The Festival de las Artes del Movimiento FAM continues its 2020 Special next Sunday at 8:00 pm with Ígnea, by Colectivo Lamajara. This new piece premiers today, 16th at the Sala Negra de los Teatros del Canal in Madrid and will be in Tenerife for a second performance at the Government of the Canary Islands’s venue Espacio La Granja, that collaborates in the festival with Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero.
The group says that in this volcano-inspired piece “with pleasure, willingly, we let ourselves burn and invoke the unstable nature of things, bringing the image of a volcano as a metaphor for these thoughts.” “In times of explosions, the apparent balance rejects instability, which is, paradoxically, one of its means of expression…”, they say.
Paloma Hurtado, Reinaldo Ribeiro and Daniel Rosado are behind the concept of this new creation, which received a Cabildo de Tenerife grant for professional stage productions. Texts are by Arantza López in collaboration with Colectivo Lamajara. The bodies in Ígnea belong to Igor Calonge, Milagros García, Paloma Hurtado, Daniel Morales and Daniel Rosado; and they are clad with costumes by Héctor León. Stage design is by Luis Crespo and Irene Cantero takes care of lighting. Original music is by Paloma Peñarrubia.
El Colectivo Lamajara is an organization of artists who share a common interest in the language of the body and its possible expressions. It is made up of emerging creators, dancers and collaborators from other art disciplines. The group organizes work cooperatively, encouraging dialogue and agreement towards a common methodology. Their main goal is to support free artistic expression, helping to produce free, eclectic creations.
The public is kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough to enter the theatre gradually. On buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this cultural centre by the Cabildo to deal with COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask. Please see FAM upcoming events on www.famtenerife.com.
The Festival de las Artes del Movimiento FAM is opening its Special 2020 Festival tomorrow, Friday the 31st at 8:30 pm in Espacio La Granja, with DANCE, NO GOAL, by choreographer and dancer Carlota Mantecón. It is a co-production between Auditorio de Tenerife, under the Department for Culture, Education, Youth, Museums and Sport of Cabildo de Tenerife that is run by Councillor Concepción Rivero, and the Plesni Teater Ljubljana/Dance Theatre Ljubljana in Slovenia. Tickets are on sale on www.auditoriodetenerife.com.
Carlota Mantecón -along with Luz Prado Codina and Tamara Ascanio- is presenting the result of her latest creation, a premiere that will take place simultaneously at the Plesni Teater Ljubljana [Ljubljana Dance Theatre]. The project has been marked by the health crisis, which forced the artists to adapt the way they worked. It initially included exchanges with the Slovenian artists, which were finally replaced by new technologies.
The dancers, authors of this movement cocreation, include three Spaniards and three Slovenian: María de la Cruz Álvarez Galván, Mari Lina Sánchez Díaz, Wenseslao Gutiérrez Barrios, Majda Lekše, Metoda Pavlič and Maja Culiberg.
Mantecón is director and choreographer while Luz Prado Codina is the visual artist, and Tamara Ascanio deals with voices. Alberto Reverón is in charge of the videos, Silvia Navarro is costume assistant and the lighting design is by Cristina Bolívar. As for the Slovenian team, Urša Adamič is the dramaturg and assistant, Pila Rusjan is the video artist while lighting adaptation is by Janko Oven. The creative production is led by Katja Somrak, with Sara Serrano as her Spanish counterpart.
DANCE, NO GOAL is coproduced by the Cabildo de Tenerife by means of a stage production grant, Auditorio de Tenerife and Plesni Teater Ljubljana/Dance Theatre Ljubljana (Slovenia). The Ljubljana Dance Theatre scheme is subsidized by the and Ljubljana Town Council, Culture Department.
FAM continues on 20 September with Ígnea, by Colectivo Lamajara, which is also subsidized by the Cabildo de Tenerife. They will do their residency in both the Auditorio de Tenerife and Espacio La Granja, a venue under the Government of the Canary Islands, where it will also be performed at 8:30 pm. You can buy your tickets no won the website, at the box office or calling 902 317 327.
