Revealed, world premiere at the Moves After Dark dance festival at The Music Center in Los Angeles, California. The choreography was designed for and performances were held on the grand staircase inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Choreography by Shelby Williams-Gonzaléz
In Viver Brasil’s timely mythical narrative, three all-powerful wives of Xangô step beyond the archetype: Iansã, warrior goddess of the winds and ancestral world who possesses the ability to sever the life line; Oxum, queen of the sweet waters, protector of children, beauty and the essence of self-love; and Oba, robust hunter goddess of the earth, symbol of renewal and independence -- remove their crowns and test their powers as mothers and activists responding to the very real human demands in the face of current racially charged violence, the senseless dying of black and brown youth. What of a goddess’ fragility? Where does her true strength live? And what of the divine queens, Nanã, who cares for the fallen spirits, and Iemanja, the ever present mother nurturer? The vitality of ancient wisdom, a story of strength, truth, courage and humanity, stands Revealed.