San Diego Union-Tribune Review: ‘Reflections’ on heroism

Reflections’ on heroism Eveoke’s new dance-theater piece celebrates lesser-known women who made a difference in the world

Eveoke Dance Theatre has long celebrated heroic women. One of the earliest, most memorable works by company founder Gina Angelique was “Soul of a Young Girl” (1996), based on Anne Frank’s diary. And a 2003 piece, “Women Rebels,” honored some three dozen local activists.

Eveoke’s current resident choreographer, Ericka Aisha Moore, has continued that tradition. Last season, she created “Las Mariposas,” based on the real-life story of sisters in the Dominican Republic who were murdered in 1960 because of their activism against the dictator Rafael Trujillo.

Selected for this year’s La Jolla Playhouse Resident Theatre Program, Eveoke restaged “Las Mariposas” at the Playhouse in September. And the troupe recently took the show to the Dominican Republic, where it was seen by family members of the murdered women. “The story moved them,” Moore says. “They appreciated the way we told it.”

Like “Las Mariposas,” Moore’s new dance-theater piece, “Reflections,” focuses on women whose heroism is relatively unknown: St. Josephine Bakhita, Rachel Corrie, Henrietta Lacks, Mukhtar Mai, Hannah Szenes, and Michi Nishiura Weglyn.

“Reflections,” which opens Friday, is a collaboration with visual artists Lynn Susholtz and Araceli Carrera, who are designing the set, costumes and a lobby installation. Susholtz is also co-producing the show and presenting it at her Art Produce space in North Park, a few blocks from the Eveoke studio.

For Susholtz, “I love that this is a North Park homegrown cultural-engagement process, and it speaks to the reason these women were chosen. It’s about everyday folks who do extraordinary things, people who lived in communities like this and … lived their passion about social justice or transformed an experience to help others.

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