Friday, April 13 @ 8.30pm
Highways continues its commitment to developing and presenting new work by emerging, mid-career, and established local Latina/o Artists with its Latina/o Works Series .
This first installment of 2012 features choreographer Rosanna Tavarez’s The Longest Distance , an evening-length work that looks at the fundamental human desire for connection to the self and to others. Merging contemporary dance, earthy, organic tango, and live music that reimagines American and Latin popular songs, The Longest Distance moves on a journey towards the intimate and the visceral.
Rosanna Tavarez recently received her graduate degree from The Ohio State Department of Dance. As a fellowship student she received several university grants to travel to New York to study with noted contemporary choreographers Bebe Miller, Stephen Petronio and Tere O’Connor. One grant allowed her to travel to her parent’s native Dominican Republic to research Afro-Dominican dance and music for her thesis project. Two years ago she discovered the magic of tango and continues to investigate its intricacies and mysteries. Rosanna has a varied background as a performer/entertainer having danced for Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Ryan Heffington, and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide, toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars as a television personality. She is also signed as songwriter with Warner Chappell Music. She finds endless inspiration in the art of music and dance and in the talents of her friends who are eternal muses to her creativity.