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Fire or Ice and Ritmo Del Sol


Fire or Ice (2016) and Ritmo Del Sol and Premiere: October 22 & 23, 2016, Bushnell Performing Arts, Hartford, CT

(Fire or Ice additional performances include: Artists for World Peace at The Kate, Old Saybrook, CT; Southern VT Dance Festival, Brattleboro, VT; and UMass Amherst;  

Fire or Ice and Ritmo Del Sol were conceived and choreographed as a response to breaking down cultural barriers, seen and unseen, regionally, nationally and internationally. Seeing the divide between Hartford’s heavily minority based cultures and the surrounding less diverse towns and municipalities, Plumb sought to confront what was happening locally and worldwide.

Fire or Ice

In Fire or Ice, two heads of State cross borders and cultural barriers to learn from each other through the language of dance. Mutual understanding is played out in a duet breaking down assumptions of power based on race and gender equality.

Length of Piece: 8 minutes

# of Dancers: 2

Ritmo Del Sol

In the continuation of breaking down borders, the Company members and Apprentices of SPDC demonstrate through the fusion of breakdancing, modern and Latin dance, that diverse communities can indeed learn from each other and play in the same sandbox. 

Choreography and Direction/Sonia Plumb in collaboration with the SPDC Company Members and Apprentices (*Apprentices from the Apprentice Training Program providing above minimum wage pay for training, rehearsing, teaching, performing and the building of life skills in the field of professional dance.)

Original Music/Daniel Salazar, Jr.

Length: 3:50

# of Dancers 7


Fire or Ice

Choreography/Sonia Plumb in collaboration with guest artist Paul Dennis
Paul Dennis and Sonia Plumb
Music/Isaac Albeniz’s Leyenda reimagined by Daniel Salazar, Jr.

Musicians/ Daniel Salazar Ensemble and Martha Kayser, Deborah Tyler, Annie Trepanier, Eve Burtness Costume Design/Gail Fresia 
Lighting Design/Robyn Joyce
Stage Manager/Chloe Trotta-Smith


*Julio Cruz
*Reynaldo Garcia
*Juanita Harris
Alida Lamagna
*Gabriel Mack
Rachel Manga
Kayla Rodriguez


Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation
The Janet and Michael Suisman Foundation
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
The Mabel Hoffman Foundation
Katherine Childs Foundation
CT Department of Economic and Community Development


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Krisana Newman-Scott/CT Office of the Arts  Director of Culture
Nick Chanese/CREC/Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Principal

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