Tenerife Moving Arts Festival
The FAM (Movement Arts Festival) aims to make Tenerife the centre of Spanish dance. The strength of live dance is unleashed each year, turning Auditorio de Tenerife and its collaborating theatres into multipurpose areas that accommodate different proposals from contemporary Spanish dance.
Collaborating with FAM Danza a Escena Programme of the Spanish Network of Theatres, as well as the "A cielo abierto" Circuit of the Street and Unique Space Dance Network, both part of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, which in turn is under the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Spain. This festival has the EFFE Seal (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) of the European Union, a quality distinction that is awarded to festivals with an artistic mission, commitment to local communities, and a strategic vision at the European level.
Seven shows make up the autumn festival FAM Otoño, which will take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife and Espacio La Granja.
As part of its FAM Otoño (Autumn Moving Arts Festival) programming, the Auditorio de Tenerife presents this show which explores the consequences of the expression, as implied by the title of the work
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural venue linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island's Council that is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. As part of its FAM Otoño (Autumn Moving Arts Festival) programming, it presents the performance A muerte (to death). This proposal by the Sevillian company Hermanas Gestring will take place this Saturday [19th], at 7:30 p.m., at the Castillo Hall (Sala Castillo).
‘A muerte’ (to death) is a piece recommended for audiences over 16 years of age. It explores this expression, which metaphorically indicates a strong commitment and also a literal consequence of reaching the end of one's existence. Hermanas Gestring give one’s all on stage, deadly in life and in particular with what is featured.
"Excited and almost possessed by pronouncing the expression to death, we had no other chance but to kill the Gestring Sisters", declare Greta García and Laura Morales, members of the company. "We needed to reveal the true effect caused by saying "to death": entering the suburbs of the underworld and coming face to face with Hades", they continue in the show's synopsis.
After walking through the Fields of Asphodel for years, singing with the sirens, floating over the Acheron River and the Elm of False Dreams, Hermanas Gestring managed to adopt the form that would lead them to death. They were possessed by the Keres, the daughters of the night with a thirst for human blood. “We have deceived Charon, Cerberus, as well as Morena and Clara... Will we be able to deceive you?", the artists suggest.
Laura Morales and Greta García decided to get together in 2013 and explore new paths for creation. Naturally, video creation became their main tool through YouTube and even WhatsApp, creating two short films. They got into the performance genera by creating works for art galleries and alternative creative spaces. They also do dance pieces by fusing artistic disciplines and collaborating with other artists. Spontaneity and constant change are an intrinsic part of their proposals, generating unparalleled pieces like "Puerta Celestial" ("Celestial Gateway") and also working outside of their country of residence, as was the case with "We'll kill you", created in Germany for the Rootless Movement Festival.
In 2016, they confirmed their good work by winning the Pasoa2 Madrid Choreography Contest with "Good Girl", a piece with which they have toured several festivals in Spain and abroad, receiving the Residency Award at the Tanzhaus in Zurich, where the seed of "A muerte" was sown, debuting at the end of 2018 at the Teatro Central Theatre. In 2019 they participated in the Silent City project by Artscennico Performing Arts in Dortmund (Germany) and began a new line of work, trying their hand at music with the "Adora a las Hermanas Gestring" (Adore the Gestring Singers) concert alongside musician Lorenzo Soria.
After this, FAM's last show this year comes from Poliana Lima, who brings a female corps de ballet for her performance ‘Las cosas se mueven pero no dicen nada’ (Things move but don't say anything). It is a dance piece that is based on the ideas of permanence and persistence. It evokes the processes of transformation and repetition of nature without alluding to figuration on the stage. It will be on 17 December at 7:30 p.m. at the Symphony Hall.
FAM (Arts and Movement Festival), a proposal of Auditorio de Tenerife and a commitment to Spanish contemporary dance, comes alongside the artistic circuit supported by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) and developed by the Spanish Network of Theatres: Danza a Escena 2022 and the network Acieloabierto.
Tickets can be purchased at a single price of €8 on the website www.famtenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.
Las entradas, por un precio general de ocho euros, se pueden adquirir en la página web www.famtenerife.com, en la taquilla de lunes a viernes de 10:00 a 17:00 horas y sábados de 10:00 a 14:00 horas y de forma telefónica llamando al 902 317 327 en el mismo horario. Hay disponibles descuentos para menores de 30 años, estudiantes, desempleados y familias numerosas.
