Olga El

Olga El Olga El is happy to combine her love of writing and dance for Broadway World. Taking a cue from her ballet-trained parents, she began studying dance at a young age but had to take hiatus from the dance world in her teens. At 17 she moved to NYC to study writing at Pratt Institute and began studying various forms of dance while earning her BFA.

Since that time she has worked directly under the leadership of several dance companies in the genres of Modern/Contemporary, Ballet and Hip Hop as well as folkloric forms from around the world. She directs a political dance-theatre that was honored with a residency from the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in 2015 and has been presented across the NYC-Metro area. Olga's scriptwriting was recently solicited by a major Off-Broadway theatre.



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BWW Review: Dancing Through The Metaphysical Tree Of Life in SVB ROSABWW Review: Dancing Through The Metaphysical Tree Of Life in SVB ROSA
Posted: Oct. 31, 2016


BWW Interview: HMI's Rising Stars Slam Their Backs in Thriving Vogue CultureBWW Interview: HMI's Rising Stars Slam Their Backs in Thriving Vogue Culture
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Interview: KHASAN BRAILSFORDBWW Interview: KHASAN BRAILSFORD
Posted: Jun. 9, 2016


BWW Review: Dance Icons Misty Copeland and Carmen de Lavallade Grace Harlem StageBWW Review: Dance Icons Misty Copeland and Carmen de Lavallade Grace Harlem Stage
November 16, 2017

The first portion of the night was dedicated to the ballet class for students representing both the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Harlem School for the Arts. As a teacher, Copeland embodied gentle, down-to-earth authority, unopposed to getting on the floor to adjust a stance or hold up a limb. With a focus on proper technique, her descriptive breakdown of the body mechanics at work in each exercise, made the tasks easy to understand and her encouraging demeanor exuded both patience and humor.

BWW Review: True Love Survives After Death in DIA DE LOS MUERTOSBWW Review: True Love Survives After Death in DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
November 14, 2017

With its emphasis on honoring the transition of death, as well as those who have passed on and the undying power of love, Dia de los Muertos exemplifies the roots of the commercial holiday we now know as Halloween. If The Nutcracker is the go-to performance of the Winter months, Dia de los Muertos should be made canon for the Fall.

BWW Review: The Sweet & Sinister Wonders of the Illuminati BallBWW Review: The Sweet & Sinister Wonders of the Illuminati Ball
November 8, 2017

Walking into the lobby, we were immediately engrossed in a lavish and slightly anachronistic atmosphere. Vintage brass and the chatterings of splendidly-adorned socialites filled the soundscape. My guest and I allowed ourselves to be absorbed into a crowd of masked-revelers being escorted into an unknown area, by unknown forces. Most of the night was a game of simply discovering what to do next.

BWW Interview: 'A Harlem Hafla' Creator Brandy HeywardBWW Interview: 'A Harlem Hafla' Creator Brandy Heyward
August 7, 2017

On August 12, 2017 A Harlem Hafla will take place at the Harlem School of the Arts featuring workshops by renowned North African folk dancers Donna Mejia and Somra El Nubia followed by a showcase featuring performers of color from across the U.S. I caught up with the organizer of A Harlem Hafla, Brandy Heyward, to learn more about this unique event and the inspiration behind it.

BWW Interview: Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash of Hypokrit Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash of Hypokrit Theatre Company
July 27, 2017

Easily navigating the fusion of music, dance, multimedia and traditional theater The Hypokrit Theatre Company's mission is to 'embody the rich cultural complexity of the world we live in.' Whether reimagining Western classics with multicultural aesthetics or presenting classics from around the world to Western audiences, their work is admirable in its ability to communicate universal human experiences.

BWW Review: LIVING OUR MYTHOLOGIES: DIVINITY IN DANCE Presents Sacred Dances from a Myriad of CulturesBWW Review: LIVING OUR MYTHOLOGIES: DIVINITY IN DANCE Presents Sacred Dances from a Myriad of Cultures
July 14, 2017

If any performance embodied the spirit and amplified it in the theater it was Otea Maka, Taura O Te Here and Otea Moena performed by Lei Pasifika and choreographed by Makalina and Carol Leogite, Mahealani Uchiyama and Moena Maiotui respectively. Filled with joyful shrieks and chirps, vigorous hip circles and accents and a rainbow of costumes, this triptych of dances was an unapologetic celebration of female energy and emotion.

BWW Interview: Felix Jarrar & Brittany GoodwinBWW Interview: Felix Jarrar & Brittany Goodwin
July 6, 2017

Experimental and beautifully composed, Songs of the Soul Beams is a theatrical musical cycle by Felix Jarrar (composer, musical director, pianist) and Brittany Goodwin (librettist, stage director, Persephone) that fuses elements of opera, musical theater and dance in order to explore coping with death. The show made its debut on Sunday, June 4th in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Fisher-Hillman Studio. I was excited to have the chance to catch up with the promising, young directors of the show and learn more about their process.

BWW Review: Pilobolus Restores Faith in HumanityBWW Review: Pilobolus Restores Faith in Humanity
December 2, 2016

Leave it to Pilobolus to restore a bit of your faith in humanity. Beauty, diversity and teamwork are integral to their communal and genre-bending creative process, each piece daring and completely different from the next. Their run at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts opened on November 16th, 2016 and closes on December 4th.

