By Jane Dill
Last Dance, an ode to second chances, makes its world premiere in San Miguel de Allende October 21. Written and produced by Sky Yeager, Last Dance is a deeply touching exploration of life, death, and second chances. More than a play, this production is a moving meditation and visceral exploration of themes we all find common, especially here in Mexico as we approach Day of the Dead.
Wed, Oct 21-Sun, Nov 1, 7:30pm
San Miguel Playhouse
Avenida Independencia 82
Yeager’s first play, Body Memories, went from stage to screen in 1994, winning the Gold Plaque Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. Last Dance, his second major work, revolves around Zephon, an angelic being who has come to a turning point in her life, a being whose daily mantra has been: “Follow the path of least resistance. Do what’s expected. Be safe. Stay ordinary.” All of that changes with one thrilling, terrifying, life-affirming leap.
The La Calaca Festival has made Last Dance its sole sponsored theater event for 2015. There are overlapping themes in Yeager’s play and other events within the festival proper, including multidisciplinary explorations of Day of the Dead. This particular time of year with its thinning of the veils between life and death calls us to connect through ritual. The very roots of theater lie in ritual, and Last Dance promises to bring the audience right into the action.
In the lead roles are seasoned performers Jamie Lee Christiana and Kat Macmillan. They have been in pre-rehearsals with acclaimed Mexican butoh performer Diego Piñón and physical theater performer and choreographer John William Johnson.
They are artfully directed by Kate Rowland and costumed by Deborah Bigge. Painter and illustrator Juan Ezcurdia has taken the more surreal elements of Yeager’s work and with set builder Chuck Rubin has translated them into set pieces that will transport you to another world. “In the midst of this symphony of breath and death and growth and voracious appetite, clawing and fighting your way, never giving up, wanting and having to have, defying the odds and the gods … you are simply breathtaking in your stunning innocence and greed and lust for more.”
Comic and just a little unsettling, this dance of life and death follows the irrevocable choices that Zephon makes as she risks it all for a chance to love.
Advance tickets for Last Dance are available at Galeria Izamal, Mesones 80 (415 154 5409) or at the theater door one hour before show time.
The San Miguel Playhouse is located at Avenida Independencia 82, Colonia Independencia, about five minutes from the Jardín by taxi. All seats are reserved. Doors open one hour before performance, with bar service in the lobby seating area. Free secure parking and taxi concierge service are available.