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In Motion
The new Albany Records CD featuring Tania León's Haiku and the world premiere recording of Inura


More than 35 years separate Haiku (1973) and Inura (2009), and they conjure up wildly different sonic universes. Haiku, created during León's tenure as composer-in-residence and music director for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, is an aphoristic and almost otherworldly re-imagining of seventeen classical Japanese haiku poems, which somehow form a cohesive and unified whole. The holistic approach León took with Haiku would however be anathema for Inura, a celebration of contradictions created for DanceBrazil that is inspired by Candomblé. Candomblé, like Santería in the Caribbean, is a syncretism of traditional African animism and European Catholicism that has been practiced for centuries.

Haiku for Narrator and Mixed Ensemble
Tania León, composer
Rajoe Darby, narrator, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Tania León, conductor

Inura for Voices, Strings and Percussion
Tania León, composer
Son Sonora Voices, Son Sonora Ensemble, DanceBrazil Percussion, Tania León, conductor


Below is a gallery of photographs from Dance Theatre of Harlem's production of Haiku (1973), and DanceBrazil's production of Inura (2009). All photographs of Haiku are copyright Marbeth and used by permission; all photographs of Inura are copyright Nan Melville and used by permission.

Haiku was choreographed by Walter Raines; Inura was choreographed by Carlos Dos Santos.


Haiku: Gayle McKinney, Derek Williams (Photo by Marbeth, 1974)