Contemporary dancer-choreographer Blanca Li and Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Maria Alexandrova conjure mythological figures in a new evening-length work that has its US premiere at City Center. Drawing on Greek mythology and the contrasting languages of classical ballet and contemporary dance, Li and Alexandrova explore the dual nature of femininity, transforming into archetypes ranging from nurturing mothers to femme fatales.
“Blanca Li is angular and commanding. Maria Alexandrova is a force of nature.”
–Financial Times, UK
An Opening Night VIP Package is also available for $290.
VIP Package includes:
-Reserved priority seating for the Opening Night performance on March 30th
-Invitation to a champagne reception with Blanca Li and Maria Alexandrova after the show.
To reserve VIP seats please contact Marysella Castillo (before March 20th) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blanca Li: Goddesses & Demonesses
About the Artists
Choreographed by Blanca Li
Performed by Blanca Li and Maria Alexandrova
Music by Tao Gutierrez
Set Design by Pierre Attrait
Video by Charles Carcopino
Lighting Design by Caty Olive
Costumes courtesy of Azzedine Alaïa, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, and Sophie Theallet
BLANCA LI arrived in Paris in 1992 as a young Spanish dancer full of refreshing post-movida energy. She founded her own contemporary dance company in 1993 and has since created more than 30 shows, characterized by the provocative fusion of eclectic styles, cultures, and disciplines. Her works include Macadam Macadam (1999), which mixed hip-hop dancers, skateboarders, and BMX on a half-pipe ramp; Treemonisha (2010), a Scott Joplin opera for the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris; and Robot (2013) starring NAO, the smart robot invented by Aldebaran. She has created choreography for musicians such as Beyoncé, Daft Park, Paul McCartney, and Kylie Minogue; and filmmakers such as Pedro Almodovar, Michel Gondry, and Andrei Konchalovsky. Ms. Li has directed three documentaries and two movie musicals. Her work has appeared at the Paris National Opera, the Theater of Champs Elysées, the Metropolitan Opera, and BAM.
MARIA ALEXANDROVA was born in Moscow in 1978. She entered the Bolshoi Ballet in 1997, was promoted to a soloist in 1998, and became an étoile in 2004. Several roles have been created for her, including Jeanne in The Flames of Paris (2008), Swanilda in Coppélia (2009), and the title role in Esmeralda (2009). She has toured with the Bolshoi Ballet in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ms. Alexandrova won the 2004 Golden Mask Award for Best Dancer and was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation in 2009; it is the highest distinction for Russian artists.
“Blanca Li is angular and commanding. Maria Alexandrova is a force of nature. For much of the piece, Li and Alexandrova share the stage, one in white and the other in black, mirroring each other’s movements. They appear as shadow silhouettes, striking Egyptian-inspired poses, behind masks, leaning sensually on chairs, in Isadora Duncan-like flowing dresses. They share a beguiling androgynous quality.” –Financial Times, UK
“A triumph! The show reaches its pinnacle when Blanca Li performs a solo beautifully inspired by Loie Fuller and the gestures of toreadors, with an immense red dress flying around her.” –Le Figaro, France
“Goddesses & Demonesses is about the contrast between two singular artists. The Spanish dancer Blanca Li burns up the stage with her very presence….Far from the stereotype of the ethereal ballet dancer, Maria Alexandrova shows the same stage charisma, with excellent classical technique.” –The Huffington Post