The paintings of Claude Monet are the inspiration behind Compañia Chuscales y Mina Fajardo’s new production “Monet’s Moon,” which is presented September 28-30 at Teatro Paraguas.
“I was little when I saw first Monet’s work in Japan,” explains the show’s choreographer and dancer Mina Fajardo, who was born and grew up in Japan and feels a special connection with Monet’s paintings. “There is so much Japanese influence in his work. Monet even made a Japanese garden with water lilies at his home.”
Fajardo, along with the show’s assistant director and dancer Monze Diaz, has created a dance production that pays homage to the great impressionist painter.
Movements have been choreographed to communicate not only how the dancers feel about Monet’s work but also the artist’s style.
Joining Fajardo and Diaz on stage are dancer Sveta Backhaus, flamenco singer Roberto Zamora and guitarist Eloy Cito Gonzales.
Fajardo, who has trained in flamenco and many other styles of dance including jazz, tap and ballet, has taught at the Maria Benitez Institute for Spanish Arts as well as colleges and schools throughout New Mexico. She has performed in venues around the country and in Japan. In town, audience members have had the opportunity to see her in action at the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Jazz and International Music Festival at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Among Fajardo’s latest projects is the creation of a new CD of songs titled “Dream,” that was released in August. “Dream” features Fajardo as singer/songwriter in collaboration with her husband, guitarist Chuscales.