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 Post subject: Wilson Pico
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2002 11:51 pm 
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Review in the Times.

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THE Ecuadorian dancer Wilson Pico is fond of flapping his hands. In El Torero (Matador), the first of a trio of solos presented as part of the fledgling Fronteras festival of Latin American performance, they flutter in the open air. In the second they jiggle like a bat trapped inside the stretchy costume of the starving woman he plays, while in the third they shake inside boxing gloves.
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And in the Evening Standard.

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When is dance not dance? When it is performance art. The fine line that separates dancing from performing is infinitely permeable, and on a good night, crossing the boundaries raises many more questions than can be answered simply.

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By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian

Wilson Pico has been devising and performing dances in Ecuador since the 1970s, but the life story he narrates during his one-man show is hardly typical of his profession. He was born into a family so large and so poor that the daily meal didn't always feed every mouth, and his fantasy of making good was originally to become a boxer. He only ended up in a dance class because he was hoping to meet a girl.

Biographies don't necessarily matter for artists, but Pico's work is so profoundly rooted in the circumstances of his life that the background he gives us (via a translator ) is very illuminating, especially in the case of his first (and best) solo, Matador. Ecuadorian bull-fighters are apparently very different from their glamorous Spanish counterparts, lacking the latter's gorgeous trimmings and public profile. They operate out of the dust and poverty of their local neighbourhoods.

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Nice idea, shame about the moves. By John Percival for The Independent

Wilson Pico, who comes from Ecuador, seems to have a rather oblique approach to dancing. However, his show as part of a short Latin American season, Fronteras, at The Place was decidedly more worthwhile than the group DanzAbierta from Cuba, who launched the series a week earlier.

Marianela Boán, directing DanzAbierta, put her six performers to a great deal of not very good singing, and their movement largely comprised trying to escape from the red bonds that held them together, wrist to wrist. Pretty pointless, I found it.

Wilson Pico's programme was a group of three solos, all of them representing aspects of his boyhood – although we only discovered that from the lengthy explanation he delivered (in Spanish, with the help of a translator) in between the numbers, while also changing his costume.

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This is a name I haven't heard in decades. Wilson and I worked together in the late 70s when he was dancing with Space/Dance/Theater in Houston.

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 Post subject: Re: Wilson Pico
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Thanks for your comments Jeff. I'm pleased Pico has received some very favourable reviews and Donald Hutera, who found much to appreciate, is one of the most reliable of the critics for Modern Dance.

Unforunately this was a performance I missed.


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