Dzul Dance: The Last Mayan King
Javier Dzul has one of the most impressive and exotic resumes in modern dance. He grew up in the jungles of southern Mexico performing Mayan ritual dance until the age of 16 when he became the last king of his Mayan tribe. He then left his home, becoming a principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico before he went to Ballet Nacional de Cuba. From there he got a scholarship to study with Martha Graham and danced with the company, also working with Pearl Lang and Alvin Ailey.
Along the way he learned and performed aerial work. That, along with the Mayan history, the influences of modern dance legends is traced on his remarkable body and in the vastly rich physical vocabulary he draws upon in his extraordinary work. His choreography exudes a sinewy, sinuous muscularity befitting Mayan royalty.
The Last Mayan King channels the ferocity and grandeur of Mayan culture and Dzul’s own trajectory. Despite the ravages of the conquistadores, Mayan culture never vanished and remains thrillingly alive onstage in Dzul’s work.
Read the Broadway World interview with Javier Dzul about this upcoming world premiere of The Last Mayan King.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 2:00PM
Tea and Talk: Mayan Culture and Ritual Dance
The Morris Museum is a member of the The Arts and Culture Collaborative, formed in 2017 as an organization of civic, cultural and educational leaders who have collectively agreed to undertake projects that benefit the arts, culture and citizens of Morris County. LatinX Conexiones is their inaugural project encompassing an interdisciplinary exploration of the arts and culture of Latinx artists and communities.
The Last Mayan King is one of the many events that is part of LatinX Connexiones. Get a full list of all the events.
Image Credit Top: Dzul Dance, courtesy of the artist.
Dzul Dance in Rehearsal video by Erica Phiansunthon.
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