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Andanza Universitaria Tour

The award-winning contemporary dance ensemble Andanza, presented their stage productions at various institutions from the University of Puerto Rico. The Andanza Universitaria Tour was presented on March and April 2009. The show performed under the artistic direction of Puerto Rican choreographer and dancer Lolita Villanúa.

The idea of two coexistent universes and the possibility of a harmonic collision between them was the main concept from the overall show. The opening integrated live and pre-recorded parts of dancers on motion. The program featured acts such as Hora Pico, Viñetas, and Fuímonos.

The uniqueness of the company brings together modern dance elements with the traditional ballet feel                (Photo courtesy of Noticampus, UPR-Rio Piedras Campus Website)
The uniqueness of the company brings together modern dance elements with the traditional ballet feel
(Photo courtesy of Noticampus, UPR-Rio Piedras Campus Website)

In Hora Pico, a critical piece inspired on the estranged and stressed-life of the contemporary society, dancers created collective compositions with synchronic movements. With Viñetas, Andanza's imaginative set designs enhanced powerful choreography by incorporating wood blocks on the stage. Fuímonos, choreographed by Villanúa, consisted of Caribbean and tropical movements, and whimsically vibrant colors.

Andanza was founded in 1998, by Villanúa with fellow dancers and friends María Teresa Robles, Director of Educational Programs and choreographer Carlos Iván Santos. The Dance Company and School is a full-time business with forty professional dancers employed. Andanza, also has an important social, educational, and artistic mission, which includes classes, scholarships, weekly workshops at underprivileged communities (project "Danza con Andanza", or "Dance with Andanza"), free tickets to its shows, and free presentations.

In Viñetas, Andanza's imaginative set designs enhance powerful choreography by incorporating wood blocks on the stage. (Photo courtesy of Noticampus, UPR-Rio Piedras Campus Website)
In Viñetas, Andanza's imaginative set designs enhance powerful choreography by incorporating wood blocks on the stage.
(Photo courtesy of Noticampus, UPR-Rio Piedras Campus Website)

The tour include visits to UPR-Humacao (March 24), UPR-Cayey (March 25), UPR-Arecibo (March 26) and UPR-Rio Piedras Campus (April 1). The Andanza Universitaria Tour was part of the UPR Cultural Program 2008-09.





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