With a red dress sweeping around her, famed choreographer Blanca Li performs a solo for her show, Goddesses & Demonesses. The fabric is an extension of her movements, both part of her body and the space around it. The gown is Alaïa.
“It’s a celebration of women’s power. And it’s about being many different women, and transforming constantly into different characters,” Li said of her work at a post-performance cocktail reception at New York City Center in midtown. “Some [of the characters are] mythological goddesses, but some are also from the story of the dance—female choreographers, and also who we are today as women, as dancers.” The show, which premiered in Paris in 2015, explores aspects of womanhood through archetypes, yet does not put women into either/or boxes. Instead, it illustrates how duality exists within women—that we are complex, multi-faceted individuals. “There is not really a ‘narrative’ storyline, but there are many different stories crossing each other. We interpreted many different kinds of women,” she explained. “Sometimes in the same dance we can be three different characters. The idea is to explore femininity in many different ways.”