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The Cabildo de Tenerife is celebrating International Dance Day this weekend with different activities as it continues with its commitment to this discipline -which it has supported from the start- by organising a performance in La Laguna, several workshops and a great exhibition of different local schools that are welcomed on Sunday, the 28th at the foyer of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The details of this celebration were disclosed today, Friday, the 26th at a press conference by the Head of Artistic Projects of Auditorio de Tenerife, Enrique Camacho; the coordinator of the Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV, Javier Cuevas; and the dance teacher of Teatro Victoria, Patricia Monroy.

Enrique Camacho explained that “the Cabildo has been applying policies to support dance for many years, always with the sector’s collaboration, in an attempt to put it in the position it deserves”. “Although this is a very important celebration for us, at Auditorio de Tenerife we celebrate dance 365 days a year”, he added.

In the same line, Javier Cuevas stated that “this International Day is important, but more so is the steady support received from Cabildo de Tenerife, to groups of Canarian dance, who have solid circuits and high-level Canarian creators, who have won different national dance awards”.

In Patricia Monroy’s opinion “all the island’s schools celebrating together International Dance Day at Auditorio de Tenerife are being part of a great event, a day when we share moments with all our colleagues”. The dance teacher encourages the public “to dance, whether you’re a dancer or not, it’s really therapeutic”.

The first activity is taking place tonight [Friday, 26] at 9:00 pm at Sala Principal of Teatro Leal in La Laguna with the show Should they may be, by Centro Coreográfico de La Gomera. The driving force behind this piece, created and performed by Gregory Auger and Martín Padrón, is the complexity of human beings and their need to express, tell, convey, and the noise in their busy, restless minds, which are difficult to tame.

The show deals with concepts like human strengths and weaknesses, their vital need to move, feel and go down a path as well as the fall into the abyss of thoughts, lack of faith, freezing fear, and the need to free themselves from their traumas. Tickets can be purchased at Teatro Leal box office from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, the 27th, an activity is taking place at Sala de Cámara of Teatro Leal under the title “Experiencia de sentimiento a través del cuerpo físico y mental para vivenciar y magnificar nuestra presencia: aplicación de los Elementos Fundadores Básicos del Movimiento en contextos artísticos, socioeducativos y sanitarios” [Experience feeling through the physical and mental body to magnify our presence: applying the Basic Founding Elements of Movement in artistic, socio-educational and health contexts]. 

This free event is aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, dance and movement arts teachers, psychologists, choreographers, artists related to dance, to the movement and body arts, and to everyone who has an interest in treating their bodies in psychosomatic, socio-political and health aspects. Both activities are part of the Tenerife LAV programme, of the Cabildo’s Distrito de las Artes.

On Sunday the 28th, Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes a great dance festival with the participation of 34 schools and academies of the island, which will exhibit such different styles as flamenco, classical, hip-hop or contemporary. Admission is free.

Performances start at 4:00 pm and include the screening of a video with the Message for International Dance Day, which in 2019 is by Karima Mansour, Egyptian dancer, choreographer and educator.

This established yearly event of Auditorio de Tenerife is part of its Educational and Social Area with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

The schools taking part are: Centro Internacional de Danza Tenerife, Colegio Hispano Inglés, Escuela Municipal de Danza de El Sauzal, Escuela Flamenca Ana Lamadrid, Academia LatinSalsa, Escuela de Danza Pointe, Escuela de Danza de La Laguna Lenita Lindell, Centro de Formación Teatro Victoria, Colegio Nuryana, ADL Dance, Club Deportivo Tinerdanza, Escuela de Música y Danza de Adeje (EMMA), Grupo Coreográfico Colegio Virgen del Mar, Escuela Municipal de Danza Candelaria, Escuela de Ballet La Salle S.I., Ballet Chic & Chic, Colegio Alemán, Claqué Tenerife, Estudio de Danza Onelia Hernández, Prodance Tenerife, Colegio Carmen Alvarez de la Rosa, Barranco Hondo, Pura Salsa y Sabor, Escuela de Baile, Curso de danza, EMOD Ayuntamiento de Guía de Isora, Academia Ana Manrique, Corazón Flamenco, Escuela Danza María Mora, Urban Dance de Güimar, Danza Clásica Pureza de María (Santa Cruz y La Cuesta), ele.Be.Studio, Evolución Ballet, Proyecto2022, BH Dance Barranco Hondo, Studio54 Dance y Orbital Mambo.

