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Its been a while, but I wanted to share the link to download this past year's Contemporary Performance Almanac 2018. The Contemporary Performance Almanac 2018 is a crowd-funded and open-source overview of contemporary performance created or presented during the 2017/18 season available for touring now.

Here is the link!


Caden Manson


Big Art Group

Contemporary Performance Network

Special Effects Festival


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Recordings are available via dance-tech on Vimeo:


Organized by the Fritz Thyssen project “Collective Realization – The Workshop as an Artistic-Political Format” (Institute for Theatre Studies, Ruhr University, Bochum) in collaboration with the ICI Berlin and the PSR project “Our Dance” (Heizhaus/Uferstudios GmbH) in Berlin. Funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

Concept and Organization: Kai van Eikels and Stefan Hölscher.

Speakers: Zahra Ali Baba, Julia Bee, Sabeth Buchmann, Alice Chauchat, Bojana Cvejić, Diedrich Diederichsen, Gerko Egert, Konstantina Georgelou, Aernout Mik, Wadzanai Motsi-Khatai, Mila Pavićević, Hanna Poddig, Yvonne Rainer, Juli Reinartz, Xavier Le Roy, Heike Roms, Anne Schuh, and Sebastian Voigt.

Workshops and artistic presentations by: Jeanne-Jens Eschert, Bella Hager, Anne Mahlow, Lea Martini, Nana Melling, Aernout Mik, Marta Popivoda, and Doris Uhlich.

Assistant: Miedya Mahmod.
Graphic Design: Zahra Rashid.


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12249587456?profile=originalLUCHA is a AI research and creation project by Brisa MP human artist. Lucha is a machine for the performing arts. The project explores the notion of body-data and the collaboration between machines and humans, displacing  of the  choreographer category to the machine and activating a peaceful audience as representation of our controlled society.

LUCHA suggest the role of matters  are not, in the present day, and will ever be in future, only means of human expression and human creation, but they may one day enter into a de-hierarchical or even superior dialogue with the human race. LUCHA 1.0 is my first exploration into artificial intelligence that was created upon the performing art s and technology piece titled HERE.

LUCHA 1.0 with the support:

Creation Grant  Generalitat of Catalonia Culture Department .

Residence at MediaLab L´Estruch Creation Factory. HANGAR. Barcelona. 2020.

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OPENING July 17th 2021 






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Berlin-based collective StratoFyzika is currently in residency at Lake Studios Berlin as part of the DanceTech AIR, under the mentorship of Isadora creator Mark Coniglio. As we continue developing our latest project, Phi, we will continue to blog about the process.

Daria (dancer/choreographer):

We're at the point of putting it all together, finding transitions between sections, or conversely, non-transitions (this would be like a blunt change of thematic direction with no legible attempt at a smooth segue). It's interesting to me how the piece can start to become the transitions, and vice versa. That is, how a sharp, sudden shift in tone (resulting from one of these 'non-transitions') can start to inform the structure and meaning of the whole work. For instance, without giving away too much, we're playing with sharp, surprising shifts in lighting to help define segues and lead to what we know as a new section (though the audience, of course, won't necessarily read it that way). As we experiment, I am reminded of just how much lighting – such as a simple on/off – shapes and changes my perception of space and time. Particularly as an audience member attending a performance, sitting in darkness while watching a highly lit area, when the stage lights go off, you are literally blinded, nowhere and nowhen. It can feel like an eloquent palette cleanser, or a disorientng goof, depending on how you use it. Regardless, it always makes me suddenly and irrevocably aware of myself and my body, because that is all I can sense in that moment. So then that dislocation, especially if you use it repeatedly, becomes a palpable feature of the piece.

Movement-wise, I'm starting to settle into it more, to better understand how I physically inhabit it. Formally, this piece can be quite complex. One section in particular is structured very intricately and requires constant counting, but the counts and rhythms between Hen and I alternately go in and out of sync, so I have to be careful not to get so caught up in her timing that I lose all track of my own, or conversely, to become so self-focused that I miss those moments of synchronicity with her. It's a delicate balancing act between autonomy and connectivity. Likewise, the ceaseless counting can start to bind me physically, so I have to remember to find release and abandon within the control, something I think every artist can relate to.  

