The current health crisis has disturbed our equilibrium. While a cure, a vaccine, boosts to the economy will all help to restore a sense of stability, artists can infuse the world now with joy and hope.
Four years ago, Lucija Stojevic produced with Deirdre Towers an award winning documentary about La Chana a gypsy dancer, a survivor of domestic violence with no formal education, who continued to experience moments of duende while confined to her small house. As the film was being made, La Chana made a come-back in her early seventies. Invited to perform at City Center in the Flamenco Festival 2020 Gala, she is the inspiration for this project.
LA CHANA, evokes the mysteries of rhythm, will, and suspense. La Chana dances a duet; she partners her soul, her inner light. She dances with total confidence in her instincts.
With her in mind, this project is activism on the most basic level – aiming to empower everyone, no matter what their age, race, education. We hope to create a wave that makes everyone hum
In tandem is a documentary/fantasy tentatively called Love in the Time of Corona, a comic reflection on health, and the state of our relationship to Nature. Sickness, fear of death, longevity, vanity have all played into our current desire to control each other and capitalize on our fears. The time is ripe for a ribald satire of how far wrong and right we’ve gone.