Choreography: Hernando Cortez (1999)
Music: Afro-Celtic Sound System, Dead Can Dance*
Original Lighting: Chenault Spence
Costumes: Edward Sylvia
World Premiere: 1999, Cortez & Co. Contemporary/Ballet
Limelight Theater, New York, New York
Set to the Afro-Celt Sound System and other contemporary World Music artists, the company’s new signature piece unifies folk and vernacular dances from around the world in an athletic hybrid of movement styles, including Indian traditional, Irish reels, and African rituals. The cross-cultural fusion also incorporates “Tinikling,” the authentic Filipino folk dance in which dancers step between clapping poles.*”Saor/Free/News From Nowhere,” performed by Afro-Celt Sound System, written/composed by Ronan Cormac Brown, published by EMI Virgin Songs Inc. (BMI); “Whirl-y-reel 1,” performed by Afro-Celt Sound System, written/composed by Simon Daniel Emmerson and James McNally, published by EMI Virgin Songs Inc. (BMI)Original production of Planet Soup was created with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Née Dance Company, and Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.