The selected companies were the following:
Guy Nader – Where the things hide
From hiding among everyday things, there emerge new worlds, new dimensions led by metaphors which alter the perception of immediate reality. The absurd, paradox and humour are to be found in our body. A decontextualised everyday body, which is not only the reflection of what there is but is also related to the awareness of what is missing. Structured behind its normal appearance, recognizable and familiar to us all, there is a certain strangeness that yields new sensations and different perceptions.
Lebanese artist Guy Nader lives in Barcelona. He combines the creation and direction of his own works with collaborations with other collectives and artists from various disciplines. He has worked with Bebeto Cidra, Maqamat Dance Theatre, Oreet Ashrey and Roser López Espinosa, among others. Inspired by different disciplines and martial arts he has created his own distinctive choreographic language. He has won international recognition and several awards, including the first prize at the 2010 Masdanza International Festival. He was granted a Europe DanceWEB scholarship to attend the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna in 2012. He is artist-in-residence at La Caldera.
Idea and direction: Guy Nader. Performer: Guy Nader. Choreographic assistant: Maria Campos. Light design: Xavi Muñoz. Technician: Amadeu Solernou.
With the support of BIPOD-Beirut International Platform of Dance and Maqamat Theatre Dance. With the collaboration of La Caldera-Centre de creació de dansa i arts escèniques contemporànies.
+ info: www.guynader.com
Sònia Sánchez – El Pliegue
El Pliegue (The Fold) is focused on the inside and outside memory emerged from the sounds and the silences, the melodies and the dissonances, the passions and the understandings, the attitudes and the gestures. Each experience is used as an inner movement that creates the relief and the textures in the dramaturgy. The piece has came up from the research by Sonia Sánchez in the context of the workshops series called El inmediatamente de al lado, whose objective is to create intimate and common spaces and moments of reciprocity.
After 33 years travelling the world of dance and music, Sonia Sánchez is still fully committed to her dancing, relentlessy exploring and pushing for more. Linked to flamenco since she was born, in 2002 she decided to initiate a new phase of deeper inquiry into the forms of education, creation, composition and transmission involved in this art. With no intention of disregarding the revolutions that preceded her, she has developed a method of physical learning and training inspired in the tools of Body Weather and flamenco.
Creation and performance: Sonia Sánchez. Artistic collaboration: Joan Saura, Liba Vilavecchia, Manel Vizoso, Patricia Caballero, Eduardo Rodilla, Meritxell Roda.
With the support of Mercat de les Flors. Technical cooperation: Centre Cívic Can Felipa, Centre Cívic Barceloneta,
Centre de Creació Burg, Centre d’Investigació OK Corral and L’Estruch.
+ info: http://soniasanmar.blogspot.com.es
loscorderos – Crónica de José Agarrotado
An intimate atmosphere, forceful physical and verbal actions. An elaborated but fresh and daily absurdness is used to create a singular world, with its own laws. The will of coexisting in general terms, and its particular impossibilities, with the consequent collapse of the universe created. Crónica de José Agarrotado is, basically, an ultimate date with someone as close to you that could be your partner or yourself. Have you ever thought that killing your alter ego could help you in putting up with life?
The work of loscorderos.sc consists in a series of studies on human nature. Their language on stage is not based on words, but on the inter-relation of text and physicality, and aims at finding a new narrative, one with which to arrive at extra-ordinary worlds, far removed from the simple portrait of reality. David Climent and Pablo Molinero, together with Pilar López, founded the company in 2003. Their first work, Crónica de José Agarrotado, earned the Premi Aplaudiment Sebastià Gasch and, ten years after, it continues to evolve throught its representations. Their second work, El mal menor, was awarded the prize for the best theatrical production by the Unnim de Teatro Award. Their last piece, El cielo de los tristes, won the best show at the III CENIT and FAD Sebastià Guasch Prize. In 2003 the company is selected for the European project modul-dance and starts a new creation in collaboration of several European dance houses.
Creation direction and performance: David Climent and Pablo Molinero. Music: Carles López, Pepe J. Gómez. Light design: Anna Rovira, Oscar de Paz. Technician: Chus Parcero. Costumes: loscorderos.sc. Management and production: Pilar López.
