In a drought-plagued Mad Max-style future, humanity has divided into two warring tribes, both seeking to control the world’s scarce water supply. In this corner we have the flamencos, ready to rhythmically stomp their enemies away from their turf. In the other corner, we have a team of hip-hoppers who will pop, lock and windmill a person into handing over that canteen. This is the scene in Siudy Between Worlds, an off Broadway import that visits the Arsht Center after a 50-show run in New York’s New World Stages.
At the helm of the production is Venezuelan flamenco dancer Siudy Garrido, who considers Miami the perfect venue for such a show. “Miami has been a great inspiration for me and (director) Pablo Croce for this show because it is a city ‘between worlds.’ Miami has different cultures from all over the world and it’s a city that opens its arms.“
A sort of post-apocalyptic West Side Story, Between Worlds presents two star-crossed lovers at the center of feud that plays out on the dance floor with Jesus Orta in charge of the urban choreographic elements and Garrido overseeing the flamenco. Eventually, the tribes will discover a way to coexist. Says Garrido, “We can see how two genres, though they seem very distinct, like flamenco and urban music, find common ground and begin to flow together and create something magical.”
The show is a two-act spectacle of dance and rhythmic fusion. “We create a very interesting union between percussion created by stomping rhythms of flamenco and urban beats,” says Garrido, who has been working with this type of genre-bending for almost a decade and considers this kind of artistic cooperation allegoric.
“It’s incredible in the second act the way we see urban dancers together with flamenco dancers moving to the same rhythms on the same stage and each one keeps their own essence and respect for each other. It makes you think how humanity could try and do the same thing.”