Ale (visual and lighting designer):

Keywords for the lighting work are 





time shift








The lighting transforms the stage during the entire performance into an architectural machine . Four stage lights are positioned at the 4 highest corners of the stage, while two projectors are on the ground along two opposite sides of that same square. Playing with the different nature of PAR cans lights and projection, we aim to find interesting ways to reveal the bodies and tell their movement .

From the very beginning of our work on Phi, lighting sound and movement have been developed in parallel. This kind of workflow has been very satisfying in the way every small progress in one of the fields inspires unexpected approaches to the other two.

One of the very first ideas was using quick flashes to highlight small portions of the bodies. This way we could reconstruct the choreography by showing/hiding, putting together small chunks of the original movement and giving it another shape. We could easily notice, during these tests, how the body transformed into a composition of many other bodies while being sculpted and dissolved.

The flashing, coming from different directions, was particularly disorienting when seen from the static point of view of the audience and these body chunks, once immersed into that specific space/time environment, were opening up to new possibilities and interpretations.

When we met again at Cultivamos Cultura (Sao Luis, Portugal) for the first residency, watching an updated version of the choreography where the different materials were coming together in the shape of real sections inspired me to push this flashing idea further. As the simple body movements were chasing each other in repetition and variation, the lighting score could lose its spatial randomness and start following a circular path ( the one of a loop ). This way the stage became a rotating reference frame in which the perception of said repetitiveness could be distorted by speeding up and down this visual looping reference clock.

4 lights at the 4 edges, fading in and out one after the other, as to give a key to read the inner repetition happening in the movement. As your perception of the motion of a train changes if you are you sitting on another train moving in parallel to the first one.

The idea of having an audience on two sides came when we were brainstorming about lighting positions in relationship to choreographic pathways. As we noticed it could be interesting offering two simultaneous points of view, the movement was redistributed in the space according to that, and we added to the set-up two projectors pointing towards the center of the stage from opposite sides .

The use of projectors makes it possible to work at higher speeds, and the character of their light beam, combined with a fog machine,  is able to fill the space with solid dense physical light. The space surrounding the stage disappears in the dark. While the dancers move through it, they pierce that material and phase in and out with a backlight - frontlight repetition game .This particular lighting suddenly brings the audience way closer to the performers, creating a much more intimate environment.


For this piece we decided to win some time using already-assembled sensors systems by x-io technologies, rather than starting from scratch and design our own as we did in the past.

The two sensing units, one for each dancer, are equipped with accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. We are currently experimenting with calculations between these data to be able to extract interesting values to be used to control properties of light and sound.  An interesting approach could be calculating difference values between the two body movements, to be able to highlight the phasing out that gradually happens after a unison.


(Anthony McCall´s work inspired the use of projectors and fog to create physical lighting dimensions).

12249581265?profile=original(Photo edit of Daria Kaufman in rehearsal for Phi)


(Schematic of lighting trajectories in Phi)

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6th-7th Februry 2016 Ackerstadt Palast Berlin

Connecting Fingers (Theatre Dance Performance -45 Minutes- English):
An encounter with some refugees.
In attempting to connect with their stories, dancers will lead us on a second journey.

The Birthday - Short Film (16 Minutes, Mandarin/English with german subtitles) Berlin Premiere

Two taiwanese girls, Ron and May, are living in Berlin. As Ron’s birthday approaches, the different love that they feel for each other places them in front of a meaningful change.

Nomination Best Cinematography ShanghaiPride 2015 -
14 Festivals Official Selection
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We will present a short version of The Wheel Connecting Fingers Company at the EnglishTheatre Berlin for the Festival Expat Expo-

2nd April 2017 from 2pm-

We will be thrilled to share with you this new project--
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Are you a choreographer based in Europe?

