It’s all about goddesses and female archetypes during Pomegranate Studios’ 19th annual dance production “Invaders of the Heart 2017: Ascendance of Athena” on June 23 and 24 at the James. A. Little Theater.
Studio founder, dancer and choreographer Myra Krien says the show is a prayer for peace.
“We’ve never done this theme before,” explains Krien, who established Pomegranate Studios in 1996. “Female archetypes have their own difficulties, just like their male counterparts. The point is that we are all in this together.”
More than a dozen company dancers wear a total of 24 headpieces, some of them quite dramatic, and a large number of costumes that were handmade by Krien specifically for the show.
In addition to ensemble dances are two solos by Krien, an internationally known Middle Eastern dancer who has been featured in Dance Magazine and on PBS television. Max Krien, a 16-year old student at Desert Academy, accompanies his mother on hand drums and guitar during one of the dances.
Special guest dancer Tiffany Madera, a.k.a. “Hanan,” also presents two solos. “Tiffany organized the very first bellydancing festival in Havana in 2016,” Krien says. “We’re so delighted to have her perform with us.”
On Thursday, June 22 at 7 pm. in the James. A. Little Theater, Pomegranate Studios hosts a free screening of a documentary film that chronicles Madera’s 2003 journey to Cuba that led to the formation of Cuba’s first Arabic bellydancing troupe.