If Black love was translated into movement, Mauro Bigonzetti’s choreographed Alvin Ailey piece ‘Deep’ would be the interpretation of that feeling.
Led by Bigonzetti’s complex and physical choreography, the artists of one of the most renowned Black dance theater groups of our time explored the nuances of our relationships through motion.
The strategic motion conveyed push and pull, drag and holding, lifting and crumbling, holding and letting go–all movements associated with the complexity of intimate connections.
Accompanied by vocals and music created by global artists Ibeyi, the work is a cultural melting pot of European, American and African Cultures.
Throughout the piece, twin sisters sing in both English and Yoruba backed by heavy drumming.
While the piece still has the raw energy of the Ailey magic, their is a youthful angst and play attached to each move.
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Bigonzetti returned to Ailey as choreographer after his critically acclaimed work ‘Festa Barocca’ was hailed “a major addition to the company’s repertoire that offers a perfect vehicle for its many-faceted talents to gleam anew,” by the Los Angeles Times.
‘Deep’ is just one of three pieces that made their world premiere debut at Ailey this year. The Martin Luther King inspired r-Evolution,Dream is also running on stage this month, along with Ailey classic ‘Revelations’ and fan favorite ‘Exodus.’