The Slumber of Reason: Dance Presentation Inspired by the Works of Goya
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The last date listed for Slumber of Reason/El Sueno de la Razon was Saturday February 26, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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A fascinating hybridization of dance, theater, video, music (both pre-recorded and sung live), and performance art. The creators of Slumber of Reason take immediate and relentless hold of the audience’s attention." —SoCal.com.
This repeat performance of Latina Dance Theater Project’s critically acclaimed piece, Slumber of Reason/El Suenzo de la Razon is inspired by Los Caprichos by Spanish painter Francisco de Goya.
Enigmatic and controversial, _Los Caprichos _were created in a time of economic crisis and social unrest in Spain. Goya used his art as a powerful weapon to denounce social abuses and superstitions. Los Caprichos was a passionate declaration of his political liberalism and his revulsion towards ignorance and intellectual oppression. deals with such themes as the Spanish Inquisition, the corruption of the church and the nobility, witchcraft, and the stupidity and ignorance of the populace. Its subhuman cast includes witches, goblins, monks, aristocrats, prostitutes, and animals acting like human fools. These characters populate a world on the margins of reason, where no clear boundaries distinguish reality from fantasy. LDTP will use these powerful images to create a new set of modern day “caprichos” exploring contemporary demons that affect our world ranging from the darkest to the most absurdly humorous, including immigration, environmental degradation, racism and technological alienation.
Following Goya’s example, LDTP brandishes humor as a tool of social criticism. A series of ten vignettes explore our contemporary superstitions and social abuses using movement, text (spoken and sung) and haunting video.