Mojalet embarks on European tour
By Emily Sorensen
Mojalet Dance Collective, located at The Vine Theater in the Bernardo Winery, will be holding a local presentation and preview of their upcoming European tour Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4.
Mojalet has been touring Europe annually since 2005, mostly with founder Faith Jensen-Ismay and a few accompanying dancers, and once, in 2006, with their full company. This year, seven dancers, including Jensen-Ismay, will be performing in four cities in Europe in their “On the Move” tour from Tuesday, Nov. 13 to Monday, Nov. 26.
“It’s crazy, it’s so great,” said Jensen-Ismay. “It’s evolved into something bigger than we anticipated.” Jensen-Ismay and her fellow dancers will be performing in the cities of Zurich, Olten and Lugano in Switzerland, and in Konatanz, Germany. “All our shows will be in nice theater venues,” said Jensen-Ismay, who noted that they would be performing for two nights in Germany.
The dancers will be touring with a Swiss percussion group called “Rhythm Talk,” who will provide live music for Mojalet’s shows in Europe. “What’s so significant about our show is the relationship with the Swiss musicians we’ve developed,” said Jensen-Ismay. “It’s a huge connection for us, having a consistent and ongoing relationship. It’s fun, despite the language barrier.”
In addition to performing in Europe, the Mojalet dancers, including Jensen-Ismay, will be putting on workshops for locals and in Zurich, will be putting on an educational workshop for teachers to show how to integrate the arts and movement into primary and secondary classrooms. “The Swiss don’t have a lot of extracurriculars in their schools, like dancing,” said Jensen-Ismay.
The preview performance Jensen-Ismay and her troupe will be putting on before they leave won’t be an exact replica of their European show. “The show here will be a combo of some new work, and the dances we will perform on tour,” said Jensen-Ismay, who also noted that the music won’t be the final tour music, as it is still being tweaked.
Still, the show will be an excellent representation of their theme for this tour, collaborations. “Most of the work we’re performing, thematically, is how in the midst of conflict, we make positive connections with people,” said Jensen-Ismay.
The choreography of the show also reflects this theme. “It’s significant to showing what we are as a company,” said Jensen-Ismay. “It’s about building up, not breaking down. I want to recognize that there are beautiful people and places in our world, and our community, despite what we go through.”
After the show at The Vine, the audience can enjoy a free reception, where they can ask questions, and enjoy food, drink and videos of past events Mojalet Dance Collective has held with Rhythm Talk.
Tickets are $20, price includes admission to the performance and the post performance receptions.
The Vine Theater, Mojalet’s Place for the Arts is located at the Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano, Rancho Bernardo. For more information, call 858 243-1402 or visit www.mojalet.com.
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