SoMoS *("We Are", in Spanish), is a performance spectacle directed by choreographer and dance artist *Merián Soto, bridging nature and the urban landscape in the North Philadelphia barrio, and bringing together seven years of branch practice research. SoMoS *will create a meditative nature carnival out of a concrete parking lot, with performance spaces and multimedia displays for winter, spring, summer and fall. Fifteen dancers will be spread throughout the performing areas in numerous combinations, including core dancers and co-choreographers *Olive Prince, Jumatatu Poe, Marion Ramírez, Beau Hancock, and Jung Woong Kim.
"*SoMoS *is a large scale event, with three geodesic tents transformed into performance spaces. Seasonal video- and audio-scapes are projected on and about dancers performing the hypnotic, branch dances—an intimate dance that follows the gravity and shifting balance of nature. Large shadows of the dancers are projected against the walls of the tents. Visible from the outside, these artful shadows create their own performance experience and yet another viewpoint for audiences. The fourth performance space will be the outdoors, with giant video projections of nature in extreme close-up upon the walls of adjoining buildings."
—text from Merián Soto's blog
For more information on the Branch Dance series, and on Merián Soto's work, click here.
Presented by Taller Puertorriqueño’s Café Under the Stars
Two performances: 7:15 and 9 p.m.
Photo: Dancers in the *SoMoS project, photo by Lindsay Browning.*