photo by Sallie DeEtte Mackie

 An evening-length dance theater piece for ten performers, Aura is inspired by, and based on, Carlos Fuentes’ novella of the same name. Two artists-- Rosanna Gamson, artistic director of Rosanna Gamson World Wide , Los Angeles, and Cecilia Appleton, artistic director of Contradanza, Mexico City-- explore the duality of culture, language, identity and movement implicit in the text. Choreographed and directed by Gamson and Appleton, and developed in collaboration with the performers, Aura is performed by five dancers from each company as a dual-layered interpretation of Fuentes’ story of inner and outer self. The piece was developed simultaneously in Mexico and the United States and premiered in Mexico City in 2004, at Teatro de la Danza del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and in Los Angeles at REDCAT in 2005.

Most of the highlights of this year’s [TBA] festival reflected [an] emphasis on crossing borders between disciplines.  “Aura,” a ravishing collaboration between Los Angeles-based Rosanna Gamson/World Wide and Mexico City’s Contradanza, turned a Carlos Fuentes short story into an erotic fever dream that merged dance, theater, music and literature.”

--The Wall Street Journal