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The contemporary dance company resident at Auditorio de Tenerife, Lava, is giving its first international performance in Bremen, Germany on Wednesday, the 23rd. The group will dance at the Schwankhalle Theatre at 8:00 pm their first two pieces, Bending the Walls and Beyond, at the opening of the Festival Baila España 2019, organised by the city’s Instituto Cervantes.

The dancers are travelling to the German city with their assistant director Dácil González, who was recently awarded the Premio Nacional de Danza 2019 in the Performance category “because she has consistently and soundly delivered a seamless link between technique, emotion and communicative ability in her performances for more than 20 years”.

Bending the Walls is a production by Korzo Theater and the Nederlands Dans Theater, directed by the Spanish choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan, artistic director at NDT2. 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. It is a metaphor about the psychological, physical and emotional forces human beings can approach in order to reach beyond palpable reality, overcoming sorrow to escape into the world of the imagination.

On the other hand, Beyond, by the company La Intrusa, winner of Premio Nacional de Danza 2015, a creation by 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 and on the landscape that either consciously or unconsciously is shaped.

Lava’s calendar continues on 22 November at Teatro del Museo Universidad de Navarra with the same double bill, Bending the Walls and Beyond; on 1 December, they will be at Auditorio de Tenerife with two new creations by two choreographers, Hush, by Israeli Roy Assaf, and Yalacha, by Korean Dong Kyu Kim, within the Festival de Artes Escénicas Telón Tenerife; on 4 and 5 December both pieces will be premiered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Lava is the artistic creation department of Tenerife Danza, under the Cabildo’s Instituto de Artes Escénicas. The company was set up in 2018 as resident at Auditorio de Tenerife with the aim of producing a new repertoire by creators of international scope and Tenerife dancer Daniel Abreu (Premio Nacional de Danza 2014) as artistic director.

The six dancers have a strong stage presence, are technically proficient and versatile to bring creations to life that share contemporary dance language plus other codes of the current artistic discourse. Physicality, poetry and commitment.

The company has a high-quality exclusive, original repertoire that is impeccably performed. It has already attracted a wide audience and is creating new ones through the experience of dance and its context.

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On Sunday, the 20th at 9:00 pm Auditorio de Tenerife’s  Sala de Cámara is hosting four shows - TrialBubbleExit and Young Blood - under the Extensión Tenerife de Masdanza, the Canary Islands International Contemporary Dance Festival.

Coming from Vietnam and the Low Countries, Trial is a 10-minute duet by choreographer Tu Hoang. In this duo, complexity and synchrony seem inseparable as the two men move together in harmony. The fast impulses and the detailed movements of the hands follow one another swiftly in this crystalline presentation. They seem to agree homogeneously and peacefully. However, small tense gestures and actions suggest underlying friction.

Bubble takes shape in Israel and South Korea. It is a 15-minute piece by Jinhwan Seok performed by Lea Bessoudo, Tristan Carter, Jinhwan Seok with music by Bob Dylan that ponders on a lost bubble that they all miss, reminding us of “our indecision, our strange orbit and the gravity that brought us together and pushed us towards the Earth to be more humane”.

Mengbo Li and Xingxing Gong lead Exit, a piece that runs for 11 minutes created by Gong. It is part of the concept of soul, the starting point for the Chinese creator’s work: “Only a free soul is capable of transforming the environment. The body that loses its free will is the rebellion of the body against the soul and the uncontrollable nature of the soul against the body. When the body cannot be controlled, it is the soul the one that chooses to leave the body. That moment is the true meaning of death”.

The programme closes with a Catalonian 13-minute piece, Young Blood, created by Arnau Pérez de la Fuente, who leads the group that includes Maddi Ruiz de Loizaga and Adrián Manzano Borrego. This show is about a generation of young people who are full of energy, creativity and are involved in creating new paths that they cannot follow because of the spirit of society.

The Extensión Tenerife will also perform at Teatro Victoria, where they are putting on a selection of solo pieces on Sunday at 7:00 pm and Monday the 21st at 9:00 pm.

Tickets are available through the usual sale channels of Auditorio de Tenerife: at the box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, via  or calling  902 317 327.