Apart from the exhibition, Auditorio de Tenerife rounds the day off with some training sessions to take place from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The bachata workshop, given by teachers Cesar Méndez Jorge and Bibiana Muñoz García of Academia LatinSalsa, will be held at Sala Multiusos and is targeted at youths and adults wishing to learn the basic steps of this dance. Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced worldwide.

There is also another workshop in sevillanas and rumbas, at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife given by Ana Manrique de Lara Gonzalez and Aida Herrera Ramírez of Academia Ana Manrique. This session is addressed to children aged 3 to 14 and is an initiation in sevillanas and rumba. At 6:00 pm they will have the chance to show what they have learnt in each workshop at Plaza Castillo, outside Auditorio. Please register for free on www.auditoriodetenerife.com

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Danza en Comunidad, the social department of Tenerife Danza, starts a new course with 20 groups enrolled. The team welcomed the agents involved in the projects at a function that took place at Auditorio de Tenerife. The event was attended by the heads and participants of the groups or communities, open call applicants, local programmers, artistic collaborators and a representative of the project “Amiguitos y amiguitas” [Little friends] of Cabildo de Tenerife and La Laguna University.

The aim of these meetings is to agree initiatives regarding the work to be done during the project. “Danza en Comunidad also acts as mediator between different cultural agents, groups and individuals who want dance, body and movement to be used as a tool of personal and social transformation”, project coordinator Laura Marrero explained.

Professionals Cristina Hernández, Raquel Jara and Carmen Macías complete the Danza en Comunidad team, who for seven years has shared the experience of a professional of the art of movement through sessions structured in a dancer’s routine: warm up, working on stage presence and the construction of a dance show.

In this last stage, the atmosphere is filled with creativity, participation, collective creation and expression of the inner worlds of every participant. “Everyone contributes to the idea, the movements, the theme and even the costume for the stage design that will finally get made”, Marrero says.

The project currently has six programmes to offer the groups: Tarjeta de visita [Business Card], Juntos [Together], Cita a ciegas [Blind Date], Isla flotante [Floating Island], Transmisión [Transmission] and Paso a Paso [Step by Step]. There is also a continuation activity every Tuesday at Auditorio de Tenerife for people who have taken part in the project as a member of a group and wish to go on individually.

Also, Creadores en Comunidad is carried out once a year. It consists of a guest choreographer who makes a dance show for different participants. This year, Daniel Morales will be taking part in the project to work with teenagers. Danza en Comunidad also welcomes ideas of artists wishing to collaborate in the project.

There is an open call every year for people wishing to be part of the work done with the groups, they can register at Auditorio de Tenerife website.

Two new programmes were carried out last year and we started having two get-togethers a year with the participants to evaluate, create and build together. A total of over 700 people have experienced the art of movement thanks to Danza en Comunidad, which is part of Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

In the six years the Project has been on, the Danza en Comunidad team has put on as many shows as groups they have worked with using the values chosen by the groups: respect, beauty, friendship, justice, courage, sensitivity and love. Working with so many people has revealed two main concepts the project currently focuses on: identity and coexistence.

In Danza en Comunidad they respect the time every individual needs to take in the dance tools, trying to find maximum mobility for each body with the aim of maximising the physical pleasure of moving. The relationship with the group, agreements, taking part, movement and ideas are key to build an atmosphere where everyone can exercise their right to move, create and express their sensitivity. 

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Auditorio de Tenerife’s resident dance company, Lava, features in the programme of dFeria, la feria de teatro y danza de San Sebastián, in the Basque Country.  They are performing the first pieces of their repertoire, Bending the walls and Beyond, tomorrow, Tuesday, the 12th at 8:00 pm at Teatro Victoria Eugenia. Cabildo de Tenerife’s Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero, and Lava’s artistic director, Daniel Abreu (Premio Nacional de Danza 2014, 3 MAX awards 2018), revealed the details of Lava’s first performance outside the Islands, at a press conference where Norka Chiapuso,  dFeria’s director, was also present.