Auditorio de Tenerife wishes you a Happy International Dance Day 2020 and shares with you this tribute to the island’s dance schools that every year hold a great festival with us at the foyer and on the grounds of our building. There’s room for all ages, styles and, of course, the family.
We hope you enjoy it :)
This year the official message of Dance International Day, designated by UNESCO in 1986, is from Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, a South African dancer, choreographer, teacher and actor and founder of the Vuyani Dance Theatre. We echo his words so that his voice is heard as far as possible:
It was during an interview I had recently that I had to think deeply about dance, what does it mean to me? In my response, I had to look into my journey, and I realized that it was all about purpose and each day presents a new challenge that needs to be confronted, and it is through dance that I try to make sense of the world.
We are leaving through unimaginable tragedies, in a time that I could best describe as the posthuman era. More than ever, we need to dance with purpose, to remind the world that humanity still exists. Purpose and empathy need to prevail over years and years of undeniable virtual landscape of dissolution that has given rise to a catharsis of universal grief conquering the sadness, the hard reality that continues to permeate the living confronted by death, rejection and poverty. Our dance must more than ever give a strong signal to the world leaders and those entrusted with safeguarding and improving human conditions that we are an army of furious thinkers, and our purpose is one that strives to change the world one step at a time. Dance is freedom, and through our found freedom, we must free others from the entrapments they face in different corners of the world. Dance is not political but becomes political because it caries in its fibre a human connection and therefore responds to circumstances in its attempt to restore human dignity.
As we dance with our bodies, tumbling in space and tangling together, we become a force of movement weaving hearts, touching souls and providing healing that is so desperately needed. And purpose becomes a single hydra-headed, invincible and indivisible dance. All we need now is to dance some more!!!!
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This week the Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV [Tenerife Live Arts Lab] starts its first residence at the Espacio La Granja, a space in Tenerife capital city that is managed by the Government of the Canary Islands. Creator, choreographer and choral singer Amalia Fernández and performer, choreographer and creator who has trained in dancing Juan Domínguez have met again on the island 12 years after their last work together. Both artists will be working on their project Entre tú y yo [Between you and me] throughout February.
The first public activity of this residence of Auditorio de Tenerife’s project, whose founder and main funder is the Cabildo de Tenerife, through its department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport led by Concepción Rivero, is taking place tomorrow [Thursday] at the Biblioteca Municipal de La Laguna Adrián Alemán. The event is entitled “Dejarse leer” and in it Fernández will read some passages of A la conquista del cuerpo equivocado, by Miquel Missé, published by Colección G.
Entre tú y yo is a circumstance, a situation, different things put together that have allowed Amalia Fernández and Juan Domínguez to meet again and devote time and space to the very fact of getting together for the second time. The starting point is Shichimi Togarashi (2006), their earlier and first work together. At present, 12 years have gone by full of personal, professional, political, public, and private experiences that have shaped them both as individuals and as artists.
Shichimi Togarashi was the first time they met, they got to know each other personally and creatively and shared their knowledge and imagery; it was also a chance to understand how to do something between two individuals. “There was some kind of deformed harmony and the wish to understand and be the other”, the artists explained. They will be showing the processes of their new work on Wednesday the 26 at La Granja. The time is to be confirmed.
The dance company resident at Auditorio de Tenerife Lava Compañía de Danza is performing at 6:30 pm tomorrow, Wednesday the 22nd at MADferia, the performing arts fair held at Matadero Madrid. Also, on Saturday, the 25th the group led by Daniel Abreu (Premio Nacional de Danza 2014) is travelling to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Teatro Guiniguada where they will perform the choreography Beyond at 8:30 pm.
At MADferia, the performing arts fair that has been held in Madrid every year since 2004, Lava will dance their latest double programme, which was put on in December 2019. The show was purposefully created for the company while two internationally renowned choreographers were staying on the island: Israeli Roy Assaf and South Korean Dongkyu Kim.
