Cabildo’s Tenerife Danza has opened a call for a new production of their Pedagogic Unit. They are looking for moving arts professionals with theatrical background and wide performing skills; and actors with good body technique, dancing or movement skills. People over 18 can apply before 5 December through the section Auditions and Calls on Auditorio de Tenerife’s website.
Auditions will take place on 8 and 9 December from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Sala Castillo in Auditorio de Tenerife. Specific skills on different stage art techniques, such as dance, movement, singing, and others will be assessed. The auditions will test different fields divided in sections: Contemporary Dance, Music and Voice, Dramaturgy and Characters, Creative Workshop related to the contents of the new show plus Personal Interviews.
Tenerife Danza is the scheme that includes all the activities related to dance Cabildo’s Tenerife Strategy 2030 carries out. It is made up of three different projects: the Pedagogic Unit, coordinated by Helena Berthelius; Danza en Comunidad, coordinated by Laura Marrero; and Lava Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Daniel Abreu.
For the first time in the Canary Islands, Festival de Tenerife presents the dance show Las muchas,, by Companyia Mariantònia Oliver. The piece, which deals with age as a source of wealth, includes eight women aged over 70 who on Tuesday, 20th started a workshop offered by the company. The full show, an invitation to exalt femininity in those who are still willing to dance, can be seen at Sala Castillo in Auditorio de Tenerife on Friday, 23rd at 7:00 pm.
Las muchas is about the frailty old age involves, about bodies which no longer belong in the social corpus, which stop being in the official market but which are full of life, and above all, freer: bodies which breathe, weigh, dance, seduce, move and are positioned differently. Las muchas is the result of the need choreographer Mariantònia Oliver (protagonist of the piece) felt to listen and take in her experiences. The idea this proposal starts from is a fish shoal, an emerging system, an organism made up of many individuals making one single movement. It is also based on common images citizens put together, their identity because in the end, they all share similar emotions and situations.
Companyia Mariantònia Oliver is a contemporary dance company based in a small village in the centre of Mallorca, Maria de la Salut. Throughout her career she has worked different disciplines in projects for adults or families. In recent years, she was awarded the Premio Escénica 2010, the Premio Mejor Espectáculo Illes Balears 2011 and Premio Proyectos Escénicos Ajuntament de Palma 2009 and 2011.
Tickets can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, in this link or calling 902 317 327. You can also get 50% discount by showing at the box office a ticket for a Festival de Tenerife show you had previously bought.
Lava, the new Auditorio de Tenerife resident dance company, premieres their first show on 2 December at 7:00 pm in Sala Sinfónica, as part of Festival de Tenerife. The details were disclosed on Monday, 19th by the Island Director for Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero; Lava artistic director, Daniel Abreu, and the choreographer of one of the pieces being premiered, Fernando Hernando Magadan.
About Lava José Luis Rivero said that “it was a project and now it’s real and we’re seeing it on the stage at last”. “We’re very excited about Lava, which places us at an interesting starting point at national level, and it’s much talked about outside the Island”, he explained.
Daniel Abreu, National Dance Award 2014 and winner of three Max awards in 2018, was in charge of selecting the choreographers for the first shows: Bending the Walls, by Fernando Hernando Magadan, and Beyond, by La Intrusa company. “I’m proud to be able to present Lava and show the world what happens naturally on the islands: quality dance”, the artistic director revealed. He also said that the show will be at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 5 December at 8:00 pm.
Choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan, current director of Nederlands Dans Theater 2, admitted that “it was a long time since I was last in Spain and working here is very special for me”. The artist explained that his piece “has a special closeness, and it’s about that, bending walls, limitations and it touches on that which makes us humans through the bodies, which make us feel sensitivities”. Bending the Walls, a Korzo Theater and NDT production, explores the world of restrictions and limitations in our search for happiness, freedom and understanding: physical and psychological limits inside every individual and in the world around us. It is a metaphor about the psychological, physical and emotional forces human beings can use to transcend palpable reality, overcome grief and escape to the world of the imagination.
The second piece of this double bill is Beyond, by Virginia García and Damián Muñoz of La intrusa, Premio Nacional de Danza 2015 [National Dance Award]. Beyond deals with the experience of searching through the landscapes of memory, portraying an uncertain scenario that constantly forces us to create or reflect on our own life, on the landscape everyone builds either consciously or accidentally.
