Soul Project

soul_project_website_5It begins…spontaneously…an extraordinary, unpredictable presentation and experience of being continuously alive. On, like a candle. The music starts and dancers emerge from the audience, moving to a sublime live recording of a “vintage” soul singer – Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Bettye Lavette, Gladys Knight & The Pips – following their own movement quest to embody the dance as deeply and powerfully as the singer reveals the song.

Soul Project, conceived and directed by the legendary David Zambrano, in collaboration with a cast of six remarkable performers from Mozambique, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Korea and Venezuela, simultaneously creates a sense of heightened perception and grounded physicality.  Designed to be performed in an open space-a gallery, black box, gymnasium, ballroom, church, large stage, or even outdoors-Soul Project is a series of virtuosic solos, each lasting the length of a song; but the order of the solos and their location in the space is a function of chance, making each night’s performance unique.

Friday, Sept 25* at 8pm
Saturday, Sept 26** at 8pm
FREE with limited seating; arrive early
Pearson-Hall Theatre
Lang Performing Arts Center
Swarthmore College

*Friday night followed by a post-show conversation
with performers, led by Charmian Wells
**Saturday night preceded by an artist conversation
in Troy Studio with David Zambrano, nora chipaumire,
and Ziya Azazi at 6pm, led by Charmian Wells


Extract of “Framing Soul” Documentary film by Rodrigo Pardo about David Zambrano’s “Soul Project”


Edivaldo Ernesto • Mozambique
Nina Fajdiga • Slovenia
Milan Herich • Slovakia
Peter Jasko • Slovakia
Horacio Macuacua • Mozambique
Young Cool Park • South Korea
David Zambrano • Venezuela/Netherlands

Costumes – Mat Voorter, icw Pepa Martinez
Light Design – Ellen Knops

“Sharing the Stage with David Zambrano” by Andrew Boynton, The New Yorker

“David Zambrano dancers bring improv soul to Miami Light” by Jordan Levin, Miami Herald