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LAFA dancers rehearse repertoire for Vancouver performances

LAFA dancers rehearse repertoire for Vancouver performances

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Dancers of the LAFA & Artists Dance Group on Saturday showed a small group of friends the repertoire they will perform at the dance festival in Adelaide, Australia and the 2010 Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver, Canada, in March.
"We plan to show a variety of choreography and hope to interest the audience with the different temperaments of the dancers, " said Bulareyaung Pagarlava, the LAFA's artistic director and choreographer.
LAFA was founded by Bulareyaung and the internationally known dancer Fang-yi Sheu in 2008, and the company's productions "Single Room" and "37 Arts" have won high acclaim at international dance festivals.
Sheu, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and LAFA's dancers will present the two works and a new version of a renowed piece at the two international events in Australia and Canada.
According to Bulareyaung, "37 Arts" was the first work in which he included playful and humorous elements, and he expects the audience to appreciate its beauty and enjoy the fun.
With simple props, the dancers pull and push to show confrontation, suffering and anger. Bulareyaung revealed that inspiration for the piece came from his relationship with Sheu, his partner in life and in work, and the years when they lived in a place called 37 Arts in New York.
"Lamentation, " a work which demonstrates the slight shade of sadness, is an extension of the legendary Martha Graham's work of the same title.
Bulareyaung has added a moving touch to the piece with a prelude featuring Graham telling the story in her own voice of an aged man who told her about the cathartic effect "Lamentation" had on him.
Bulareyaung revealed that "Single Room" was the couple's first joint production, and the solos showing the internal struggle of lovers being apart actually reflected the years when Sheu was trying to find her path in New York and he stayed in Taiwan.
Both Bulareyaung and Sheu said that they hope the talented young dancers joining their company will give impressive performances on the international stage.
(By Sunnie Chen)




Updated : 2021-03-01 22:25 GMT+08:00