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SHE: Voices of Women Heard and Unheard
Dalia Carella Dance Collective
As a world-renowned fusion artist, Dalia Carella is known for her explorations into cultural dance forms and her precise, seamless blending of traditional and contemporary dances in a theatrical context. For nearly 42 years, Ms. Carella has brought her extensive knowledge of the dances from the Near and Middle East (especially Egypt and Turkey), India, Spain, North Africa and Latin Caribbean to the stage, infusing it with a contemporary Western sensibility. As founder and Artistic Director of DCDC, her work continues to transcend labels and genres as it explores themes of spirituality and mysticism, feminism and global diversity. The Associated Press called her work a “passionate fusion of diverse cultures" (Claudia LaRocco) and the Village Voice wrote “The Dalia Carella Contemporary Dance Collective could be called....specialists in all styles.” (Eva Yaa Asantewaa)
“She: Voices of Women, Heard and Unheard” is a full length show celebrating the strength of women. It will feature the world premiere of “The Abduction of Genoveffa”. This multidisciplinary docudrama tells the story of Ms. Carella’s grandmother, Genoveffa, who at sixteen years old was kidnapped, then forced to marry her abductor and leave Italy for America. The piece centers on how one devastating event altered her destiny forever; it follows her tumultuous journey through bitterness and loss to her will to triumph with motherhood and family. To tell this deeply emotional story, Ms. Carella and her cousin, Stephanie Golba-Santangelo, have painstakingly researched the events leading up to the abduction as well as Genoveffa’s life and marriage and travelled to Italy to gather interviews from family members, genealogical documents, and photographs. “She” also includes works by some of the finest world dance artists in New York City, curated by Ms. Carella. By exploring themes such as loss of innocence, gender inequality, and the strength of women in the face of adversity, the curated works serve to represent facets of Genoveffa’s life, as well as the myriad aspects of womanhood in general.
The cast and curated works includes: Diego Aleixo, Irina Akulenko, Dalia Carella, Goussy Celestin, Ramzi El-Edlibi, Entelechy, Diane Hutchinson, Layla Isis, Beth Kucharczyk, Mariyah, Nahoko Sugiyama, Stephanie Vartanian, and Autumn Ward.
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