Modern Dance Innovations On Clave Beat: Areytos Premieres New Works
"We went to see dance troupe Areytos Performance Works' amazing presentation of Herencia Cubana: Bembé, Salón y Calle, at the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, and are still relishing that magical moment, where past and present and movement and music and persons and communities and histories just meld....
Sita Frederick's company has a wealth of creative talent in choreography, skillfully blending centuries-old ritual forms, through the classic dances of the 19th and 20th centuries, and fully into 21st century modern dance. A brilliant example of these new works is the haunting Sirenas, an exploration of the power of our blue planet and its lunar energy.
In the stunning Permiso, the subtleties and power and gender struggles of the genre that is rumba are explored in new ways, in expressions that shatter all audience expectations. Maletumba II was deeply moving, another wonderful incantation of roots and modernity and possibilities.
Uptown Choreographers Juggle Politics and Pride at Harlem Showcase
by Monica Levette Clark
May 25th, 2004
“This series showcased multi-ethnic dance makers emerging, evolved, or established in the game. Sita Frederick, who can act, dance, and sing, put on a one-woman show of sorts in her BitterSuite. In 10 minutes she gave us candy, costumes, comedy, props, and commentary with a political edge. Ditching ridiculously high platform boots, a green military uniform way too big for her, a black mustache, and a thick Spanish accent, she revealed her small frame in short shorts and a halter top. Her legs and midriff bare, she appeared less dynamic than the character she'd portrayed earlier, her movements ranging from a chain of traveling turns to grounded contractions and swiveling hips, danced to a recording of traditional Gaga music performed by Boni Raposo. Camille A. Brown's Shelter of Presence set five black male bodies moving to a spirited gospel medley by Take 6. Brown's attention to detail, and the intense pride on the faces and in the posture of these men, made the dance fulfilling to watch.”
The Dance Insider: Flash Review Journal
November 23, 2005
“In "Bittersuite," José Ortiz inserts Sita Frederick's figure into documentary footage from Frederick's recent trip to the Dominican Republic. As Frederick references the actions of the bodies on-screen, her several selves, both onstage and projected, seem caught in a dialogue across time and space, witnessing and questioning the past.” — Chris Dohse