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. Each year the Aerowaves network selects 20 of the most promising emerging choreographers, promotes their work, and creates performance opportunities with Aerowaves' Partners. Apply to Aerowaves and get a chance to have your work programmed by the partners of the network, whether or not you are selected as Aerowaves artists. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year.

Applications open at 9am on 1 June 2016 and close at midnight on 12 September 2016.

Should you be selected as one of the Aerowaves Twenty, your work will be promoted by Aerowaves via its website for one year by an artist profile, with images, video and calendar all in one place. You may be selected to perform your work at our Spring Forward Festival. We guarantee to programme at least 10 of the current Aerowaves Twenty artists in the festival each year.

Eligibility criteria:

• You must be resident in Europe to apply

• You may apply with only one work per year

• The work you are submitting must have been made in geographical Europe

• Your work must be 15-40 minutes in length

• Your work should be easily included in a double or triple bill and have simple technical requirements

• Work by postgraduate students is eligible, but not work by undergraduates

• You must fill in the Aerowaves application form correctly, upload your video to Vimeo, providing us with the link and the password if necessary and send us the original video file by We Transfer

• Previous Aerowaves applicants, successful or unsuccessful, may apply again - but you cannot apply with the same work twice Should artists be programmed by Aerowaves partners, they will be paid an agreed fee plus travel, accommodation, and per diem.


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A worldwide call for projects made via Ars Electronica’s online submission tool will be open from mid of December till 9th of February, 2015. The submitting artists have the chance to win a residency at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile. There is free access to the application process by all interested artists.

Interdisciplinarity, digital creativity and intercultural exchange are the three key criteria for artists submitting to the open call.

We are looking for digital artists who will be truly inspired by ESO, showing their wish to engage with the ideas and with ESO as places of scientific collaboration, using them as springboards of the imagination which dare to go beyond the paradigm.


You might be a choreographer, performer, visual artist, film maker or a composer – what you all have in common is that you use the digital as the means of making your work and/or the way of presenting it.

Deadline: 9th February, 2015

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Between the Seas Festival accepts submissions for its 5th edition

(September 7-13 2015 at the Wild Project, New York).

Between the Seas, New York City's only international Mediterranean performing arts festival, is currently accepting submissions for its 5th edition, scheduled to take place in Manhattan's Wild Project theater, from Sept 7-13 in 2015. Artists of the Mediterranean and Mediterranean diaspora as well as artists with a working interest in the region, collaborations between non-Mediterranean and Mediterranean artists, are all invited to apply.

Curated by Aktina Stathaki, the festival boasts a highly eclectic and daring programming that has so far included established and upcoming artists from Greece, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and beyond. Some of the artists that have been presented at Between the Seas are: Malika Zarra, Nejla Yatkin, Korhan Basaran, Pedro Gomes, Rachel Erdos, Ido Tadmor, Elias Aguirre, Esteve Soler, Yiannis Mavritsakis, The Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa, Mancopy Dansekompagni and more.

This year the festival will accept submissions in 3 different categories: young artists/new works, dedicated to emerging artists and performance in-development; main program, that will present more established companies; and new plays intended for stage readings. Submission guidelines can be accessed here. The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 5, 2015. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to: For more information visit:

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online event at

March 21–22

– Launch of e-book 'Water Views: Caring and Daring' with editorial team and guest authors
– Meditation for water with renowned guest singer from Chennai, India
– Balance-Unbalance Conference launch with its founder Ricardo Dal Farra, film screening & performances

SESSION 1 – your time:

SESSION 2 – your time:

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E-book is available for free download in its entirety and by individual chapters.
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Table of Contents
1. Opening - performances: Ulay, Jason Lim and online-performers
2. Voice of the Future - youth projects: performances, conservation
3. Activism, Art & Science - projects catalysing change at many levels
4. Art & Science - interdisciplinary dialogue and interaction
5. Hydrology – Past & Future - from India, Greece, Tunisia, California and
6. Conservation & Transmission - water rights, festivals, cultural
heritage and museums
7. Care & Dare - water values re-envisaged by community groups
8. Performance - live art, outdoor actions & online-performances designed
Waterwheel’s creative collaboration interface ‘the Tap’
9. Hydrosonics - a sound art festival hosted at NYU by Ear to the Earth

