Cecilia Lugo, synonymous with -Contempodanza- decidedly signifying Mexican dance and, yet, her works go beyond borders, trends and dividing lines. Her aesthetics are nurtured in the root and clay that forged it, but her works so rooted in these lands require neither passport nor visas to become dances of the world.

A native of Tampico, Cecilia grew up close to the sea. This is why her works bear the indelible watermark of the Mexican seacoast. In her sojourn down through the years, she has posited bits of that life: a succession of color, of tastes of undulating hips, of perfumes and sensation: not a fresco, but rather a "documentary" in the sense of poetic images. In her choreographic work, Cecilia brings with her a poetic backlog that gives rise to a wave of perfumes heavy and intense, rhythms and vibrations prolonged into resonances which I would be inclined to call spiritual.  The smell of wet earth, sea salt, candles, musk, earth, scents of alcoves, tides, skies, human skin, incipient breasts, berths, moist females and erectile males. The catalogue is impressive, not only because of the number, but because of the complexity of sensations and, in the center of this sensual constellation, as a fixed eye, the human being: the sacrilegious conscience.

An analysis of Lugo's oeuvre, however superficial, could not but mention her treatment of gesture, cornerstone in the construction of her pieces.  Her kinesics are profoundly semantic, laden with intentions, messages. Lugo's gestures are continuous winks, true streaks of transmission of the idea, of the message implicit within.  However, one of the most outstanding elements in the construction of her dances is the relevant role music plays in her choreographies.  In reality, music is in the genesis of the creative process. It is clear that she is enraptured with it. Primal condition to create a universe of metaphors in movement. Music is the blood pulsing through the organism of her works.

In the composition, the question is clear, in the waviness of the arms and body, in the sudden hiatus, there are continual low and high tides, multiplied, meshed into that insatiable performance that – like the mere contemplation of the sea – never tires.  Cecilia's technique is characterized by an exceptional fluidity of gestures, with long impulses that appear snipped by sudden lentitudes, by a subtle, at times, vigorous, other times, playfulness of arms, in a position frequently bordering on imbalance.

Contempodanza, down through the twenty-five years, has proven to be a milestone in the Mexican dance movement. It is not often that such diverse temperaments, bodies and techniques come together, contributing to the integration of a nucleus of performers with such strength, sparkle, quality and efficiency, the result of a guiding hand, hardworking and firm.

Text by: Evangelina Osio