Opus Number: 126
Music: Agustín Lara, Juan García Esquivel, Osvaldo Golijov, B. García de Jesús, J. Elizondo, Ariel Guzik, Chalino Sánchez
Set and Costumes: Santo Loquasto
Lighting: Jennifer TIpton
Date First Performed: July 12, 2007
Notes: De Sueños (of dreams) and its companion piece, De Sueños que se Repiten (of recurring dreams), are surrealistic dreamscapes that take place on the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday combining aspects of Catholic theology and Aztec culture when deceased relatives are honored. A series of images reference such aspects of Mexican culture as the Virgin of Guadalupe, hat dance and deer dance. The music of several contemporary Mexican composers, as well as elaborate sets and lighting, intensify the cinematic, other-worldy quality of the dances. The two works may be presented together or separately and in either order.
“A dream of a dance. This vision conjures up a host of characters who would never appear together in waking life. Taylor’s ‘dream’ provides so vivid, I think these characters will invade my dreams… Thank goodness, Taylor’s are more thrilling than mine.” – Susan Broili, The Durham Herald-Sun