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LAND V.0 is a project that investigates physical versus virtual space, and how time, space and presence are embodied via the internet towards the creation of a communicating relationship. A collaborative project between Lisa Parra, choreographer (USA) and Daniel Pinheiro, video/media artist (Portugal) for developing methods for artistic research using telecommunication technologies.
The project between Lisa Parra and Daniel Pinheiro started as a collaboration within the Minded Motion lab #MetaAcademy – realized during the Bates Dance Festival 2013 – organized by Marlon Barrios Solano, Rachel Boggia, Nancy Stark Smith and Josephine Dorado. An online lab dedicated to the exploration of embodiment activities and co-creation across the internet.

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WANTED: FEMALE ACTORS with movement skills or DANCERS with

acting skills, FOR ELENA BAJO'S PERFORMANCE With Entheogenic

Intent (Burn the Witch) AT 18TH STREET ARTS CENTER, LOS



The piece is created by Elena Bajo, a visual artist who has exhibited

internationally and focuses on the social, political aspects of the site in the

city of Los Angeles. Bajo combines performance with large scale

installations to investigate the political and social conditions of change in

post-industrial structures, creating site specific work and a space of

collective action.

The performers will be required to perform in the space of 18th Street Arts

Center. They will be required to do both improvised and choreographed

script/movements determined before hand with the artist. The generator

of the piece is a political text/poem. This political text-manifesto will be

handed to the performers and it will be used to generate their individual

script/choreography. Total duration of the performance around 20 min.


3 days, total: 2 days (1h/day) one on one individual work with the

artist and 1 day (1h/day) run-through in the space with all performers

If you are interested in this project please send ASAP an email to including a web link to video file where your work

can be seen , one image and a brief bio/cv. Express very briefly why you

want to participate in the project. You will be contacted by email to

proceed forward. If you don't have a link to video online let me know and

Ithe artist would send you a text fragment to prepare something short 1-2

min that you could record in Skype or video camera or iphone.

For your participation you will receive a small fee, copy of video footage

and photos of the performance as well as credits in the program. This is

an event widely advertised and expected to be a good exposure. Please

only apply if you are interested in being part of an experimental piece,

outside of the comfort zone, that is the spirit of this project.

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Introducing Beat Cultural Lab

My name is Vanessa Vargas. I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I'm a contemporary dancer and performer, BA (Licenciate) in social communication, MA in communication for social development. I have worked in these areas for over 10 years. I recently moved to Astoria, NYC -I have been an American Resident for more than a decade, traveling from Venezuela to the US for studies, formation and specific projects-, and  I would love to continue sharing this project. I am openly looking  for the opportunity to continue developing my work in these fields and expanding my horizons in this city. 
As a dancer and social researcher, with my husband Daniel Esparza (art historian-philosopher and musician) we have undertaken a project of social development through arts -Beat Cultural Lab-. We have already developed this project in Venezuela but we want to give it a try in NYC, with the support and collaboration of institutions like yours. If you want any more details on our project, you can check my website at am interested in your feedback, recommendations and insights on the matter. 
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THÆTA is the third performance of StratoFyzika’s Shadows Trilogy. With new collaborations in sound and interactivity (sensors building, coding), the concept still steeped in the subconscious realms and dealing with the ego: the dark and light shadow aspects of self (as in the first two parts of the trilogy) but also on the edge of the conscious, waking self; visions on the edge of sleep, whispy light shadows, multi-dimensional geometric objects, sudden sound as if from the halls of a mind in a dream state. 
This liminal zone is a state referred to as Hypnogogia. 

THÆTA embodies this borderland state. 

