The San Francisco International Arts Festival celebrates its Fifth Anniversary featuring the California performance premiere of extraordinary Brazilian dancer/choreographer Cristina Moura in her solo production "like an idiot." Presented in collaboration with Cultural Odyssey the performance will take place on Thursday May 29, 7:00pm, Saturday, May 31, 9:30pm, and Sunday June 1, 4:30pm at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th Street (@ Mission Street). Tickets are $20 general, $15 for groups, students, seniors and advance. For reservations and tickets for all shows please call, 415-292-1850 or 800-838-3006 or visit www.culturalodyssey.org/boxoffice or www.sfiaf.org.
About the Artist:
CRISTINA MOURA is one of Brazil's most provocative and exciting performing artists. Cristina studied classical ballet and contemporary dance and has been a professional dancer since she was 15 years old working and touring worldwide with different companies from Brazil and Europe. From 1995 to 2002 CRISTINA MOURA has been working and living in Europe. She went back to Brazil in 2002, where she premiered her dance solo "like an idiot" at the Panorama de Dança Festival Rio de Janeiro. Since then the solo has been presented almost 100 times in Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA and Uruguay. This will be the West Coast premiere of the production!
About the Performance:
"like an idiot" is a performance that combines a brilliant unique dance vocabulary with performance art, and theater. Utilizing otherworldly recorded music and her own idiosyncratic choreographic movement, Cristina moves about the stage as if possessed, drawing pictures in midair speaking with her hands, head, arms and body creating a mosaic of images, sounds, and gestures. Childlike pedestrian movement morphs into stamina driven excerpts of physical dance prowess. The piece explores the multifaceted personalities and the multiple impulses and expressions that constitute self-identity. The performance portrays the body in transformation and as a storehouse of emotions. It aims to communicate personal evolution in an objective, clear and direct way through the language of dance. "like an idiot" plays to the child in all of us. As an audience we can all commiserate with Cristina when she says, "sometimes I feel like an idiot!"