Carmenita first debuted in 2014 as part of the collaborated production Intersections. It was funny, tantalizing, and very entertaining. This year however, Annielille Gavino, dancer, choreographer, and creator of Malaya Works debuted her second version of over the weekend, and this is definitely one to watch out for.
Presented at Dogtown Dance Theatre as part of the second annual Richmond Dance Festival, Carmenita left the audience and I completely amazed. Not only were the dancers and choreography both impressive, but the story behind the production is what left some in tears by the end.
Carmenita expresses the real life experience of the choreographer’s sexual abuse during her early childhood. Gavino initially formulated the production for a dancer, but this year she steps into the red dress, addressing “her” as “I” as she tells her personal story.
Gavino knows emotion, and who better to tell her story through this complex and extraordinary character.
The evolution of this production was extremely captivating. A young and happy girl sets the stage as the performance transitions to her crippling sexual abuse, to an emotionally struggling woman represented by a spicy and frantic Carmenita. The production finishes strong with the perseverance of a survivor, and a very brave and talented local artist.
Gavino will give you the artistic experience of a life time as Carmenita unearths one’s most basic and intense emotion.
The production was endearing, powerful, and unbelievably heartbreaking. It’s tragedy was gripping and masterfully translated. The combination of Gavino’s narrative along with her simplistic movements, intense emotion, and exceptional creativity are what make Carmenita a true work of art one must experience.
Nicole has been dancing since early childhood and can't get enough. You can find her salsa dancing at Havana 59 or tango dancing at the Vmfa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from VCU and strives to keep the arts alive! She loves all things lavender, pugs, and crisp weather.
The annual Richmond Dance Festival is a three-weekend event, held between April 21 and May 6 this year, which highlights live dance performances, live musicians, and screens the work of film dance artists. Located in the historic Manchester district of Richmond, Dogtown Dance Theater invites both local and national dance artists to submit their performances [...]