I had the greatest pleasure of being able to see a Matinee by dance company by the name ‘Cerqua Rivera Dance Company’. A dance company with its focus on the arts such as dance, music and even visual arts. I had a great opportunity to see the showcase at the Logan center for the Arts on May 2, 2018. With all honesty I believed that this show would introduce a very diverse dance group of young individuals. The great news is that it delivered with a very diverse group with smooth choreography and music development over the ages.
In the show they will say that the dances shown are based on the evolution of jazz and the blues throughout the years. Each costume matched the dance and time period of each song. Each movement is lively and smooth. They were able to incorporate other things such as their breathing and creating sounds into their performance. The lighting changed throughout the performance. Whether it was dependent on the emotions conveyed or the different time periods of each dance. Their movement was very smooth and great at conveying emotion through the movements of their bodies. They were able to stay in sync and almost perfect awareness of each other’s bodies and placement. The dancing was very lively and was able to show the change in the dances over the ages. Even being able to get so many young children to interact with the dancers on stage and even learn some of the dances that were shown such as Merengue and Salsa was fun.
The feeling portrayed during the immigrant’s segment of the story was able to show strong emotion while telling the story of a struggle. I was able to connect with the audience, by also making them think critically of the show and experience the feelings. This performance was one for me to always remember. Due to the way all the dancers were able to express such emotion. It was just beautiful. Richard’s solo at the very end caused you to think. What made him happy that caused him to laugh? What was so sad that caused him to scream? So, it causes you to think about the past performances and how they link up. This performance really reminded me of how the dreamers or immigrants who fought so hard to come here and find a better life for their families that were being treated horribly. By a country that was built by immigrants this performance shows just how much immigrants have impacted our lives and the things we do.
I truly believe that this performance has one of the greatest meanings that people don’t understand. But there’s one thing that I feel was not made clear. The connection between the immigrant piece at the end and the jazz, and the blues pieces that came before them. Mainly because immigration and other cultures is what effects music and the way that it is revolutionized here in America. But other than the unclear message I believe that the show was great and beautiful. This show made me feel so many emotions such as sad, happy, energized, confused and even mesmerized because of how emotional some of the dances were. It made me so happy to see a show acknowledging the fact that immigrants have changed the course of most music even create it to this day it still exists and that makes me truly happy.