World Premiere May 2019.
First look presentation August 8-11, 2018. Tickets available here
Our entry point to this show is the powerful and terrifying character of Madame Lynch herself. We are very taken with this figure who is remembered both as a monster and a national heroine.
Eliza Lynch was an Irishwoman who became a French courtesan. Through fate and machination, she became de facto Empress of Paraguay in the mid 19th century. Later in her life, Lynch was reviled for her supposed part in fomenting the war in which 90% of Paraguay’s male population was killed.
Lynch's dream-- to bring European music, dances, manners and fashions in hats to the inhabitants of a country that did not need or ask for what she offered-- struck us as highhanded and ill-conceived. And yet, today Paraguay celebrates her as a sort of cultural “founding mother”— someone who ushered in styles of music and dancing that formed the foundation for contemporary Paraguayan folkloric dance. The complexity of her legacy is what draws us to her.
We are very excited that this show features a collaboration with a contemporary Paraguayan dance company who work in exactly this artistic tradition : Ballet Panambí Vera of Queens, NY.
Photos in this gallery by Russ Rowland.