José Luis Rivero explained that “at Auditorio de Tenerife  we’ve been working on contemporary dance for 15 years and have created steady structures within what we call  Tenerife Danza: Lava company, the Pedagogical Unit, and Danza en Comunidad”. The goals established by Lava, which premiered last December, include giving value to Canarian dance and insisting on working choreographic languages which have not been quite relevant as far”, he stated.

Daniel Abreu said that “it’s a pleasure to present these two pieces at dFeria”. Lava’s artistic director pointed out that “Bending the Walls, by Fernando Hernando Magadan, is about psychological resistance expressed through a very technical, clean language, displayed from a purity that is most often linked to the great European companies; and in Beyond, La Intrusa’s approach is as if they walked into a science fiction film, while they try to make a narrative full of different textures, which have to do with the difficulties of being”. “We’ll see two very different stories and their difference will surprise the audience”, Daniel Abreu revealed.

Bending the walls, by Fernando Hernando Magadan, current head of Nederlands Dans Theater 2, is a production of KorzoTheater and NDT. It is an exploration on the world of restrictions and limitations in the search for happiness, freedom and understanding: the physical and psychological limits within the self and the surrounding world. Bending the walls will be performed by Luis Agorreta, Javier Arozena, Emiliana Battista Marino, Dácil González, Amanda Rubio and Virginia Martín.

On the other hand, Beyond, by La Intrusa company, winner of Premio Nacional de Danza 2015, is the work of Virginia García and Damián Muñoz. The piece deals with the experience of searching through the emotional landscapes of memory, presenting a scenario full of uncertainties, which forces us to create or reflect on our own life. Luis Agorreta, Javier Arozena, Emiliana Battista Marino, Samuel Déniz, Amanda Rubio, Virginia Martín and Alicia Pirez are the dancers of Beyond.

Lava dance company is part of the Tenerife Danza programme, which is the umbrella project for all the dance schemes organised by Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife 2030 strategy, under the project Instituto de Artes Escénicas de Tenerife [Tenerife Performing Arts Institute].

Lava is the artistic, creative side of Tenerife Danza, and it is an Auditorio de Tenerife resident company under the artistic direction of Daniel Abreu, who lends his creative view to new productions. The company will also welcome other national and international choreographers to perform a wide-ranging repertoire that includes pieces of different sizes and for different types of venues.

Dancers undergo high-performance physical training in classes of classical technique and contemporary languages with the different guest choreographers or masters, depending on the needs of their repertoire. 

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The Ballet of Grand Théâtre De Genève is landing on the island next weekend to put on the legend Tristan and Isolde on Saturday, 2 February and Sunday, 3 at 7:30 pm at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. When it was premiered, the show was awarded the Critics’s Great Prize for Best Dance show granted by the Paris Professional Critics Association.

Nine technicians and 24 dancers of the company are travelling to Tenerife for this performance. The prestigious company turns this love story between a young man and a princess into a visual show. The story is part of the literary Arthurian legends which Richard Wagner turned into an opera in the 19th century. This version starts from compositions recorded by the German genius for a staging where its two protagonists fly thanks to a pulley and ropes system.

The choreographer of the show, who is also a dancer, Joëlle Bouvier, employs an oneiric and metaphorical language to deal with the main themes: love, disturbed love, betrayal, resentment and forgiveness. “…some simple wooden planks recall the forest, a wall or a room and the great iridescent blue pieces of fabric that move evoke sea waves… All these stage elements suggest rather than show”, the artist explains.

A great mobile spiral staircase, wooden rods and light bars are also elements of the stage design. With this version of Tristan and Isolde Bouvier, founder of the L'Esquisse company in 1980, once again explores an iconic piece of Wagner’s music after her version of Romeo and Juliet. She now displays on stage moments of rupture as hatred rubs shoulders with the flames of extreme passion.

The leading characters in Tristan and Isolde are two lovers: a princess, played by Madeline Wong, and a young man performed by Geoffrey Van Dyck. She is engaged to King Mark, interpreted by Armando Gonzalez Besa, and has a confidant, the Witness, danced by Sara Shigenari. Other dancers include Yumi Aizawa, Céline Allain, Ornella Capece, Angèle Cartier, Diana Duarte, Léa Mercurol, Tiffany Pacheco, Mohana Rapin, Lysandra van Heesewijk, Valentino Bertolini, Adelson Carlos, Andrei Cozlac, Xavier Juyon, Juan Perez, Zachary Clark, Simone Repele, Sasha Riva and Nahuel Vega.

