!
Using some of Fox’s Cuban jazz compositions, Moultrie created a piece that perfectly captures the dynamism of Smuin. “Music is always the complete inspiration for me,” said Moultrie. “It’s been such an honor to work with an artistic giant like Charles [Fox] and bring his music to life by marrying it with the physicality of dance. With my choreography, I like to celebrate the joy of movement alongside the discipline of the dancers and their technique. Because joy is not trivial! All emotions matter and we need joy in our lives.”
The Los Altos Town Crier said, “Salsa ’til Dawn feels revolutionary in its commitment to expressing not just the joy of dancing, but the joy of being alive. This reviewer cannot think of one bad thing to say about this piece that expertly combines a multitude of genres, emotions, references to artistic movements and pristine technical performance.”
Learn more about how Salsa ’til Dawn came to be in the video below!
Watch a teaser trailer for Salsa ’til Dawn in the video below!