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Dácil González the assistant director of Tenerife dance company Lava took today, Monday the 7th, the Premio Nacional de Danza en Interpretación 2019 [National Dance Award for Performance]. The dancer is the right-hand person of Daniel Abreu, who won the Premio Nacional de Danza in 2014 and is the artistic director of this company resident at Auditorio de Tenerife. She was granted the award “because she has consistently and soundly delivered a seamless link between technique, emotion and communicative ability in her performances for more than 20 years”.

The jury, who gave the prize for the Creation category to Estévez/Paños y Compañía, has highlighted her performance in La desnudez, the latest work by Compañía Daniel Abreu, a company she is part of. “This piece underlines her splendid performer profile which she works on through perseverance and commitment”, the committee states in their report.

“Through her career we can glimpse at the history of contemporary dance made in Spain”, the jury stressed. These awards are granted every year by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Government of Spain and come with a 30,000-euro cash prize each.

Dácil González usually collaborates with the Tenerife dancer and creator Daniel Abreu and has worked with him in shows like Equilibrio (2010), Animal (2011), Silencio (2013), Venere (2015) and La desnudez (2017). Since 2018 she has been working side by side with Abreu at the artistic direction of Tenerife company Lava.

Having started her training with Julián Brandon and María Eulate, the Canarian dancer graduated in the specialities of Choreography and Performance Techniques. She has lived and worked in Madrid since 1996 where she has carried out most of her dance career, taking part in companies like 10&10 danza -directed by Mónica Runde and Pedro Berdäyes-, where she started to work in 1998; La Piel Danza, directed by José Reches; Larumbe Danza and Els Visitants Compañía de Teatre, among others.

Abroad, she has danced for the Staatstheater Darmstadt directed by Mei Hong Lin and has also taken part in different operas and some films such as El otro lado de la cama, with a choreography by Pedro Berdäyes, and Pasos de baile, directed by John Malkovich. As choreographer, her works include Solo de momentoCuando digo una palabra (created with Gustavo Martín), a collaboration with the company Maltrago Teatro for the show La niña sin muelas, and the production It, created with Gustavo Martín and Jesús Caramés with the group they started and have codirected since 2009, LA. Otra Compañía Danza.

Dácil González is currently working in the premiere of two new pieces by Lava, choreographed by Israeli Roy Assaf and Korean Dong Kyu Kim, to take place at 7:00 pm on 1 December at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica as part of the Festival de Artes Escénicas Telón Tenerife [Telón Tenerife Performing Arts Festival].

Tickets can be purchased via the usual sale channels of Auditorio de Tenerife, at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays; on and or by phone on 902 317 327.

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The dance company Lava has been chosen to perform on the second Noche del Patrimonio en Córdoba [Cordoba Heritage Evening] on Saturday, the 21st at 9:25 pm. Admission to the event is free. The group resident at Auditorio de Tenerife will dance the piece 15 Grados al Oeste, [15 Degrees West] by the choreographer and Tenerife-resident Paloma Hurtado. The show is taking place at the picturesque Sala Orive, a multi-purpose cultural space whose walls are part of a 16th century convent.

On Saturday, the 15 Spanish cities that have been designated World Heritage by UNESCO will celebrate simultaneously the Second Heritage Evening. The event is divided in three main sections:  Escena Patrimonio [Heritage Scene], in which dance has the lead in all its forms and ages; Abierto Patrimonio [Open Heritage], open days at different monuments; Vive Patrimonio [Experience Heritage], a wide offer of cultural and leisure activities at the historical centres of these cities.

The piece includes dancers Javier Arozena, Virginia Martín Mateos, Emiliana Battista Marino, Alicia Pirez and Luis Agorreta. This is the only piece scheduled in the Escena Patrimonio de Córdoba section. It tells the story of many journeys, many people through a tour of the body’s memory, of the abyss of sensations.

Lava is made up by six dancers who have a strong stage presence, are technically sound and most versatile. They bring to life creations whose common point is the contemporaneity of the dance language and other codes of the current artistic discourse. Its artistic director is Tenerife-born Daniel Abreu, winner of Premio Nacional de Danza 2014.

Lava’s next engagement are on 23 October in Bremen at the 2019 Baila España Festival with the pieces Bending the Walls and Beyond, invited by the city’s Instituto Cervantes; on 22 November at Teatro del Museo Universidad de Navarra with the same double bill; on 1 December, with the new creation by choreographers Israeli Roy Assaf and Korean Dong Kyu Kim, at the Festival de Artes Escénicas Telón Tenerife; and on 4 and 5 December with the same pieces they have just premiered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Creator and dancer Teresa Lorenzo is performing at 9:00 pm on Thursday, the 4th at Sala de Cámara del Teatro Leal de La Laguna. The show, Claros del bosque, marks the end of the artist’s residency at Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV of Cabildo de Tenerife, which started on 10 June. Admission is free.

