x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

International dance styles get a little Latin flavour

From the organisers of the World Tango Championships in Colombia comes the new show Tripudium in Dubai this week, which references dances from Bollywood to China.

Performers from the Columbia- and Dubai-based BNF dance company light up the stage. Its new show celebrates global dance traditions with Latin elements. Courtesy BNF
Performers from the Columbia- and Dubai-based BNF dance company light up the stage. Its new show celebrates global dance traditions with Latin elements. Courtesy BNF

The Colombia- and Dubai-based BNF Dance Company is bringing its show Tripudium to Dubai this week, featuring an all-Colombian line-up, some of whom are flying in especially.

"The word tripudium means 'dance' in Latin and it was fitting because I wanted to create a show that was a tribute to dance," says BNF's general manager Eider Rua Giraldo.

A band from Colombia will be playing live on stage for the 28 dancers during each of the 11 scheduled acts, which celebrate the most famous dance forms from various countries. The show includes Latin mixed with Arabic music and hip-hop as well as traditional Chinese and Bollywood dances. Some of the acts also feature acrobatics and video projections.

BNF organises the annual World Tango Championship in Colombia and Giraldo says it is their job to be familiar with global dance traditions.

The show, he adds, is not just for those who like music from South America or are dance enthusiasts - its main objective is to increase interest in dance. "People ask us: How do you dance in Dubai? And they are always impressed with the routines we bring. We always tell them the city is very open, but of course we always perform what is within our limits because we respect the culture," says Giraldo.

"The stage itself will be split into four levels, with the dancers at the top and the band below them," he continues. "The most important thing is to provide entertainment of the same level as Cirque du Soleil. It is very powerful and energetic. We do not just use a typical Bollywood or Arabic act - we mix it up with something different for the audience.

"Our job is to be experienced in different rhythms. We are very open and do not stick to the traditional. We take risks," he says.

Tripudium runs from today until Wednesday, 8pm, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Tickets cost Dh150 to Dh175 and are available at www.timeouttickets.com

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