Yemayá portrays the seduction of a young man by the Cuban water goddess of the same name. Tharp employs a number of dramatic techniques to present the story – flashback scenes that morph into dream sequences, memories dancing as shadows on the back wall, solos that function as soliloquies.
The piece begins in a social club; the performers are paired up, dancing versions of the rhumba and cha-cha. Later, a male entourage partners Yemayá, lifting and rolling her above the stage. They are the waves on which she rides.
"Popular and spiritual music of Cuba."
By Enrique Jorrin
Performed by Ruben Gonzalez
From "Introducing...Ruben Gonzalez"
Recorded by World Circuit/Nonesuch Records
Agayú, Changó, Yeggua, Obba, Oyá, Oggún, Yemayá
From "Oru de Igbodu para Yemaya" on "Sacred Rhythms of Cuban Santeria
Recorded by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
By Francisco Repilado
From Beuna Vista Social Club
Recorded by World-Circuit/Nonesuch Recordings