Ritmo—The Latin Beat
Sep 1–3, 2003
This annual festival of rhythm and tap dance is the largest of its kind in the US, and is comprised of concerts, classes, and special events. This is the third year that the MCA will cosponsor the festival. This year’s festival features artists from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico, as well as Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, in a celebration of Ritmo—The Latin Beat. The featured artists for 2003 are Vata Tap, an outstanding Brazilian company making their Chicago debut. Their work Bagaceira means “sugar cane” and is a dance based on ritual farmer dances and celebrations in Brazil’s Northeast—celebrations for rain in the dry land; for food for the next summer. The work uses a range of Brazilian rhythms (baião, cabaçal, maracatu, côco, frevo, embolada, samba, etc.). Each of the three performance evenings is balanced by a different new work based on Latino rhythm dance by Chicago-based artists.