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Pan American Dance Institute presents the Latina Dance Project

The Latina Dance Project, hosted by the Pan American Dance Institute, will be in Las Cruces Sept. 24-27 and will conduct workshops, a lecture demonstration and a performance.


The week will begin with two fee movement classes taught by company members at the New Mexico State University Activities Center.

The Brazilian Movement workshop, held from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Sept. 24, blends Capoeira, Samba and modern dance.

The Text and Movement workshop, held from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Sept. 25, will incorporate spoken word and movement to find a deeper meaning within thematic material. Dancers, actors, writers, singers and the interested public are encouraged to attend.

The lecture demonstration will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Corbett Center Student Union auditorium. This demonstration will focus on socio, cultural, political and spiritual narratives from a Latina perceptive. This event also is free to the public.

The company will present "Coyolxauhqui ReMembers" at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Rio Grande Theater. This evening of dramatic dance reinterprets the Aztec myth of the Moon Goddess Coyolxauhqui and compares it to the condition of contemporary women by blending contemporary, indigenous based and aerial dance, music, text and video.

"Coyolxauhqui ReMembers" reinterprets the myth of the Moon Goddess and her brother, the War God, from a feminist perspective through four stories: Coyolxauhqui as a young woman whose dreams haunt her; a Brazilian professional woman who battles the voice of self-empowerment; an immigrant who re-assembles herself through plastic surgery and fashion; and a young Mexican maquilladora (factory) worker who meets her fate in Juárez, where more than 300 women have been murdered during the last 10 years.

Tickets for "Coyolxauhqui ReMembers" are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the Pan American Center Box Office or through Ticket Master.

The Latina Dance Project was founded in 2002 as the rising voice of a new aesthetic in contemporary dance-theater by exploring the unique, dynamic and passionate voices of the hybrid cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the United States. The company's nationally recognized Latina dancers are Licia Perea, Eluza Santos, Juanita Suarez and Eva Tessler.

For more information call (575) 646-2070.