+ info: www.loscorderos.es
Òscar Sol i Iris Heitzinger – Trinity
An interactive audiovisual dance piece that narrates the journey of a body passing through different states of spatial perception. Through movement, the body is immersed in an environment of textures and audiovisual landscapes that not only accompany but it also push it towards a process of transformation. Through the close link between the triad of movement, light and sound, a language is shaped that allows the expression of these elements in space while generating profound changes in the physical behaviour of the body the reverberations and echoes of its own actions.
Óscar Sol works in the fields of visual arts and interactive technology and has specialised in the development of real-time generative visuals using the programming tool Jitter. In 2009 he launched the group project Electronic Performers. He has collaborated with Lectrovision, Eric Singer and Cristian Vogel, among others. Iris Heitzinger studied at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz and continued her training in England, Belgium and Finland. Freelance dancer and teacher, she is co-founder of the guinea pic collective and collaborates as a creator with artists from other fields. Ramón Prada is an internationally renowned musician and composer. His works include symphonic music, soundtracks, chamber music and sound spaces for theater plays. His recent compositions use the most experimental electronics and live sound and sound manipulation.
Original idea: Óscar Sol. Creation: Óscar Sol, Iris Heitzinger. Choreography and performer: Iris Heitzinger. Music: Ramón Prada/Vittus. Interactive design and visuals: Óscar Sol. Costumes: Ariadna Papiol.
A production of Electronic Performers. With the collaboration of NU2′s, Graner Centre de Creació and Mercat de les Flors.
+ info: http://electronicperformers.in
Olga Álvarez/La Taimada – Crash
Crash becomes the collapse of two bodies, of two souls united to melt, but also to get lost and crash. It is not a love story, it does not explain who its characters are, what they do or what they are worth. It only shows a piece, an interval in which the two characters cross, collide and jump over their own cliff.
Olga Álvarez trained with Anne Morin, Carles Sala, Andrew Harwood, Benoît Lachambre, Àngels Margarit, Jordi Cortés, Lipi Hernández, Alexis Eupierre and Thomas Hauert, among others. Since 2002 she has been a professional dancer with the companies Búbulus, Artur Villalba, Las Malqueridas, Didi Dorvillier and Magda Polo. In 2004, together with Leyre Llano, she created Cia. LaTaimada, in residency at La Caldera, La Danseria and Cal Bolet theatre. La taimada, Kuadrilater, Silenci: projecte XXI, Estimada Ventafocs, (M)alicia and Postmalicia are among her creations. For five years she has been artistic director at Festival Danza También, run by the Vilafranca City Council.
Direction: Olga Álvarez. Choreography: Marc Fernández, Angie Mas, Olga Álvarez. Performers: Marc Fernández, Angie Mas. Creative assistants: Beatriz Souza, Maribel Martínez. Music: Ilia Mayer. Production: Cia. LaTaimada. Technical production: Censet. Executive production: Anna Iglesias.
+ info: https://vimeo.com/channels/lataimada
El conde de Torrefiel – Observe how tiredness defeat the thought
The dramaturgy of the piece juxtaposes a basketball match where players measure their stamina, strength and skill. Meanwhile, a man and a woman discuss personal issues, questioning each other such vital concerns as love, politics, money, entertainment, art and death. Both the match and the conversation are invisibly linked by the idea of confrontation: a tour de force with the intended purpose of “winning” the game, whether playing basketball or defending an idea.
Pablo Gisbert and Tanya Beyeler lead El Conde de Torrefiel, a project whose works are the result of an oscillation between literature, art and choreography, and which seeks to transcend the parameters of verbal language. As if they were discourses or circumstantial hypotesis, their works shape an approach aimed at answering a bigger question: How do we transfer contemporary reality to the stage? The company began working professionally in 2010 and is part of the artistic team of the dance company La Veronal, working on the textual and dramaturgical composition of its pieces.
Conceived and devised by: El Conde de Torrefiel. Direction: Pablo Gisbert, Tanya Beyeler. Dramaturgic assistance: Celso Jiménez. Performers: Pablo Gisbert, Andreu Martínez, Jordi Rodríguez, guest basketball players. Text: Pablo Gisbert. Music: Frédéric Chopin, guest musical band.
With the support of La Porta (residency program Espacios Cómodos 11), Consell Nacional de la Cultura i les Arts-Generalitat de Catalunya and Institut Ramon Llull
+ info: www.elcondedetorrefiel.com
Pere Faura – Diari d’accions
Through the use of objects, body movement or video language, headlines from daily newspapers become a poetic and choreographic manifestation when they are acted out or broken up in a poetic and visual physical exercise that explores the frontier between language and action, between score and execution, between previous expectations and the final results, between linguistic literalities and theatrical metaphors.
