Reflecting Santa Monica College’s (SMC) water theme for its Global Citizenship Initiative, FolklÛrico de SMC-Global Motion, the world dance company, will present the performance “Water” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th in the Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St.
The program will feature traditional and contemporary dance styles from throughout the world, including African, Spanish flamenco, East Indian folk, lyrical jazz, Indonesian, international ballroom, French ballet, U.S. hip hop and tap, Latin salsa, Chinese, Thai, Brazilian capoeira, Persian and Mexican dance (Yucat·n, Veracruz and Baja Norte).
The water theme, which has been adopted for 2009-10 for SMC’s Global Citizenship Initiative, will be reflected in several dances, a Folklorico de SMC spokesperson said.
The Thai dance piece is called “Long Nam Nan: A Journey through Nan River,” and the Mexican dance from the Yucat·n reflects the region’s people’s respect for water’s power as a “life-giving and life-taking natural force,” the spokesperson said. The Chinese piece depicts seaweed and its life cycle.
FolklÛrico de SMC-Global Motion is directed by Raquel Ramirez, Sri Susilowati and Judith Douglas. Faculty choreographers are Laila Abdullah, Argelia Andrade, Crystal Calvillo, Laura Canellias, Angela Jordan, Sonny Perry, Sri Susilowati and Steve Zee.
The guest choreographers are Jade Gao, Waewdao Sirisook, Eric Neff and Shida Pegahi. Student choreographers include Ashley Bentley, Mayuri Bhandari and Ashley Caldwell.
FolklÛrico de SMC has toured extensively throughout Mexico and California for more than 16 years at schools, festivals and special events.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for senior citizens and SMC students with ID. Parking is free.
For tickets, www.smc.edu/eventsinfo/, or (310) 434-3000. For more information, (310) 434-3467.