Apart from the staging, the contemporary dance teacher and higher audio-visual technician took part in the Tenerife LAV Encuentros scheme on the outskirts of town in which the guest artist shares work tools, processes and points of views with different groups.

Teresa Lorenzo worked with Metamorfosis, the performing arts group of the Sociedad Insular para la Promoción con Discapacidad (Sinpromi), made up by people who have been diagnosed with serious mental health disorders, which is coordinated by Beatriz Bello.

To work in Claros del bosque Teresa Lorenzo starts from the idea that “the magic gift of the body is stated by the power of its presence”. “This faculty could perhaps be considered to be inborn or learnt from its own nature; if it is learnt, we can conclude, from a magic thinking stance, that it speaks the same language”, the Canarian creator reflects.

The approach for these sessions starts in Orpheus’s singing to address what came first, where everything has its roots, which in this case is sheer shamanism. According to the myth, it is a slow, relaxing chant which apparently, has very little or nothing to do with the usual music played by magicians and shamans of other cultures, where percussion prevails.

His chant has hypnotic powers whose aim is to soothe the spirit, something related to one of the basic principles of magic.  We are referring to imitative or sympathetic magic, which is based on the metaphysical belief that like acts on like, hence Orpheus’s purifying music or the harmonized body of a performer, via the process of imitative magic, would calm down the souls or the moods of those who are listening to his chant or looking at her movement and stillness. 

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Dance is one of the major artforms in the programme of Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur, MAPAS 2019, to be held from 10 to 14 July. A total of 11 shows will bring to the audience, in an open and participative way, the proposals created in six countries in Africa, Latin America and southern Europe.

This project, which is organised by Cabildo de Tenerife, unahoramenos and Circulart, is now established as an international hotspot for the performing arts created in the South Atlantic which also includes a programme of free shows for the public. 58 creators and groups from 23 countries will have the chance to exhibit their professional work to the public and programmers for five days in a row on the main cultural venues in the city.

The performers include 10 dance groups who will put on 11 shows at different stages in Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. They are bringing innovative, committed or poetic proposals that exalt the essence of the art of movement.  Spain is the widest represented country in MAPAS with six creators, three of which are Canarian; Cameroon, Togo, Egypt, Mexico and Mali are each represented by one artist or group.

The opening of the third MAPAS is by Lava -Auditorio de Tenerife’s dance company- who at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, 10 July are presenting Abisal at Sala Sinfónica. The piece was created by Lava’s artistic director Daniel Abreu and in it, six dancers bring to life a deep and pure geography of water set in the midst of sediments, air, shadows, calmness, unimaginable fauna –a place that is impossible to inhabit.

The proposals Be Yours Be Mine and Serenity Suite, by Natalia Medina Compañía de Danza and Cía.Matxalen Bilbao, respectively, will fill Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo with expression and emotion on 11 July. We can see contemporary African creativity with Qué importa el abismo, by Ella Poema of Aída Colmenero Díaz’ multidisciplinary project on Friday, the 12th at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo; on the same day and stage Zora Snake, dancer, choreographer and artist from Cameroon is presenting Le depart, plus Alicia Soto-Hojarasca’s contemporary dance and creation company is putting on Estudio 3: Miradas.

On Saturday, 13 July we’ll have the chance to see pieces featuring a wide range of aesthetics, staging and themes. Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo is hosting the performances What about Dante by Mounir Saeed/Cramp Group (Egypt) and Fatou t’as tout fait, by Fatoumata Bagayoko – Cie Jiriladon (Mali); at Sala Sinfónica the Mexican company Nemian Danza Escénica is presenting La caída al vacío; and in Plaza Castillo Lava is putting on the piece by Paloma Hurtado 15º al Oeste.

MAPAS artistic shows will once again give us to chance to learn about the work done at Danza en Comunidad, Auditorio de Tenerife’s social project, which on Sunday morning is putting on the piece Adosados in Plaza Castillo.

The performances and showcases are available on the website and on the free app that can be downloaded for IOS and Android mobiles. You can see all the information on MAPAS shows and talks and get all the news relevant to the audience and the Market participants.

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