LAGRI MAR by Edgar Cortes
Edgar Cortes was born in Portugal. He graduated from the School of Dance of the National Conservatory in Lisbon where he worked with choreographers from Ballet Gulbenkian, the National Ballet, Escola Superior de Danca, Escola Superior de Teatro and Companhia de Dança de Lisboa.
In 1995 he was awarded a scholarship to the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City and worked with the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble.
In New York City he has worked with Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Sophie Maslow, Jeanette Hemstad, Analysis Dance Company, Chen & Dancers, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Ralf Jaroesenski, Sensedance, Mark Dendy among many other independent choreographers; and has toured extensively for six years with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (U.S.A., Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada, South America, Central America).
As a choreographer he created "Pescadora in Do Major", "Algodao-Doce". He also worked with Teatro do Mar in Portugal where he choreographed and directed a performance entitled Mar-Moria.
He was part of La Mama Moves - "Mavericks in Motion" dance festival at La Mama Experimental Theater Club where he performed a duet entitled "LAGRI MAR".
In May 2010 he choreographed the opera “Pygmalion” – My Unfair Lady, for Underworld Productions as well as “Apollo and Daphne”/ “Clarence and Anita” 2011 and was the costume designer for “Don Pasquale” 2012 and “Il Trionfo dell’ Onore” in 2013.
In January of 2009 he founded the Edgar Cortes Dance Theater.
He was awarded a grant by NOMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) and created "UNICORNIUS", a piece inspired by the Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries currently at the Cloisters Museum and was invited to perform his solo from this piece at Open House, for the 75th Anniversary at the Apollo Theater and at the DUMBO dance festival in September 2010.
He was awarded a second grant from NOMAA for his project “Water Poodles,” inspired by Esther Williams and synchronized swimming. In 2011 he received a third grant for the work DALI AQUI inspired by Salvador Dali.
His newest work “QUATRO” is inspired by the four seasons and it premiered in June 2012.
He is currently working on the new piece SOL-I-DÓ inspired by his native country of Portugal to premiere in September of 2013. "LAGRI MAR" is part of this piece and is a duet between a fisherman and his wife, depicting the eternal triangle between man, woman and the sea. This piece follows their emotional journey.
© Paul A. Machado 2017