Pere Faura graduated from School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2006 with a piece that won the ITS Festival Award and was selected for the DansClick tour of The Netherlands. The same year he started to work at the Teatre Frascati in Amsterdam as a resident choreographer. There he has developed most of his pieces, presented internationally. In 2009 he won the prestigious Charlotte Kohler Award. In 2001, after graduating from the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) with a Masters in Choreography, he returned to Barcelona and started to work on new productions and collaborate with other vistual artists such as Iñaki Álvarez, Joan Escofet and Aggtelek. His work is characterized by the appropiation of elements from pop culture such as strip-tease, musicals and porn, in a multidisciplinary choreography that incorporate all the elements comprising the theatrical medium.
Creation and direction: Iñaki Álvarez, Pere Faura. Light design and technician: Israel Quintero.
A production of Pere Faura and Iñaki Álvarez. With the support of the, Centro Coreográfico de La Gomera, Consell Nacional de la Cultura i les Arts-Generalitat de Catalunya and L’Estruch.
+ info: http://perefaura.com
Aimar Pérez Galí – Delta – A post-Believe Manifesto
What can we believe in when we have all the necessary critical apparatus to dismantle any theory, belief or movement? We are faced by a declaration of intentions on an experiential level, which will question the capitalistic paradigm of provoking constant surprises with the new, revisiting what are apparently already worn out procedures and methodologies, playing with the question: what if now I believe in this?
This choreographic score follows in the footsteps of minimalist artists from the 1970s like Lucinda Childs or Sol LeWitt. Mathematical and geometric calculations are used to play with expectations and establish a ritual that evokes the sublime: a closed repetitive structure that aims for a sustained, abstract state within a cosmic construction.
Aimar Pérez Galí works in the field of the performing arts. He graduated as a modern dance performer from the Amsterdam School of Arts of and is currently completing the MACBA’s Independent Studies Programme. He works abroad with Xavier LeRoy and Nicole Beutler, while also developing his own work and directing Espacio Práctico.
Concept and direction: Aimar Pérez Galí. Performers: Carme Torrent, Clara Tena/Javier Vaquero, Aimar Pérez Galí. Music: Sara Fontán. Music collaborators: Dani Vega, Björt Runarsdottir, Edi Pou, Lucrecia Dalt, Marc Abad. Light Design: Akim Hassani. Costumes: Jorque Dutor. Wigs and make-up: Paco Garrigues. Movement assistant: Laura Alcalà. Technician: Valeria Linera. Production: www.lafalla.net.
A co-production of Kunstcentrum BUDA and Mercat de les Flors. With the support of Institut Ramon Llull, Fàbrica de Creació Fabra & Coats and Graner Centre de Creació.
Albert Quesada – Solos Bach & Gould
A detailed study of Glenn Gould’s renowned interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations based on instructions for the dancer created in close relationship with the soundtrack and the pianist’s explanations. The musician records the variations, makes mistakes and tries again, discussing his way of playing and his recording. In this duet, which offers two new interpretations of the score, the movement both accompanies and directs the music.
After studying Philosophy and Engineering Multimedia, Albert Quesada trained at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and at the Hogeschool voor de Kunstern-MTD in Amsterdam. He has performed with Benjamin Vandewalle and, since 2009, dances with the company ZOO-Thomas Hauert. Together with Vera Tussing, he is on tour with Trilogy, which consists of three short pieces with musical structures, Slow Sports and Ensemble, his last piece. He is stage and video creator and, currently, he is preparing an exploration of how orchestral music is understood.
Choreography: Albert Quesada. Adaptation and created with: Federica Portello, Mireia de Querol, Petra Söör. Performers: two of the adaptators mentioned. Music: outtakes of Glenn Gould’s Goldberg Variations from J. S. Bach recordings (1955), interview with Glenn Gould about his last recording of the piece (1981). Sound and video editing: Albert Quesada.
A production of Albert Quesada. With the collaboration of Consell Nacional de la Cultura i les Arts-Generalitat de Catalunya and nadine. Residencies: BUDA Kunstercentrum, Centre Cultural de les Corts and Àngels Margarit/cia. Mudances studio. Sponsored by Cia. Búbulus – Carles Salas / La Caldera
+ info: http://veraalbert.wordpress.com