Caminos 2019 / Aluna Cabaret

Artscape Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East., Toronto

‘’Cuando el Tecolote Danza’’ is a piece that speaks about the symbolism of the owl and its connection with the underworld according to the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica. Through music, dance, props, and costume, Tocani narrates a story based on an expression from ancient Mexico: Cuando el Tecolote canta, el indio muere/When the Owl sings, the indigenous person dies. The piece focuses on the owl as a messenger, who announces the death of a farmer, and develops an interplay between death and the owl itself. The second part of the piece depicts the transition to a contemporary environment. The sounds of a chaotic urban landscape are interwoven with prehispanic rhythms and the presence of vocalizations and sounds deliver a sense of the Mexican concrete jungle.