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MARA'S DAUGHTERS: Dance + Film at the Encinitas Library

  • Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Dr Encinitas, CA, 92024 United States (map)

Salon Dances No. 5, “Mara’s Daughters,” opens the second season in the Salon Dances 2014-2015 Season. Choreographed by PRDC’s Associate Director Natalia Valerdi, “Mara’s Daughters” presents a meditation on the forces that pull away from the spiritual life. In Buddhism, Mara’s Daughters tried to distract Gautama Buddha while he was meditating by tempting him. Sometimes they represent craving, boredom and passion. How do we confront our own versions of Mara? What is the difference between sitting in boredom and sitting in meditation when nobody knows but us? How do we surrender into spiritual life and live in a material world? These questions drive this contemporary dance, oscillating between technical rigor and fluidity. Performed by Sarah Navarrete and Bonnie Lee. Featuring the premiere of the short film “Mara,” Directed by Natalia Valerdi. With assistance from filmmaker Roosvelt “Roshin” Ulloa. Each artist will be exploring their own choreographic voice within the spirit of collaboration. 

TICKETS: Suggested donation: $10.00 at the door, more info at

Salon Dances is inspired by Isadora Duncan Salon Dances of the 1900s, a time when patrons would gather in their salons to experience intimate dance-art, live and up-close, and often on a Sunday afternoon. There is a unique intimacy and simplicity that these low-tech, close-up dance performances offer. Each performance will offer a talk-back session afterwards for audience members to share comments or ask questions about the performance with the dancers and choreographer.

Tickets: $10-$20

Earlier Event: November 7
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Later Event: November 13
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