Contact: Marion Ramírez
Phone: 646 320 7222
Email: marion.ramirez@temple.edu
www.marionramirez.com
Photos available upon request

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA- Puerto Rican choreographer Marion Ramirez presents Musa Paradisiaca, a evening- length multidisciplinary performance that combines dance, original live music, cooking and more!  A delicious experience, Musa Paradisiaca delivers a sensorial landscape of movement, memory, sound, and aromas. It will take place at Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University on March 28th and 29th at 7:30pm. Admission is $20 general admission, $15 students and senior citizens, $10 Temple employees and patrons with Dance USA Philadelphia Dance Pass, $5 students with Temple OWLcard.

MUSA PARADISIACA- is a multi disciplinary evening- length performance directed by Marion Ramirez. It offers a sensorial landscape of body inclinations, spicy beats, chopped chords, undulating myths, local garlic, much play and more. Somewhere between fiction and the present moment, plantain feet are the main ingredient to be peeled, chopped, sauteed, melted, savored and shared with pride. Celebrating delicious experiences that are both pre-determined and improvised, this group of collaborators steep painful and sweet memories that are remembered, transformed and shared by the collective.

This show features exciting collaborations with members of the Philadelphia artist community. The cast includes Jungwoong Kim, Michelle Tantoco, Megan Stern, Tim Early and Marion Ramirez. An original music score by Puerto Rican composer/percussionist Victor Pablo Garcia played live by Garcia and pianist Dennis Guevara. Costume by Patricia Dominguez, set design by Dominguez and Jungwoong Kim and lighting design by Jimena Alviar.

Choreographer’s Bio
Marion Ramirez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she performed from an early age. She graduated from the Laban Center in London with a BA in dance studies and currently is culminating her MFA at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University where she has been a University Fellow. As a Puerto Rican woman she is committed to develop her work as a performer,choreographer, teacher and collaborator as a way to empower self-knowledge, and approach cultural exchange. This investigation has deepened through her experiences working for 18 years nationally and internationally relating to people of different cultures, ages, social environments and diverse artistic inclinations. Her work for the stage and site-specific locations have been presented in numerous venues in New York, London, Seoul and Philadelphia among other cities and towns. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary art making and improvisational work in which she incorporates her training in contact improvisation, modern dance, latin american social dances, flamenco, pantomime, ballet, martial arts, laban studies and somatic movement practices. To learn more: www.marionramirez.com

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LISTING INFORMATION
Date/Time: March 28th and 29th, 7:30pm
Show Title: Musa Paradisiaca
Performance Type: Dance Performance
Location: Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University, Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122Cost: $20 general admission, $15 students and senior citizens, $10 Temple employees and patrons with Dance USA Philadelphia Dance Pass, $5 students with Temple OWLcard
Presented by: Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University

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