MultiTRaC Fall 2004
Merian Soto at Dance Theater Workshop
It is pitch dark. There are outlines of windows reflecting on stage and the tick tock of rain dropping in a bucket. The only thing you hear is the rain, the only thing you see are the shadows until rousingly a delight of music enters the room. The piano plays beautiful heartfelt music like the chipping of a bird. Laid back and relaxed, with music to the ear, electrifying light storms the room as a dancer comes on stage and begins to flaunt the beauty of Latin dance.
Merian Soto kicks off the week of October 20th at Dance Theater Workshop on West 19th Street in Manhattan. The dance begins in such an odd and catchy way, getting the attention of the audience. There are a variety of Latin dance styles that take you to another era. In the first part of this moving performance, Pablo Amores shows his artistic and rhythmical movement, using every part of his body, and quickly grabs your soul. Pablo, an energetic and jaw-dropping performer, uses dance techniques such as hip-hop and modern dance. Dancing to the rhythm and sound of the music and bouncing off raunchy beat, he moves freely around the small stage bouncing, waltzing, shifting, giving everything he's got and controlling the stage with his non-stop energy proving that he can dance for an hour, a day or a lifetime!
Marion Ramirez, lying on the bench upstage, suddenly awakens to join Pablo in this salsa fest. They move fantastically together, hugging each other, to the ballad on the piano. They use unique forms of movement and spin dizzily with dazzle. Noemi Segarra enters in a purple lacy dress that shows her stunning body. She dances with sexual tension as if the floor was the object of her desire and moves angrily and wildly, revealing the sensual side of the dance. Marion Ramirez also shows the sexual side of the dance during her performance in a music box, doing ballet and eventually stripping like an innocent child gone bad.
By the end of the dance, we have witness Latin dance enraged with salsa to bring alive centuries of culture on one small stage. The performance brightens the heart, allowing us to remember the long lost years of wonderfully different Latin dance. It is not how much is put in the performance, or how good the performance was, it is remnants of a culture, bringing dreams alive even in a theater with a capacity of no more than a couple hundred people. The experience of witnessing such a delightful and joyful performance shows that you don't have to go to Broadway to see the best show or biggest dreams happening onstage.