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Phoenix Dance

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Through a journey of transformation and healing, reviews and then challenges people's expectations of what it means to be "disabled." In March 2001, renowned dancer Homer Avila discovered that the pain in his hip was cancer. A month later, his right leg and most of his hip were amputated. Through interviews, studio rehearsals, and performances, the evolution of Pas, a pas de deux created for Avila by choreographer Alonzo King, is followed and detailed. In an intimate collaboration with dancer Andrea Flores, Avila creates a new unity-a beautiful creature with three legs and four arms-in which traditional roles are reversed: the man's vulnerability and the woman's strength sweetly complement each other, and their solo outbursts develop themes of interdependence, trust, and strength. The DVD also includes a 16-minute edited version. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) audio description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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