Dongkyu Kim, who worked on the island with his assistants Nara Yoon and Jiho Jang, also a composer, says that “we all make our own sound”. That’s why in Yalacha “sound doesn’t come from the mouth but from life: I live my own life and I make my own sound through the sound of others but, what sound do you make? he wonders. The piece is part of the Jisoo Gook Laboratory Dance Project
For his part, Roy Assaf -who had the assistance of associate artist Ariel Freedman- advises “while watching Hush I encourage you to ignore the unswerving temptation of seeking for the plot; refuse the stubborn need to understand, trust your instinct -being honest and sincere about it- and follow your tender heart, that has a great capacity for imagination”.
MADferia combines the exhibition of the latest performing arts creations in the country with activities related to reflection and providing a meeting point for professionals. It is organised by ARTEMAD Asociación de Empresas Productoras de Artes Escénicas de Madrid and is a member of COFAE Coordinadora de Ferias y Artes Escénicas del Estado español.
Beyond is one of the earliest pieces in Lava’s repertoire and it was premiered in December 2018. It has been chosen to open the annual dance programme of the Teatro Guiniguada, which is run by the Government of the Canary Islands.
It was created by La intrusa’s Virginia García and Damián Muñoz, Premio Nacional de Danza 2015, who worked with the Lava dancers in the autumn of 2018. Beyond 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 and on the landscape every individual shapes for themselves either consciously or unconsciously.
Lava Compañía de Danza is a company resident at Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural centre under the Cabildo de Tenerife. It was set up in 2018 as a result of the commitment with contemporary creation. It focuses on developing a repertoire of works by internationally renowned artists.
Its artistic director from the start has been Tenerife-born dancer and creator Daniel Abreu (Premio Nacional de Danza 2014) with Dácil González (Premio Nacional de Danza 2019) as assistant director plus Auditorio de Tenerife’s team.
Six dancers with a strong presence on the stage, technically sound and versatile bring the creations to life. The different choreographies share a contemporary dance language and other codes of today’s artistic discourse. Physicality, poetry and commitment.
The company’s repertoire includes works by Fernando Magadan, Roy Assaf, Dongkyu Kim, Paloma Hurtado, La Intrusa or Daniel Abreu, which are high quality, original pieces beautifully put together.
These pieces enrichen and share the curiosity of the existing audience while engaging new audiences through the experience of dance and its context.
Lava is performing their new double programme at Teatro Pérez Galdós at 8:00 pm on Thursday, the 5th. The dance company will put onstage two original creations that were premiered at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica last Sunday. They are the work of two choreographers of international scope: Yalacha, by Korean Dongkyu Kim and Hush, by Israeli Roy Assaf.
Both creators were invited by the company’s artistic director, Daniel Abreu (Premio Nacional de Danza 2014), to work with the dancers who currently make up Lava’s dance troupe: Emiliana Battista Marino, Fabiana Mangialardi, Virgina Martín, Paula Parra, Alicia Pirez and Amanda Rubio, who were selected through public notice. These pieces have been expressly created for the group resident at Auditorio de Tenerife.
This programme, which is now travelling to Gran Canaria with tickets on sale on www.teatroperezgaldos.es, displays the versatility and strength of creation for international dance. Israel and South Korea are the countries currently leading the international arena of contemporary dance thanks to their great creativity and command.
Daniel Abreu explains that "turning to these places led us to Roy Assaf’s talent, with his peculiar use of body gestures and the deep, clear message conveyed; on the other hand, Dongkyu Kim is accurate regarding the body and shows quality in movement; his works convey strength, impetus and an interesting questioning of everything human".
Roy Assaf’s advice is that “while seeing Hush I encourage you to ignore the unswerving temptation of seeking for the plot; refuse the stubborn need to understand, trust your instinct -being honest and sincere about it- and follow your tender heart, that has a great capacity for imagination”.
Dongkyu Kim, who has worked on the island with his assistants Nara Yoon and Jiho Jang, also a composer, says that “we all make our own sound”. That’s why in Yalacha “sound doesn’t come from the mouth but from life: I live my own life and I make my own sound through the sound of others but, what sound do you make? he wonders. The piece is part of the Jisoo Gook Laboratory Dance Project.