This new piece for 7 dancers is an evening length multi-media dance theatre work conceived and choreographed by Nejla Yatkin. Original music is composed by Iranian American composer Shamou and Video Design is by Patrick Lovejoy.
Oasis is centered on a juxtaposition between the desert and the oasis. Similar to mystical realism in literature, the piece exists in multiple realities - magical elements blend seamlessly with the real world meaning that the "real" and the "fantastic" exist in the same stream of thought.
Through the prism of desert/oasis and magical/real, the piece explores issues of identity, veiling, torture and spirituality, moving through what is familiar; what is imagined or mythical, what is actual; what is out of the Middle East and what is inside it. The desert can be experienced as beautiful and exotic even as it is harsh and potentially lethal. The Oasis is an almost dreamlike element, just the idea of which sustains life--even in its most vulnerable state.
Against/with/for one another the two exist, in tension as well as in tandem- moving back and forth.
June 6th, 7th, 8th, 2013 Festival Internacional de Danza Nueva in Lima, Peru
June 9th-13th, 2013 performances in Trujillo, Peru
July 12th, 13th, 2013 Bates Dance Festival in Maine
July 27th and 28th, 2013 Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York: Tickets get here
August 19th, 2013 as part of the Millennium Stage presenting program performance will be held in the Family Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
October 31st to November 4th, 2013 at the Storefront Theatre in Chicago in the Cultural Center of Chicago.
December 9th to the 16th in New Orleans at the Civic Theatre as part of the National Performance Network Conference