All merge onto the stage, interactively; body dynamics, auditory sensations and visuals function as the culmination of parts into one constellation in live performance.


Interactive Stratum

The aim of introducing interactivity in our work is to engage a live performative environment where the movement is able to affect the sound and the image as well as with those elements. To accomplish this task in a meaningful way, something beyond a 1 to 1 connection between sensors and effects parameters should be achieved. Data is not information until it is analyzed and transformed. In this direction, different pattern and gesture recognition algorithms are applied to the values coming from the sensors in order to extract the key steps out of the choreography. This technique allows the performer to establish a set of movements to create a new language within the scope of a particular performance.

Sensing Stratum

Body-mounted sensors: three-axial accelerometers and a gyroscope, are being used as the primary sensing mechanism for quantification of temporal variations in motion and gesture. THÆTA uses a specifically designed prototype of wearable electronic devices whose main module is based on Arduino Fio, and an x-bee module for wireless communication.

Sound Stratum

The soundtrack for THÆTA is composed of abstract atmospheres and drones which at a certain point morph into rhythmic patterns and lead the piece to its most intense conclusion. The sound synthesis process is connected to the sensors' signals and the overall quantity of movement is mapped to the occurrence of sound, which shapes refinements with movement data’s details. The sonification of images and movements aims to hypnotize the audience with various tricks, from noise cacophonies to otoacustic emissions - a physiological reaction to a couple of pure tones that makes the ear hair cells resonate and produce a tone.

The main sound sources have been selected from the archives of a free experimental sound internet library, curated and maintained by Thalamus Lab. The project launched an open call called Experimental Sound Lab and many artists from different countries contributed to create a collaborative library.

Visuals Stratum

The stage is designed by the visuals around and together with the performer, investigating the liminal zone through the use of live sketch techniques as well as morphing shapes modeling, audio-driven geometric patterns and pre-shot shadows characters appearences. The projections narrative takes the shape of a path, sinking into the black subconscious world, giving birth to a night creature, shaping its visions and then re-emerging to face the sharp cold touch of the light beam.

Over the whole performance experience, specific interactivity is being used to let gestures drive specific visual impressions. The interactive part of the visuals shows a complex system, where the interaction of a large number of individuals creates a new entity with a different behavior than just the addition of the single ones. This emergent behavior is modeled following the classic flocking rules written by Craig Reynolds in 1986 (separation, alignment and cohesion). To those we added a few more like a bounding area, a noise field or a perlin random walker.

Movement Stratum

The dancer’s torgue, bend, twisting and qualities of movement is the consequence of the mind directing the body’s reactions on/into the audiovisual environment. In THÆTA, the movement is focused on the embodiment of a character which is in contact with light and dark shadows, traveling through the hypnogogic state via an (imagined) Theta wave state. The choreography on it’s own is a movement map written through common brainstorm and then broken down into sections either with specific set choreography and/or an improvised score sometimes employing the Atavistic Technique.


Hen Lovely Bird : creative direction, movement writer / 

Alessandra Leone / creative direction, visual content /

Davic Nod / sound project /

Thomas Van Ta / creative code /

Giovanni-Marco Zaccaria / wearable sensors design & development

Jeanette Bruneau Rossow / costume design /

Thanx to:

B-Seite festival crew
Dario-Jacopo Laganà // photography
Oriol Pastor //creative coding
L'estruch MediaLab - Sabadell

Audio contributors: Felix Blume,Jovica Storer, Dave Pape, Tessa Elief, Dizzy Banjo, Suonho, PJCohen, Virotic, Gabriela Parra, Freed, SubFeld, Sandyrb, Richard Frohlich, Batchku, Patchen, Than van Nispen, Melack, Marco Madia, PoisedToGlitch, Spt3125, Nirtana, Lost Chocolate Lab, J. Simon van der Walt, Koops, Milo, ERH, AlienXXX, Daniel Blinkhorn, Pluja de Metall, Katarrhaktes, Jef Aerts, JQR, David Flood, Kyle Evans, M. Wissar, Toko Okuda //

