It takes courage to dance in front of a group of spectators, judging your every move. Yet, ArasDance has arrived in DC to let their presence be known, dancing gracefully and fluidly. In We’ve Come to Play, the dance troupe of five women provide ten contemporary performances that were well received by the audience.
Out of the ten, five stood out in particular. Award-winning Abuelo’s Requiem, is absolutely beautiful. Walking out in gray dresses, Sarah Herrera (artistic director,) Emily Louise Lynn (dancer,) Erin Massie (dancer,) and Rachel Turner (dancer) divide into pairs to express the solemnness felt when someone you love so deeply dies. Soft touches expressing understanding, compassion, and comfort flow freely. Although there is sorrow, the ability to release the pain through movement is evident by the end.
Saying Goodbye, performed solely by Massie, is gripped with emotion. Strewn Kleenex litter the stage and as she enters her bright orange leotard contrasts sharply with what is actually happening. Her agony is raw, and is relatable. Streamlined in her movements, it is breathtaking, succinct, and impactful.
We’ve Come to Play
Conceived by Sara Herrera
at Lang – Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Herrera did a phenomenal job of letting the other women shine, providing those with solos. However, in 1 a.m. Scarefest Herrera shines brightly. Insomnia, nightmares, and reoccurring images. The intense battle to overcome being trapped by these demons is something that has woken us all up in the middle of the night.
Although this is the first mention of Xavaire Bolton (dancer) she definitely was an integral part of the production. This is evident in Tri (Work in Progress). As the ladies appear in workout gear they tire themselves by continuously moving until they cannot move any longer.
With We’ve Come to Play, ArasDance is moving in the right direction.