A person in a dance studio, in mid-leap, with arms and legs blurred in motion. There is a projection of a blurry dancer on a white wall in the background

Contemporary Dance Solo

rEvolver Festival

Robert Azevedo felt bad for the family and friends who would always come support his dance performances even though they “don’t get it” and then afterwards wonder why he didn’t audition for So You Think You Can Dance. After all, that’s what good dancers do, right? Instead of continuing to ask them to come see dance they don’t seem to enjoy, he wanted to meet them halfway and give them the kind of contemporary dance they were expecting.

Azvedo has taught himself a lineup of contemporary dance solos from YouTube. Specifically, videos of dance competition solos in the Contemporary category performed by young dancers between 7 and 17 years old. The audience can watch the original videos projected alongside Azvedos dancing body in order to compare the two forms and styles.

The only problem is that these dances were created as 2- or 3-minute powerhouse showcases for young flexible girls. Putting 18 of them together forces Azevedo to manage his exhaustion and keep smiling through the pain; after all, that’s what good dancers do, right?

In performing these solos in succession for one hour, Azvedo pays homage to the skill and ability of these young dancers, while reframing their dances to satisfy his own parameters of contemporary dance.

To the family and friends of contemporary dancers everywhere, Contemporary Dance Solo is a gift to you. Sit back and see the kind of dance you are secretly hoping for every time.

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