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One dancer leaping

the disappeared.



Using le cueca sola and Arpilleras, women exposed injustices in Chile under Gen. Pinochet's regime between 1973-1990. 


The Disappeared echos the role of women and the power of dance as a protest. Each dancer wears a photo of one of the disappeared in this powerful dance combining modern dance technique and la cueca sola.


David Ollington, KCactive Dance February 11, 2011

"M. Suzanne Ryan’s dance “The Disappeared” explored issues of longing, grief, and the challenge of dealing with the disappearance of a loved one.  Emotion-laden motion of the piece included the pinning of photographs to the dancers’ leotards.  The dance ended with a powerful image of a much larger photograph, held by one dancer center stage, confrontationally pointed towards us."

Laura Vermaci February 8, 2011

"The Disappeared, by Suzanne Ryan, gave voice to missing persons as each dancer pinned a picture to her dress and retold their stories through movement and expression. Ryan’s modern choreography and Arvo Pärt’s score were touching and the students did a commendable job of conveying emotion for the lost souls."  Laura Vermaci February 8, 2011

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