By Jonathan Goetz
Photos by Spencer John Powell
July 4, 2018 (San Diego) – Happy Independence Day! I would like to take this time to share pictures from Constitution, the Dance, by Visionary Dance Theatre. Constitution was an exemplary inclusive contemporary dance by Kidz Danz Kompany with artful, graceful and proficient moves, showcasing prominent African Americans and non slave-holding founding fathers, and giving voice to their struggle and American aspirations.
We met up with La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis during the performance, who told East County Magazine, “I love how Spencer lets the kids express their own vision. I guess that's why they call it visionary!”
El Cajon's City Councilman Gary Kendrick, whose sons have been in theater, remarked, “It takes a lot of practice to dance like that!”
Erik Jaimes showcased his adept understudy ability by filling in for another dancer during “Letter,” featuring John and Abigail Adams. My most memorable moment was Zyanya Alarcon-Khorram in a leap of what must have been 20 feet across the stage. I thought it was amazing, exquisite performance.
Please enjoy these photos, and have a great fourth of July!
Included in the show:
Landon Throm – Homage to Richard Allen (Choreography by Spencer John Powell)
Aubrey Wheatbread – Revolution (Choreography by Aubrey Wheatbread)
Elle King – Homage to Mercy Otis Warren (Choreography by Ruby Anderson)
Alaska Stevens – Homage to Dolly Madison (Choreography by Spencer Powell and Erik Jaimes)
Yasmina Devos – Homage to Phyllis Wheatley (Choreography, also next 2, Spencer John Powell)
Gianna May – Homage to Betsy Ross
Zayda Estrada – Homage to Sojourner Truth