ˋThe very last northern white rhinoˊ, by the Argentinean choreographer Gaston Core with the dancer and model Oulouy, will take place this Friday
The festival FAM Otoño shows on Friday [the 30th Sept.] at 8 p.m. at the Espacio La Granja the solo The very last northern white rhino, by the Argentinean choreographer Gaston Core. The dance programme of Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural venue linked to the Department of Culture of the Tenerife Island Council that is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga, proposes this show starring the Ivorian model and dancer Oulouy.
This piece emerged out of the news of the death of the last northern white rhino, leaving a mother and its daughter as the last members of its species, with no chance of continuing. When New York Times reporter Sam Anderson learned of the death of the last male northern white rhino, he flew to Kenya to spend a week with the only survivors of the species.
Two females, mother and daughter, entered what is known as "functional extinction: when they die, the lineage will have ended. Anderson describes the daily life of Fatu and Najin who, indifferent to their fate, graze under the sun of the reserve where they will be kept safe from poachers until their death.
This image highlights life for life's sake since the only function of these individuals is to live and account for a species that is already a part of the past. Gaston Core imagines these hulking mammals as terribly fragile: their bodies as irreplaceable as pieces from a living museum.
Knowing that the northern white rhino will disappear with them, we no longer see just a safari animal but a terrifyingly human creature that confronts us with ourselves. For Core, "the fact that they are and occupy space is a testimony that makes the individual a symbol of his species; man, a symbol of man”.
Through formal research on different styles of urban dance, Core offers in this piece the image of the man who dances until exhaustion because there is, perhaps, nothing else that can be done. In other words, this piece presents dance as excess, as a celebration stemming from life.
“This image of the last two northern white rhinos brought me much peace at a time of great uncertainty for the world, like when at the end of "Melancholia" by Lars Von Trier, Kirsten Dunst's character builds the structure of a tipi without walls to take refuge with her nephew and sister and wait for the meteorite to collide with the Earth.
On 21 October at 7:30 p.m. the next appointment to enjoy the Arts and Movement Festival will take place at the Castillo Hall (Sala Castillo) of the Auditorio de Tenerife, staging the scenic work Parece nada (Not at all), by Guillermo Weickert. Based on an attempt to place the organ of perception (the eyes) as the perceived object (viewed), he proposes an exercise of taking another look at the stage, those who inhabit it and their movements as a testing ground.
FAM (Arts and Movement Festival), a proposal of Auditorio de Tenerife and a commitment to Spanish contemporary dance, comes alongside the artistic circuit supported by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) and developed by the Spanish Network of Theatres: Danza a Escena 2022.
The tickets are available on the website www.famtenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Some shows have age recommendations, which can be consulted on the website. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.
The Catalonia-born dancer Magí Serra and the Slovenian dancer Anamaria Klajnšček present the duet Cossoc at 7:00 p.m.
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island's Council that is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday 24th of September at 7:00 p.m. it offers a dance duet outdoors within the framework of the FAM Otoño (Autumn Moving Arts Festival). The performance Cossoc takes places outside the cultural centre with free admission until full capacity is reached.
The show by Magí Serra and Anamaría Klajnšček features hypnotic choreography full of suggestive images of what two bodies in constant balance can do. It is a research initiative on the complexity and simplicity of a relationship; a window of observation and curiosity for the viewer; a blurred boundary between public and private.
Establishing an intimate relationship, the two performers form a strong connection; a place where they can challenge their environment and become one with space. The piece brings the public down a path of silence and reflection. Perhaps the piece is nothing more than the search for a place to find yourself easily.
Magí Serra and Anamaria Klajnšček met in 2018 as part of the creative process of Tramaby Roser López Espinosa. In 2019 they began a creative process that ended with the creation of Cossoc in 2021, their first long project thanks to the co-production of the Fair of Tàrrega and El Graner, which emerged out of their shared interest to take dance out of the usual space of a theatre. Since then, they have performed in both international contexts as well as in local programmes for audiences of both adults and children. In addition to the duo, they have created a video dance that is currently touring around different festivals of this kind, and they also do workshops on their partnering proposal.
FAM Otoño is offering several shows that will take place between September and December on the stages of the Auditorium of Tenerife and at the La Granja Space of the Government of the Canary Islands, where the next dance event takes place. It will be on 30 September at 20:00 with the solo The very last northern white rhino, by Gaston Core. Performed by the dancer Oulouy, this piece emerged out of the news of the death of the last northern white rhino, leaving a mother and its daughter as the last members of its species, with no chance of continuing.
The Moving Arts Festival is an initiative by the Auditorium of Tenerife for contemporary Spanish dance, which comes alongside the art circuit promoted by the INAEM (Spanish National Institute for the Performing Arts and Music) and developed by the Spanish Theatre Network: Dance on Stage 2022. All information available at www.famtenerife.com.