Part Theatre, Part Dance, Part Musical
Sydney Sacred Music Festival returns to Riverside with this vibrant and energetic concert inspired by Afro-Uruguayan music and culture. A fusion of theatre, music, dance, visuals and the drumming artform of Candombe.
Balthazar, known to be one of the three wise men (magical kings) of biblical origins as well as the African god Eleggua (the joker), is the story-teller and protagonist, showing the way, creating crossroads and provoking outcomes, enticing man’s natural nomadic and social nature, non-judgmentally facilitating the path, where ever it may lead…
The journey of humanity itself starts in Africa, as does this story; the telling of an identity of musical people of European, Indigenous-American and African descent, that has fused into a single culture and its main musical offspring the UNESCO recognised drumming artform that is, “Candombe”.
The central theme is cultural syncretism, the ultimate form of integration. Through musical and physical (dance) communication, Balthazar becomes the catalyst of this story of migration and cultural fusion, which results in the hybrid that is “Candombe”.
The lively dynamics of the Candombe and its inception, is the platform from which this journey grows, one in a myriad of stories of cultural survival, integration and ultimately, birth of a new communal awareness.
Part theatre, part musical with stunning dance and visuals, Balthazar, fuses many genres, styles and artistic fields, as much as “Candombe” itself is a conglomerate of many musical cultures.
Come and be part of a unique sacred journey!
Image by: Gerrie Mifsud
Dates & Times:
Saturday 2 September 7:30pm
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Mariu Meneses Betervide
Dancer, Choreographer, Costume Designer
Mariú is a passionate and explosive Afro Latin Dancer, choreographer and costume designer. She has been performing and teaching for over 10 years both locally and overseas in various genres and styles. Her practice is focussed on her native Afro Uruguayan discipline; “Candombé ” but her knowledge extends to Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Hip-Hop, Dance Hall, Reggaeton, Mexican Dances and Latin American dances with African Roots.
Paula do Prado
Paula’s art practice engages with textiles, collage, painting, soft objects and text. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, do Prado emigrated to Australia in 1986. Her work explores identity in relation to authenticity, privilege and belonging. In particular she draws on her mixed European and Afro-Uruguayan heritage to investigate the politics of experience as a migrant living on stolen land. Intertwining past and present, notions of home and away, real and imagined, her work often uses the decorative including pattern, colour and texture to create multiple layers of meaning.
Choreographer Director of Plonova Dance Company
Daniela is inspired by the creation, composition and fusion of different techniques and styles of artistic movement, such as contemporary dance, ballet and urban dance; where improvisation and acting also play into the dancer’s role to achieve a greater capacity for interpretation complemented by music and scenography.
Daniela began her career as a professional dancer in the National Ballet of Colombia, with whom he melts into his art for 3 years. As an interpreter, she has stood out through her versatility, commanding knowledge of dance forms including afro, urban dance, ballet, contemporary and typical Latin rhythms.
During her experience as a dancer, she has participated in national and international festivals such as Festival Distrital de Danza Urbana y Danza Contemporánea (Colombia 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Festival Fadau (Costa Rica 2011), Danza en la Ciudad (Colombia 2013), and Hip Hop International (Colombia 2013).
Owing to her specialty in contemporary dance, Daniela continues developing a deep physical and theoretical investigation of this technique, discovering new discussions and tendencies of contemporary. Studying workshops of renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe (through company dancer Riley Watts, Sydney 2015), Vladimir Rodríguez (Bogotá 2014), Cunningham Technique with Cedric Andriux (dancer of Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, México City 2013), Iñaki Azpillaga (Vandekeybus Company Belgium, Bogotá 2013), Moving Air with Cristina Baquerizo (Quito 2011), among other exponents of contemporary dance.
As a Choreographic Director of Plonova Dance, Daniela has created and presented numerous works each with different dramatic formats where theatre also plays a fundamental role in the scene along-side dance
In 2015 Daniela relocated to Australia , and in the past year she have taught a contemporary workshop at Ready Made Works, attended a 2 week intensive at Chunky Works, have created independent projects for her business Zambrano-Zambrano, and travelled to Cuba studying modern Cuban techniques at Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (company).
Composer, Singer/Songwriter, Musician
Ney started young, directing his first band in Australia at 15 years of age, now, over 30 years later with many projects, albums and journeys under his belt, he is more than qualified to fuse all his knowledge and experience into this project which was born from his passion for history.
Songwriting with many artists around the world, performing in many genres and directing a plethora of musical projects, Ney is back in Sydney to oversee “Balthazar”, a daring project which will push the boundaries of genres.