El Beso de la Abeja

(THE KISS OF THE BEE)

"El Beso de la Abeja” is sponsored in part by The Carpenter Foundation

Artistic Director: Ana Ines King

Guest Artist (Dancer and Choreographer): Francisco Mesa “El Nano”

Capoeira choreography: LaWanda Raines and Monte Alfonso Jones

Lighting Designer: Michael Jarett
Technical Assistant: Cody Richardson
Scenery and Sound: Vinnie Gonzalez 

No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.
— Albert Einstein

A Dance theatre work in collaboration with composer, Adolfo AdVero, artistic director, Ana Ines King, and international choreographers, renown flamenco artists, Domingo Ortega and Francisco Mesa “El Nano”. Additional collaboration with CatherineMarie Davalos, Director of Dance at Saint Mary's College of California. 

The choreography combines Contemporary dance, authentic flamenco form, ritual dances from the Amazon and the Caribbean regions dance techniques. 

 ACT I

Let Your Life Bee 

The bees place in our world is important beyond our understanding. Without them, the development of life on earth, and conditions for human development may not have existed.  These conditions are the appearance of the flower bearing plants and pollinators, with the bees, being the crown jewel of the pollinators.  

The Beehive, as a whole is a super organism indeed a universe of life!

The matriarchal group organization of a queen and thousands of female worker bees and male drones have had to adapt and overcome all the conditions of change that can happen over 100,000,000 year period of time.

EL CANTO DE LAS REINAS – (The Song of the Queens – (Piping)      Only one queen lives in a given hive. Queen bees are made not born and most of the reason for this appears to be her diet of royal jelly. The Queens fight to the death until only one remains. 

EL SOL (The Son) - Queen of the SUN - The Nuptial Flight The sun is indispensable for their life! Bees need the sun as a reference point in navigation and communication through their dance language. The queen bee is the heart and soul of the honey bee colony. She is the reason for nearly everything the rest of the colony does. 

INTERMISSION

 ACT II

Tus Besos me saben a Miel (Your Kisses taste like Honey) The surviving queen will fly out on a sunny, warm day to a "drone congregation area" 

Metamorphosis

Taking care of the Baby Queens

”The Gold Dust of Nature

“If the earth were deprived of flowers, 
half its vitality would disappear.”

Finale music composed by DJ Halber

The Company & Cast

El Sol y La Penumbra

Francisco Mesa “El Nano”

Queen Bees

Ana Ines King
Maria Dolores Tuason
Stephanie Socia

Worker Bees

LaWanda Raines
Adelle Barrow Broom
Melissa Martinez
Marisol C. Betancourt Sotolongo

Drone Bees

Monte Alfonso Jones
Jay Williams
Roberto Whitaker

The Flowers

Maria Genovicci
Nicte Diaz
Victoria Smith Parker
Gracie Astruc
Maya Koehn Wu
Skylar Washington

Baby Queens

Caroline Bell
Riley Bell
Jazmine Foster
Nancie Perez
Raffi Zepeda
Delia Rios
Maya Rios
Khiara Johnston
Daniela Nepstad
Camila Obando
Rebecca Barragan