Special thanx go to the people who have been contributing to our crowd funding, supporting the production costs for the piece.

with love,
Tina Zimmerman
Wolfram Lakaszus,
Lisa and Jerry Hicks
Garth Webb
Alexandros Drymonitis
Alison Colman
Carly Pick
Margery Fairchild
Daria Kaufman
Gautam Agarwal
Savannah Lees-Haley
Michael Jenkins
Susanne Kirchmayr
Donna Larson
John and Jo Larson
Cio Dorbandt
Han Van Acoleyen
Mumu Mariane Charline Hernandez
Brianne Crabtree
Audrey Panven
Ian Smith-Heisters
Claudia Frickemeier
Tommaso Leone
Judy Kaufman
Helga Jäckel
Mary Franck

and our Private donators, of course.

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Ma'akaf online magazine - now also in english

Hello Everybody,

on our new issue you can find (among other things) an interview with Bojana Bauer and an essay by Monica Gillette describing her vision on the similarities between dramaturgy and film editing.

you can also upload information regarding workshops, performances etc.

Ma'akaf - online magazine for performance



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Evoking an alternative version of the ancient Greek myth, I-CARE-US is a new interactive digital performance that anticipates a not-so-distant future, where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will be part of our domestic air space.

Delivering medicine, pizzas or newspapers, as contemporary versions of the carrier pigeon or even as falconry of the digital age, flying robots are invading the skies questioning their applications and the way they may share space with us. The narrative development of this performance also guides a parallel research project in human robot interaction, searching to apply insights from theatre robotics to the field of social robotics. 

UAVs started recently to be part of artistic objects, as in the case of pieces like “Meet your creator” or “Spaxels”, where these flying robots are the sole performers in astonishing collective visual choreographies. In I-CARE-US they star along terrestrial and suspended human dancers, engaging in a mutual discovery, which evokes an interspecies dialogue exploring the limits of direct contact.

I-CARES-US has been developed along the last two years and will be premiered at the end of 2013.

To follow the project´s development visit:


Fernando Nabais

Stephan Jürgens


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The Dare

12249539870?profile=originalSoledad Barrios dares to touch us, to appeal to our empathy, and evoke an image of courage despite impossible circumstances. This ‪Madrileña‬, acclaimed by Alastair Macauley to be one of the greatest dancers of any genre, seems now to transcend dance all together. She commands our attention, emotionally and spiritually. She could be singing an aria or standing for a painter wrestling with a portrait of dignity in the face of death. 


When I first saw Soledad perform, Noche Flamenca was still an idea yet to be conceived. She had come to perform in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the invitation of Martin Santangelo, her current husband, father of her two children, and artistic director of Noche Flamenca. Martin was performing then for Maria Benitez Company, along with Alejandro Granados, a dancer from a family of flamencos, known for his relaxed, eccentric wit who is performing this week in Noche Flamenca. Almost twenty years ago now, Soledad was fast and feisty. Her fury was infectious. It was all I could do to keep from challenging her to a fight back-stage. In-your-face, raw, and scrappy, she had an erotic edge. 


Perhaps Soledad was just picking up the trend in flamenco at that time, which was to go as fast and punk as possible. But over time, she has sanded off those rough edges, matured her intense dance with elegance and and restraint. For a time, she moved with an archness that was playful. Slowly her presence became her masterpiece, more than her steps or style, her look, as precise as those are. Now a shade of raw is re-emerging. Miraculously, her performance of the flamenco "palo" Solea seems to bypass a personal statement to speak for anyone who endures pain, alone.


Never having witnessed Sarah Bernhardt, I can't compare Soledad to that legend but I can bow to a choreography and presence that dares to tackle tragedy. The overlapping of the singers at the beginning of her solo continues to haunt me with its poignancy. I wonder what Pina Bausch would have thought of her performance, what notes she would give her or further challenges.


Noche Flamenca continues at the Joyce Theater through Sunday, September 30th.