BWW Interview: HMI's Rising Stars Slam Their Backs in Thriving Vogue CultureBWW Interview: HMI's Rising Stars Slam Their Backs in Thriving Vogue Culture
November 21, 2016

The Hetrick-Martin Institute is the oldest and largest LGBTQ youth-focused organization, serving over 2000 youth annually by providing daily meals, health services, academic support, career preparation, artistic enrichment, support for homeless youth and more. It is also the birthplace of the Harvey Milk High School. One of the most popular programs at HMI is the Kiki Lounge where Vogue dancers, from all backgrounds and experience levels, get to 'slam their backs' as part of a thriving dance scene.

BWW Review: Dancing Through The Metaphysical Tree Of Life in SVB ROSABWW Review: Dancing Through The Metaphysical Tree Of Life in SVB ROSA
October 31, 2016

Svb Rosa showcases twelve vignettes that embrace the divine feminine through video art, spoken word, interlacings of original and popular music and dance fusion rooted in vocabulary from women-created Middle Eastern and North African dance traditions. It is the latest production from Lunaris, a group that seeks to 'physically manifest the workings of the soul and spirit through the art of dance, ritual and theater.' Each piece is representative of a branch on the Kabbalistic tree of life and heavily incorporates symbolism from Western ceremonial mysticism.

BWW Review: CLOUD CUCKOOLAND: A STORY ABOUT DEATHBWW Review: CLOUD CUCKOOLAND: A STORY ABOUT DEATH
September 28, 2016

Ballet, Belly Dance... birds? Desert Sin's latest production Cloud Cuckooland: A Story About Death is a multimedia melange of music, dance, puppetry and aerial arts with sprinklings of spoken word all set against a backdrop of constantly shifting projections.

BWW Interview: KHASAN BRAILSFORDBWW Interview: KHASAN BRAILSFORD
June 9, 2016

Khasan Brailsford is a professional dancer who's worked with mega stars such as Beyonc, Rihanna, Katy Perry and more. He has toured the world with these artists and he has been featured in shows such as the MTV Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars and Ellen.

BWW Review: Aakash Odedra is a Rising TalentBWW Review: Aakash Odedra is a Rising Talent
March 30, 2016

The debut of the Aakash Odedra Company's RISING at the NYU Skirball Center featured four works by four choreographers, all performed solo by Odedra. All four pieces proved Odedra to be an incredibly talented dancer who can easily shift and merge styles, though the similarity in tone for much of the night may have shortchanged our access to the full range of Odedra's abilities.

BWW Interview: Ashley Marinaccio Empowers Young Women Through DanceBWW Interview: Ashley Marinaccio Empowers Young Women Through Dance
February 18, 2016

'As a kid, I was a competitive dancer and got involved with musical theatre as an ensemble dancer in community theatre productions. I struggled for years because I was a dancer and I had breasts and big hips. I was pressured to lose weight and there was a stigma around my body because, you know, I just wasn't thin. I think I internalized that and started equating body and eating with worthiness. One of the reasons we are utilizing dance and movement so much in Embodi(ED) is because we are talking about the body, its limitations and the limitations society puts on different bodies - so it's only appropriate that we explore this through movement and utilizing the body.'

BWW Review: Dada Masilo's SWAN LAKE Sets New Standard for Ballet and BeyondBWW Review: Dada Masilo's SWAN LAKE Sets New Standard for Ballet and Beyond
February 4, 2016

The house was full on the opening night of Dada Masilo's Swan Lake at the Joyce and I quickly realized why. The ballet boasts incredible energy, attitude, innovation and diversity rarely seen in a typical ballet, all without sacrificing an engaging story and superb technique.

BWW Review: APAP Presenters Embody MLK Legacy Through DanceBWW Review: APAP Presenters Embody MLK Legacy Through Dance
January 25, 2016

The interaction between Brown and her equally hardworking partner Catherine Foster portrayed a multidimensional mix of African-American culture and urban girlhood not often accessible to those without a similar background. There was a sense of sisterhood and innocence not often seen in mainstream portrayals of African American youth. However, the piece did not limit itself to depicting the idyllic.

BWW Review: The Spirit of West Africa and Its Diaspora Shines Through KULU MELEBWW Review: The Spirit of West Africa and Its Diaspora Shines Through KULU MELE
December 30, 2015

I ventured from the city to seeKulu Meleat thePainted Bride Art Centerin Philadelphia. Kulu Meleis a cultural institution celebrating dance and culture from West Africa and its diaspora in the Americas. The theme of this show was Senegal.

BWW Review: A Glimpse Into Metaphysical Theatre With BEYOND TIMEBWW Review: A Glimpse Into Metaphysical Theatre With BEYOND TIME
December 21, 2015

An air of serenity, mysticism and beauty is evoked in the U-theatre's Beyond Time. Directed by Liu Ruo-yu; choreographed and composed by Huang Chih-chun the work felt like a glimpse into other dimensions.

BWW Review: Baroque Opera Gets a Modern Makeover in YOU WE US ALLBWW Review: Baroque Opera Gets a Modern Makeover in YOU WE US ALL
December 21, 2015

As the title implies You We Us All explores that which binds humanity, from the seeming ubiquity of shallow, Western pop-culture to archetypal human values and experiences embodied literally on the stage as the characters Hope, Virtue, Time, Death and Love.

BWW Interview: Transgender Actress Cece Sauzo-AugustusBWW Interview: Transgender Actress Cece Sauzo-Augustus
November 6, 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with actress Cece Suazo-Augustus. Ms. Cece is many things: an Honduran/Cuban adoptee, transgendered, driven. 'I won't stop until I win a TONY. If you can perfect theatre, everything else comes easily.' She goes down a list of African-American TONY award winners. It's this goal, she says, that keeps her in theatre and keeps her humble.



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