Lava started work at Sala Castillo in Auditorio de Tenerife in September. The dancers have had classes with different experts, like Charo Febles, ballet teacher. Lava’s six dancers, chosen by public call, are Luis Agorreta (Cáceres), Javier Arozena (Tenerife), Emiliana Battista Marino (Nápoles, Italy), Samuel Déniz (Gran Canaria), Carmen Fumero (Tenerife) and Virginia Martín (Madrid). Lava is the artistic creation section of Tenerife Danza, which is part of the Instituto de Artes Escénicas del Cabildo, within the Tenerife 2030 Strategy.
Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; on the websites www.auditoriodetenerife.com and www.festivaltenerife.com, here or calling 902 317 327.
Tenerife-born dancer Daniel Abreu, who got three Max Awards of the Performing Arts 2018 -best performance, bets choreography and best show for “La desnudez”-, will be the artistic director of Lava, the new Auditorio de Tenerife resident dance company. Daniel Abreu, Premio Nacional de Danza 2014, said he was delighted to “work for the Canaries in this new project”.
Lava is a company made up of six contemporary dancers and their first show will be on at Festival de Tenerife, to take place next autumn. “The idea it to bring choreographers from different parts of the world so they can share with our dancers their views on dance” Abreu revealed. He will combine his work at Lava with managing his company and the different choreographic commissions he receives every year.
“When I started, I’d have liked to have something like Lava to further and improve my development as a dancer”, the award-winning artists stated. In his view, “a company is the place where a dancer develops”. Daniel Abreu bears in mind that “through Lava we want to recover Canarian dancers who had to leave the island. Canarian dancers have much to contribute to dance”, he said.
Daniel Abreu thinks that, “the problem with contemporary dance is the programmers, not the audience”. “Contemporary dance is part of the Canaries and people like José Luis Rivero, Roberto Torres or Natalia Medina are fundamental”, the Lava director maintained, who in addition to the three Max awards, he boasts a long list of prizes in recognition of his work. “Thanks to the national award I’ve been able to present my work with a bit less energy because now it is known: the prize guarantees quality,” the award-winning dancer said.
Cabildo de Tenerife has started the fifth Danza en Comunidad project, which encourages the integration of different social groups through artistic processes. Their first meeting took place at Auditorio de Tenerife where they revealed the main details of the lines of work this learning and social project will develop during the year.
The managing director of Auditorio de Tenerife, Daniel Cerezo, and the coordinator of Danza en Comunidad, Laura Marrero, welcomed the participants and thank them for taking part in the scheme, which grows every year as evidenced by the fact it only included two groups when it started as a pilot project five years ago, and now takes in 21 different communities.
For this fifth year, the following associations have joined in: Asociación Aldis, Asociación Orobal, from Los Cristianos, Casa de Acogida Madre del Redentor, from El Sauzal. Decentralization of cultural activities like this, which spread across the Island, is one of the aims of the project, which is part of the Cabildo de Tenerife 2030 Strategy. Danza en Comunidad has three collaborating artistic communities: Teatro Victoria (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Festival Cuadernos Escénicos (Garachico) and Escuela de Actores de Canarias (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), which contribute with meetings, venues and professionals.
Danza en Comunidad, where experts Raquel Jara, Carmen Macías, Cristina Hernández and Laura Marrero take part, is one of the three parts of Tenerife Danza, and it includes learning and artistic areas. The method used is to start with meetings on theoretical issues to then go on to practical sessions which end up in a show put on by the members of the group. Every group has its own action line. The idea is “for them to share with us the full experience of a dance professional”, Laura Marrero explains.
The project, which continues throughout the year, allows people who start dancing through these groups, to take part individually in the following seasons by attending weekly meetings at Auditorio de Tenerife.
Tenerife Danza is a new project set up by Cabildo de Tenerife (Island Government) further confirming its commitment to this sector, as shown in the past years.
The new scheme has three main lines of work: teaching, community, and creating a resident company at the Auditorio de Tenerife.
One of the first projects of the company is a children production. A call is now open for people aged between 20 and 40, dancers with a theatrical profile and wide performing skills, and actors with good body and dancing technique. Being skilled in different performing arts techniques or dance specialities will be taken into account.
Auditions will take place on Saturday, 27 January, and Sunday 28 January, in Sala Castillo at the Auditorio de Tenerife, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. Those who are chosen must be available to join the company immediately as work sessions will start in February.