Spies Like Us

Nejla Y. Yatkin finds her exotic rhythm

She has performed in more than a dozen nations, furling, unfurling, and then hurling her supple, expressive body into space. With a simultaneously steely and diaphanous style, dancer and choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin has stunned critics and audiences with her pitch perfect technique, blazingly beautiful pieces, and stiletto sharp artistic intellect. It doesn’t hurt that the Berlin trained performer is gorgeous, her arresting lines and glossy black mane part of her onstage arsenal. The D.C. based artist has brought her flinty, flowing pieces to the Kennedy Center and the Joyce, and tonight she straddles the line between narrative and abstract at the Colony Theater beginning at 8:30 with “De/Reconstructing Mata Hari.” The work is inspired by Yatkin’s long time interest in the exotic dancer and World War I spy, as well as her own multinational heritage. It opened to accolades in November and is co commissioned by Miami Dade College’s Center for Cultural Collaborations International in an effort to bring more D.C. artists to South Florida and vice versa. Tickets range from $18 to $26. Call 305-237-3010, or visit www.culture.mdc.edu.
Sat., Feb. 4, 8:30 p.m.

 
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