The Los Angeles Times says about Orlando
Of A Thousand Years
"Orlando of a Thousand Years succeeded as an act of heroism "
"Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf, Orlando asked Perea to act and dance the roles of two women, two men and figures who existed in pre-sexual and omnisexual states. Moreover, this six-part tour de force conveyed a potent theme: questioning societal assumptions about gender and, in particular, a power structure based on male dominance."
" her comments on gender issues proved cogent, and the performance as a whole evolved deftly from one generational and spatial context to another with direction by Jose Garcia Davis and set units by Alicia Hoge and Jason Adams."
"Not since Leonid Yakobson created the solo Vestris for the young Baryshnikov or Molissa Fenley danced all of Stravinskys Rite of Spring as a solo, have the technical and expressive stakes been this high and Perea faced the challenge energetically, shinnying down a rope from a high, hanging net cocoon to begin a series of transformations that put everything she knew and believed about dance-theater on the line."
Review by Lewis Segal
Times Dance Critic
Los Angeles, CA
© 2001 Licia Perea