CIMA: Contemporary Dance with a Purpose

Darkness surrounds you, the scent of sage fills your nose, loud mesmerizing music begins to play and a small light displays three sets of feet jumping up and down with bells tied around their ankles. Thus begins the inspirational contemporary dance performance, CIMA. But more than compelling dance, CIMA describes itself as “a call to the conscience of our identity, of our Latin-American roots, and above all, an invitation to believe in our capacity to change the world around us."

Santiago Chile
Photo courtesy Cima Danza Contemporánea

Three dancers took the stage, Namiko Gahier, Juan Pablo Corro, and Nikola Bahna, in a series of entwining bodies and rhythmic flow. It was almost trance-like to watch their nimble bodies leap and dance across the stage as loud, spellbinding music filled the room. Director Nikola Bahna emphasized “the need to present a ritual dance born within our Latin-American context, establishing the body as a medium, in search of a connection with the qualities and processes of our motherland."

Santiago Chile
Photo courtesy Cima Danza Contemporánea

While some of the dances were more graceful and emphasized the flowing rhythm of the dancer’s bodies, one dance in particular struck me as quite harsh and dramatic. The dancer shook violently and made quick, aggressive movements that contrasted the other dancer’s elegant moves in an almost disturbing manner. The dances were not solely for entertainment, but also had a message, and this dance was portraying how we forget who we are and become possessed by worldly things.

Another bold move was the opening dance, where the backdrop was a montage of nature scenes which changed drastically to war and violence. As the scenes moved from tranquility to violence, the dancer’s movements became more intense, eventually leaving them writhing on the stage floor.

Santiago Chile
Photo courtesy Cima Danza Contemporánea

The trio was quite impressive; moving and entangling their bodies in complicated twists and turns while they lifted and spun each other. Not one dancer overpowered the others; instead they created a perfect balance of harmony and discord. Each dancer had their solo moment, but they were more commanding as a trio, especially in the end performances where they were entwining themselves with spins and lifts so fast it was a surprise that they didn’t crash into each other.

CIMA is an interesting dance that captures the audience’s attention with its mesmerizing trance-like quality. You do not need to be an expert on contemporary dance to enjoy the elegant and rhythmic movements of the dancers. The elaborate choreography is perfectly balanced with the powerful music, enchanting the eyes and ears. Reserve your free tickets now to see this compelling performance that will continue until the August 30 by emailing cima.danza@gmail.com or calling 093136284.

http://www.anandamapu.cl/cima/

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