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"Saudade is a Portuguese word. When I looked it up, I found terse translations: nostalgia; longing; missing; yearning. The program note expands on that, describing the word as “a vague, constant desire for a reality that does not, and probably can not, exist. It is the love that exists after someone is gone. It describes a deep emotional state of profound melancholic longing, often carrying a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. To feel Saudade is to feel a deep incompleteness and recognize it as familiar.” - Jerry Hochman, from review in CriticalDance

“As Saudade came to a close and the audience roared, this quote by Maya Angelou came to mind, “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Beamish’s cast spoke with the most brilliant dance vocabulary but the feeling of Saudade that swirled inside me as the men glided across the floor is what I’ll never forget.” – Madison Embrey, New York Rag