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Roberto Oliván estrena "A place to bury strangers" (ver vídeo) en el Mercat de les Flors del 18 al 20 y del 25 al 27 de enero de 2013.

Por este motivo, compartimos con vosotros este artículo de Nerea Aguilar para Danza Ballet sobre el artista:


Roberto Oliván, la coherencia de un artista comprometido y multidisciplinar

De Roberto Oliván (Tortosa, 1972) podemos valorar su paso por PARTS (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, fundadora de la compañía Rosas, para la cual él también bailó), su contacto, también en su residencia en Bélgica durante doce años, conBob Wilson y Trisha Brown, su estudio de las artes circenses; es decir, podemos valorar su poderosa y potente trayectoria artística.
Pero lo que diferencia a los grandes artistas no es su currículum, sino el uso que hagan de él, de sus experiencias, de su entorno, del tiempo que va cambiando a su paso por la vida, de su filosofía sobre el arte, sobre la vida, sobre la sociedad, sobre el ser humano, y cómo esto realmente sepan fusionarlo, como camino obligatorio de entenderse a sí mismos y su arte, para darle forma en un espectáculo. 

Roberto Oliván es por tanto un artista contemporáneo, que se ha dejado seducir sin miedos por las disciplinas, que ha sabido fusionar lo popular y lo elevado de la técnica, porque su mente es dinámica y enérgica y no entiende el arte de otra forma que, por tanto, no sea de varios ámbitos; un arte nunca estático, siempre en movimiento porque el artista se alimenta de todo lo que le rodea. Y consigue que su coherencia traspase la escena y no sea simplemente un propósito de creación, en el que se decide llevar a cabo una fusión de elementos, gentes, temas porque es lo bueno o lo que se lleva, sino que consigue una coherencia consigo mismo a partir de entender el arte como algo orgánico en continuo movimiento, como es el ser humano en sí mismo, que “entra en una cadena de acción-reacción”.




De farra cartel

El arte como expresión de lo que está sucediendo, y lo que sucede a nuestro alrededor no es algo aislado, no podemos extrapolarlo de tantas otras cosas de las que se alimenta. Lo que está sucediendo hoy día se da en las calles, en los barrios, en los pueblos, en las plazas, en los mercados. Algo pasa también en nuestras cabezas, cuando nos hacemos las preguntas de siempre sobre nosotros mismos y nuestro camino a la felicidad, cuando buscamos disfrutar de la vida y aprovecharla al máximo, cuando nos preguntamos qué queremos. Porque como un animal, Roberto, está olisqueando a su alrededor, saboreando las cosas y generándose preguntas.

Roberto Oliván arriesga, crea espontáneo, evita el miedo y se sale del formato típico de la danza contemporánea y del público que se espera de ella y del espacio que le sirve de acicate para sus creaciones.

Su compañía Enclave es de nuevo otra muestra de su contemporaneidad. Es trabajar en grupo pero no olvidar al individuo, porque no podemos olvidarnos de nosotros mismos en estos tiempos, pero estamos en sociedad y rodeados satisfechos de individuos de muy distintas procedencias.

El kiosko de las almas perdidas 

Y se lo ha querido comer todo desde sus creaciones. Porque ve de absoluta naturalidad y orgánico un arte que junte todas estas cosas y las muestre bajo las formas del arte circense y la danza contemporánea. Los artistas de circo son fuertes, son enérgicos, son hábiles físicamente, y si consiguen salirse del bloqueo muscular pueden ser grandes bailarines. Y el circo no tiene por qué reñir con la danza. De la danza le interesan otras cosas, la técnica, pero sobre todo ese camino a lo personal, esa indagación en el yo del ser humano. Se le abre entonces un gran abanico de posibilidades que coge con la soltura de quien no le teme a la acción, sea física o interior.

