(Hamilton, NY – Nov. 2012) Life Is A Train Station appears exclusively at The Palace Theater in Hamilton on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Fresh from Canada and Europe, Thiago Vasquez performs with Yana Maizel for a breathtakingly mystical dance and music production.
Life Is A Train Station was conceived and choreographed by Yana with musical composition, direction, guitar and voice by Thiago. Written as a poem by Marina Tsvetaeva, a 20th century Russian poet, Life Is A Train Station is the starting point for their journey; the road from Russia towards Spain, paved with dreams, nostalgia, hopes, fears and a search for one’s own identity.
The musical production was created by Yana Maizel, actress and flamenco dancer in May 2011 for the Parisian festival Dansons Le Monde and later performed at the Hippocampe Dance Space in Caen, Normandy. It’s a journey between cultures and identities, from Russia to Spain. Immigration to exile, how does one find oneself in another country, another culture? Does searching for one’s own place imply giving up one’s identity or exchanging it for another?
Life Is A Train Station is composed of flamenco dance, theatre and clown.
The texts (some written by Yana Maizel and others taken from the poet Marina Tsvetaeva and the film director Andreï Tarkovsky) are performed in French, English, Spanish and Russian. The dance pieces include The Dream is about a recurring dream returning the dreamer to her grandfather’s house from so long ago. The Corridor is about the road from past to present. Homesickness is a poem by Marina Tsvetaeva, recited by Yana in English and Russian while dancing a Farruca, finds oneself far from home, a foreigner somewhere and everywhere.
Fear / Miedo was written by Yana Maizel, and is recited (as Slam) while repeating a constant Buleria foot rhythm (zapateado) in Spanish and English.My name is not Carmen is Clown Burlesque. “Life would be so much easier if my name were Carmen” explains the clown to the audience. Seguiriya is a traditional flamenco dance, with a twist.
The dance show is 75 minutes long with no intermission.
This is the final production sponsored by Art Zimmer Productions. Visit www.palacetheater.org to learn more about the show.
Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door and are currently available by calling 824.1420. Seating is general admission and first come-first served. The Palace Theater is located at 19 Utica St., Hamilton.