As a dancer with Stephen Petronio and others in New York in the 80’s, David Zambrano excelled in the body-flinging, free-flowing but precise way of moving that grew out of release technique and contact improvisation to create a new kind of virtuosity. As a Latino (he’s Venezuelan) he was a rarity on the downtown dance scene.
Since then Zambrano built an international career as a dance-maker and teacher based in Amsterdam, but he hasn’t appeared in the U.S. outside of NYC. Now the Miami Light Project has brought Zambrano and his multi-national troupe to Miami as part of his first U.S. tour. The David Zambrano troupe, hailing from Mozambique, Slovenia, Greece, Slovakia, the U.S. and Venezuela, will perform The Soul Project at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Set to classic soul songs from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Ike and Tina Turner, the dancers emerge from the audience and move around the Light Box space in virtuoso solos (Zambrano is revered as a teacher, developing a technique he calls “flying low” where he plays with momentum and velocity to achieve uplift you can’t get from muscle alone). If you’re watching you get to move around and get up close (not too close) to drink in the movement as deeply as you wish. Sounds like being at an old school dance party where the dancers you’d stand still in a circle to watch are really, really good. In an era when much contemporary dance is more about ideas and breaking up concepts of performance than dancing and movement, such love of juicy, full-tilt, soul-filled physicality is welcome.
Shows are 8pm Friday and Saturday at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33127. Tickets $25, or $15 Students & Seniors at the door, or at miamilightproject.com or 866.811.4111.