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The Masquerade Carolyn Woodruff

Our beloved choreographer, Taliat Tarsinov, who is sought after worldwide, is Stellar Duo’s artistic director. His career in dance in 1974, turned professional in ’88, and began choreographing after his retirement in ‘95. Tarsinov has chosen Mystery of Masquerade as our theme.

This theme has quite the history lesson. It dates back to the Roman Catholic’s Pre-Lent Festival, known as Mardi Gras. For the 1700 and 1800’s the only people in attendance to these festivals and galas were the rich social elites. Although, in the 21st century all are welcome to these gatherings, the secrecy of who lies under the mask is still part of the excitement. The mask’s origin is however, the premise of being unknown, being equal, dancing and living without judgement. The masks’ will set you free and let you create your own identity; let you reestablish yourself. It allows you to let go, become unified, and live without fear- or judgement.

THIS DANCE IS GOING TO BE VERY POWERFUL. IT TELLS A STORY OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMEN WHO HAS A CHANCE MEETING WITH A RUSSIAN OFFICER. WHEN IT STARTS,  I AM VERY TIMID AND DON’T REALLY WANT TO GET TO KNOW THE OFFICER, BECAUSE I AM ALREADY IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE.BY THE END I RUN AWAY BECAUSE THE OFFICER TOOK OFF MY MASK AND EXPOSED ME TO THE WORLD.

The story of the Masquerade dance paints a parallel to our current world which, seems to be crashing down like a house of cards. Regardless, dance is universal. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what language you speak, how much money you have, you understand the art of dancing. Dance is culture. Dancers are storytellers, they have the ability to transcend themselves and their audience. Dance is an outlet to so many. An outlet for creativeness, depression, weight loss, enjoyment or even recovery. Dance can be used to rise above, to mend fences, and break down barriers- nationally and internationally.

Dance unites.

Dance is a universal language, a language of beauty, of peace, of wisdom, and of exploration.

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