Tickets  for both performances can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  in this link or calling 902 317 327.

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A pulley and rope system tied at eight and half metres from the ground will make the main characters of Tristan and Isolde fly above the stage. You can enjoy this show on 2 and 3 February at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. The Ballet of Grand Théâtre De Genève is bringing a 33-strong team, 24 of which are dancers, to perform this Arthurian legend with music by Richard Wagner.

In addition to the aerial piece, where the ropes stand for the love that joins both lovers together, this production offers an array of stage elements that give it great visual attraction, as for instance an impressive spiral stair on wheels, big pieces of fabric used by the dancers, boards and wooden rods plus light bars. The floor at Sala Sinfónica del Auditorio will be covered in a specific kind of vinyl for dance shows measuring twelve square metres and brought in by the company.

The set travels to the island in a 12-metre long container. These elements convey the dream-like and metaphoric vision of the show’s choreographer, Joëlle Bouvier, who bases herself on this language to deal with the main topics of the story: love, disturbed love, betrayal, resentment and forgiveness.

Bouvier, founder of the L'Esquisse company in 1980, with this version of Tristan and Isolde, once again explores an iconic piece in Wagner’s music. After presenting her Romeo and Juliet, she now displays on stage moments of rupture as hatred rubs shoulders with the flames of extreme passion. Suffering and antagonism seem to be best resolved at night, at death.

The leading characters in Tristan and Isolde are two lovers: a princess, played by Madeline Wong, and a young man performed by Geoffrey Van Dyck. She is engaged to King Mark, interpreted by Armando Gonzalez Besa, and has a confidant, the Witness, danced by Sara Shigenari. Other dancers include Yumi Aizawa, Céline Allain, Ornella Capece, Angèle Cartier, Diana Duarte, Léa Mercurol, Tiffany Pacheco, Mohana Rapin, Lysandra van Heesewijk, Valentino Bertolini, Adelson Carlos, Andrei Cozlac, Xavier Juyon, Juan Perez, Zachary Clark, Simone Repele, Sasha Riva and Nahuel Vega.

Tickets for both performances can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com here or calling 902 317 327.

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Auditorio de Tenerife is bringing Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet Company  with the show Tristan and Isolde, to be performed on 2 and 3 February at 7:00 pm in Sala Sinfónica. Tickets to enjoy a dance version of this love story are now on sale at 15% discount on the standard ticket price.

With this version of Tristan and Isolde, the choreographer of the production, Joëlle Bouvier, once more explores an iconic piece by Richard Wagner. After presenting her Romeo and Juliet, she now displays on stage moments of rupture as hatred rubs shoulders with the flames of extreme passion. Suffering and antagonism seem to be best resolved at night, at death.

Joëlle Bouvier has chosen to make some elements more abstract in order not to tell a story that rings too narrative or realistic. “To illustrate this epic drama, I’ve envisioned a simple scenery where a spiral staircase evokes a ship or a castle and a rope symbolizes the philtre that holds the lovers inevitably together”, the French dancer explains.

The piece is expressed through a more oneiric and metaphorical writing to depict its main themes: love, disturbed love, betrayal, resentment and forgiveness. That is why, as Bouvier explains, “some simple wooden planks recall the forest, a wall or a room and the great iridescent blue pieces of fabric that move evoke sea waves… All these stage elements suggest rather than show”.

The cast is led by Madeline Wong, in the role of princess Isolde, and Geoffrey Van Dyck, who plays young Tristan. Also, Armando Gonzalez Besa plays King Mark and Sara Shigenari is the Witness. Other dancers include Yumi Aizawa, Céline Allain, Louise Bille, Ornella Capece, Diana Duarte, Léa Mercurol, Tiffany Pacheco, Mohana Rapin, Lysandra Van Heesewijk, Valentino Bertolini, Natan Bouzy, Zachary Clark, Xavier Juyon, Nathanäel Marie, Juan Pérez, Simone Repele, Sasha  Riva and Nahuel Vega.

Tickets for both performances can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com, here or calling 902 317 327. The launching 15% discount on the ticket price is available until 22nd December.

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