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Feb 05, 2013

Ivonne Batanero: Here & Now

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Ivonne Batanero grew up a shy girl in a cruel world where dance became here preferred mode of communication. Through dance, Batanero reveals the world of extremes by pushing the limits of human comprehension and tolerance. She uses humor and fear to simultaneously connect and provoke the audience to see the world through her eyes. Batanero's new work will debut at Miami Light Project's Here & Now series from February 7-16h at 8 p.m. at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.

Ivonne Batanero.

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Ivonne Batanero: “Project: Invasion” is inspired by the metastasis of the abnormal. The piece takes you on an abstract journey of an invasion experience on a molecular level.

ND: What were the biggest challenges putting “Project: Invasion” together?

IB: There were many things that have been challenging for me during this process. One of them is creating a piece that is-well crafted, physical, sophisticated, lighthearted and emotional at the same time. The subject matter is such a strong one to me that I have had a hard time feeling satisfied. Also, scheduling time with my dancers around everyone's busy schedule is always a challenge.

ND: What motivates you to do what you do—to create what you create?

IB: My work is very important to me because it is my voice. It is the only way I know how to best express what words cannot. I am a shy person. I spent most of my childhood and early teenage years mute because I was afraid to talk. I had impressive mouth gear that tormented me for many years. Too much negative judgment came when I spoke. Therefore, I never learned to express myself well with words, but found a way to do it through movement.

ND: What do you hope the audience will take away with “Project: Invasion”?

IB: Through my work, I am creating my own movement language and exploring human limits and boundaries. I want to rattle the performers and audience members with an experience that will push their limits because I believe that through extremes one can reach another level of consciousness. I create my work because it gives me a chance to express my thoughts in the best way that I can, which is through movement. I believe that we each view the world differently, and I enjoy showing audiences a glimpse of the world through my eyes and affecting the viewer in a positive or negative way. I find the fun and funny in terror and the ugly and sad in beauty. I like to dare and challenge the audience to really open their eyes and see something in a way they never have.

ND: What does it feel like when you perform?

IB: I cannot describe the way I feel when I perform. Words would not do justice to the experience. Lets just say it is the reason I chose this career.

The Miami Light Project Presents Here & Now: 2013 from February 7-16 at 8 p.m. at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 St., Miami. Tickets: $25, non-members; $20, members; $15, students and seniors. Tickets are available at or by calling 866-811-4111.

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