La modernidad está también en lo cotidiano, y Roberto se alimenta de lo cotidiano para sus creaciones. Lo cotidiano como muestra de las gentes que le enseñan. De ellas aprende las filosofías que descubre en sí mismo, y sin darse cuenta repite métodos de creación que le llevan a esa cercanía con la gente, se sale de su sala, de la típica cerrazón de los “artistas”, encerrados en su ego, para abrir sus puertas a lo normal, lo popular y lo inmediato por ser cercano y vivo.

El hombre contemporáneo es aquel que también sabe de sus contradicciones y que aprende de ellas, como Roberto, de sus raíces de pueblo y su vida en las grandes ciudades. De todo se puede aprender y todo nos enriquece.

De todo este conglomerado salen piezas como De Farra. La fiesta en la calle es el origen, la música, la mezcla de personas, de influencias de diversos países, la mezcla de colores, sonidos y energías, como el mismísimo Kusturica.

Homeland supone el verdadero reflejo de la fusión bien hecha de gentes de circo, bailarines y músicos en directo. La cercanía entre los mundos se produce poco a poco, mientras los de circo se despojan de su rigidez y se van adentrando en el mundo de las emociones, los bailarines deben trazar su línea en sentido contrario, hacia lo acrobático. Así, Homeland no puede ser ni danza ni circo, puede serlo todo o puede no ser nada, porque no tiene por qué tener una etiqueta, porque al llegar a la coherente naturalidad no distingamos tan claramente los mundos, sino que los disfrutemos como lógica de acción-reacción bajo esa proximidad física e interior en la que indaga.

El kiosko de las almas perdidas nace de nuevo de un hecho cotidiano, del movimiento y la vida que se produce en una lonja de Vigo. Esta pieza es un encargo del Centro Coreográfico Gallego y por tanto el proceso es diferente, las dificultades son otras, pero a pesar de eso ahí está su cabeza, buscando en las preguntas eternas sobre las normas de la sociedad, la búsqueda de la felicidad, el lugar del individuo, etc.

Roberto quiere volver a su trabajo multidisciplinar; quiere retomar el circo para sus creaciones, porque lo echa de menos. No sabemos si lo que echa de menos es la diversión que aporta con energía el circo y lo gustoso de verlo dado de la mano de la belleza de la danza, o si, por el contrario, lo que echa de menos es tener la sensación de que abarcando más y sin miedo está llegando a sentirse más en su yo, porque está abierto al otro, y el otro es tanto y tan grande y el verdadero artista tan abierto y tan generoso que obligatoriamente se tiene que producir un placer vital en su creación.



El kiosko de las almas perdidas

Y es que no quiero que alguien que despliega y “malmezcla” medios y ámbitos artísticos me diga que es Artista, no quiero que alguien desde lo alto, arriba en las esferas, se proclame comprometido con su sociedad, su tiempo, la vida y toda la filosofía e intelectualidad que cree poseer; no quiero acudir a grandes teatros o pequeñas salas, me da igual, para ver lo mismo mientras que quien lo muestra se cree el más moderno. No quiero, por tanto, que creen para mí, para mis ojos, es decir, artificialmente para impresionarme. El espectáculo llega a mis pelos para ponerlos como escarpias si me lo das con sinceridad. No quiero las incoherencias creativas y personales de artistas con aires de grandeza; quiero la humildad, quiero el sentido lógico y sano y natural de quienes crean desde su yo humilde y abierto, que lo ofrecen a la gente más normal, con la generosidad de saberse igual, con la espontaneidad de la energía de querer vivir-crear sin los límites que ponga ni el ego ni la hipocresía.

Pero este tipo de artista está en extinción. Roberto Oliván es ese animal en extinción, al que hay que buscar en el Delta del Ebro y “en clave” de muchas cosas, y que gracias a él, como a otros, la naturaleza artística contemporánea muestra la cercanía a la realidad de lo que creíamos ideal.


Texto: Nerea Aguilar
Publicado en Danza Ballet

Añadimos aquí un par de fotos tomadas durante la improvisación de Roberto Oliván en la Noche de Danza, Costa Contemporánea 2012:
Fotografías de @Pollobarba




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