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Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
June 16-17 | Reynolds Industries Theater
Devotion

Please note: the evening’s program contains nudity
and haze.


Performers
Luciano Cortes      Victoria Mora      Katie Stirman
Britney Tokumoto      Leah Verier-Dunn

Understudy
Cecelia Benitez

Guest Performers/Community Choir
ShaLeigh Dance Works under the artistic
direction of ShaLeigh Comerford
shaleighdanceworks.com

Featuring
Marco Antonio Orellana-Portillo
ShaLeigh Comerford    Mauri Connors
Andrea Didisheim    Hannah Marr    Liz Sanford
Myra Weise    Jessica Wooten
Matthew Young    Parker MacIntyre

Stage Manager
Luisa Buitrago

Lighting Designer
David Ferri

Company Manager
Britney Tokumoto

Original Costume Design
Gerardo Pilatti and Kikimora Fashion

Costume Supervisor
Gerardo Pilatti

Original Bodysuits by
Kikimora Fashion

Thought Partner
Katherine Dubois

Sound Editing
Ross LaBrie


Special Thank You
Beth Boone, Gerardo Pilatti, Olga Saretsky, George Echevarria, Emma Pfaeffle, TAME Dance Academy, Young Arts Miami, Simon Thomas-Train, Ivonne Batnero, Rayne Raney and the students and staff at the University of Reno who helped in the research of this material as a part of our film collaboration Encanto. They include Abigail Rosen, Hanna Walkinshaw, Cheyenne Baker, Maria De la Puente, Dwight Jones, Cameron Mauer, Andrew Paiz, Sarah Ziolkowski, Geri Wachtel, Corrine Undercoffer, Forrest Airola, Ada Pilatti, Gustavo Gabriel Ruiz, and Kendra Bell.

 

About Devotion

Devotion is the third and final work in a trilogy of dances that use religious iconography as a way to explore themes of love. It aims to delve into cultural attitudes related to intimacy and celebrity worship and specifically how we navigate intimacy in relationship to technology. Reimagining technology as an equalizing force that is not yet colonized, and that oftentimes stands in opposition to nature, Devotion continues the research of the other works within the trilogy, Carne Viva and Make Believe, by deconstructing iconography of the Catholic Church as a way to bridge the gap between these symbols and their contemporary counterparts. This work aims to dissect our contemporary attitudes about faith and cast a more reverent eye on the rituals that we already engage in.

About the Company

Since its discovery in 2009 by Charles Reinhart after the premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (RHDT) has quickly become a beloved fixture in the contemporary arts scene in Miami. With a whirlwind success that has taken them from sold-out performances at the prestigious American Dance Festival (ADF), The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, and The Baryshnikov Arts Center NYC, the company's unique aesthetic and commitment to rigorous collaboration has gained them a cult following. 

Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, RHDT has had the privilege of performing several ADF-commissioned pieces and premiering them at the festival as well enjoying unprecedented success in Miami. Their NYC premiere of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret was said by Kayt MacMaster of BroadwayWorld.com to be “so innovative, searing and disturbing…” that it warranted “repeat viewings…” and their NYC premiere of Dining Alone was hailed by Deborah Jowitt as “earthy, poetic and beyond dada imaginative.”

Funding Credits

The 2022 ADF Season is made possible through the generous support of the SHS Foundation, Duke University, The North Carolina Arts Council, The Shubert Foundation, and City of Durham.

 



Devotion
 by Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by The Miami Light Project. 

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre performances at ADF are funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.