"In the new “Villa,” set to music by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, one such move involves a heel swivel that sends a tiny shudder through the whole body, followed by a sideways head bob. The work’s five women, joined by Jordan Dodson on guitar, perform this in almost militaristic unison, achieving a delicate serious-silly balance. Their expressions, though subdued, aren’t blank, suggesting plans being hatched or emotions slyly stowed away, just beneath the surface." - Siobhan Burke, The New York Times

A work for five female dancers and classic spanish guitar, Villa is performed to the following music of Heitor Villa-Lobos: Twelve Etudes, No. 3; Five Preludes, No. 1 in E Minor; Twelve Etudes, No. 1: Anime; Twelve Etudes, No. 6: Un Peu Anime; Suite Populaire Bresilienne, Mazurka-Choro; Twelve Etudes, No. 2: Tres Anime; Twelve Etudes, No. 6: Un Peu Anime; Suite Populaire Bresilienne, Choros No. 1.

Premiere: June 17, 2016
Brookfield Place
River to River Festival,  New York, NY

Villa was co-commissioned by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Arts Brookfield and developed as part of LMCC's Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was presented as part of the River To River Festival 2016.

John Heginbotham

5 dancers, 1 musician

Music : 
Heitor Villa-Lobos

Lighting Design:
Nicole Pearce

Costume Design: 
Maile Okamura

Run Time: 
20 minutes

Photos by Amber Star Merkens