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• La Veronal (Spain)

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La Veronal (Spain)

SIENA

17 October 2017

SND Historical Building


 Marcos Morau

studied choreography at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia and Movement Research in New York, obtaining the highest score on the final project and the extraordinary award of the Institut del Teatre. He made his choreographic assistantship project in the Nederlands Dans Theater II and the company IT Dansa directed by Catherine Allard. His artistic skills are not limited to dance but extended into disciplines such as photography and drama, studying the Master in Theory of Drama.

In 2005 he created La Veronal, company formed by artists from the dance, film, photography and literature. The artistic team purpose lies directly on a constant search for new expressive media, for cultural references – cinema, literature, music and photography, mostly – to bet on a strong narrative language with the intention of forming global art spaces. La Veronal is creating a set of works where each piece’s background takes as a starting point a country or city in the world, creating an analogy between dance and geography. The pieces do not intend to become as documentary films that describe the country directly, but makes use of the elements that the name provides to carry out the development of an idea, an argument. This imagery has led the company to differentiate itself on the map of international contemporary creation as an own voice.

Marcos Morau has been awarded with the National Dance Award 2013, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and Sebastià Gasch Award, an important prize granted by the FAD Foundation of Arts and Design. With his creations has managed to win awards in all national and international choreography competitions in which there have been: International Choreography Competition Hannover, Choreography Contest in Copenhagen, Madrid Choreographic Competition, Masdanza / International Dance Festival of the Canary Islands, Best show in Fira Tarrega for Los Pájaros Muertos, and the “Butaca” Award, the audience prize for the Best Dance Performance 2013 for Siena.

Marcos Morau and his team have begun exporting its seal to other companies of international reputation, creating new pieces for the National Dance Company of Spain, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Skånes Dansteater, Göteborg Operans Danskompani, Ballet de Lorraine or Carte Blanche Norway, among others. La Veronal’s work is present in some of the most important festivals and theatres in the world as the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, the Biennale di Venezia, Oslo Opera, Julidans Amsterdam, Tanz im August Berlin, Roma Europa Festival, SIDance Festival Seoul, Sadler’s Wells in London or the Internationale Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf, the most important dance showcase in Europe.

SIENA

Direction: Marcos Morau

Choreography: Marcos Morau v spolupráci s tanečníkmi / in collaboration with the dancers

Text and Dramaturgy: Pablo Gisbert – El Conde de Torrefiel, Roberto Fratini.

Performed by: Cristina Facco, Laia Duran, Cristina Goñi Adot, Anna Hierro, Ariadna Montfort, Lorena Nogal, Lautaro Reyes, Manuel Rodríguez, Marina Rodríguez and Sau-­‐Ching Wong

Assistant Director: Tanya Beyeler

Teacher: Cristina Facco

Space and Lighting Design: La Veronal & Enric Planas

Photography: Jesús Robisco, Edu Pérez & Quevieneelcoco

Costume: Octavia Malette

Voice-­off: Victoria Macarte & Benjamin Nathan Serio

Production Manager: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo

Siena is a coproduction of: La Veronal, Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) and Hellerau European Center for the Arts (Drážďany / Dresden).

In collaboration with: Modul-­‐Dance, El Graner, La Caldera, Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve Faro (Portugal), Duncan Dance Center Athens (Greece), Dance Ireland Dublin (Ireland).

/With the support of: INAEM – Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España and ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

Created in the framework of the European project modul-­dance, with the support of the EU Culture Programme.

A woman sits in a museum gallery and observes a painting. Near the door there is a man stands and watches the scene. This is the starting point for the project of La Veronal, which takes us to the Italian city of Siena to initiate a reflection on the conception of the human body. This represents and has represented the passing of the centuries, and art has involved itself with human material in as many ways as it has found convenient, while artists have used the body as a container and significant projector of meanings.

The piece is immersed in an approach to the history of Italian art, in a journey that begins in the Renaissance, when man returned consciousness to itself, and reaches the contemporary world. In this work Marcos Morau continues to rely on references from other artistic disciplines such as film and literature. The performances of La Veronal feature fiction composed by numerous scenic realities that are intertwined together, contaminating and working in unison like complex machinery, designed to penetrate the viewer’s perception beyond the conscious state.

Siena is built around the idea of exposing the body and its representations. Siena is located in a closed room, an anonymous and timeless place designed for display in its widest sense. Beyond the four walls, all the articulating elements of the piece are focused on building a look encouraged by external stimuli triggering the possibility of representation: a museum, a waiting room, a funeral home or a church are some of the settings where we see people who contemplate and are being contemplated, whose intentions and emotions are altered depending on the signifiers established by theatrical convention, but always within the bilateral pact between living bodies and their vestiges.

Siena exists as an exercise in observation and contemplation. His nature is to understand the contemporary body through those findings, fantasies and the states of the man it was; which arrived until today through art, and are guarded now in closed spaces, related to forms of worship and the repair/shame of the present.

The stage becomes in Siena an exclusive surface to witness the pleasure of seeing oneself and others, reconsidering its own uniqueness within a whole united with others. It is in this sense of unity where exploration of the possibilities through those links becomes an infinite task aiming for the collective will and in the theatrical act is translated into an absolute and intellectual participation of the audience. Siena uses the human to idealize the future human or the perfect human in a fatally Renaissance worldview.

Classically, the concept of beauty is defined by the proportional relation between different parts of a whole (harmony) and not under a monolithic idea. The sum of many bodies models a uniform and infinite body called Humanity, which in its less balanced slope we can define as mass. It is in this unit of bodies composing the social body where is generated this complexity Siena proposes to move to the scene. For the first time in its track, the creative work of La Veronal is organized around the recoding of the languages of the body through a personal physical vocabulary, skilled in translating poetically, by an exercise of ekphrasis, that which is hidden behind the visually palpable.