Ich bin nicht nur ein Körper, aber wenn du willst, kann ich tanzen

This choreographic solo began as a dialogue between Blanca Noguerol and Pau Aran. A dialogue about identity and the exploration of their origins. Their shared path from Barcelona to Wuppertal. The circumstances inside and outside Germany. They have both trodden a similar path that coincidentally brought them together in the spring of 2005. Since then a friendship was forged from their shared roots, as they both tried to build foundations in a new place far away from home.

Inspired by the reminiscences of ‘Brocken’, this piece aims to observe the concepts of power, femininity and freedom in a new prism. To do that, we need to move forward together unknowingly, without first remembering what happened before. The paradigm that emerges suggests replacing the political with the poetic. At some point in the process texts from Federico García Lorca’s ‘Mariana Pineda’ appeared.

Blanca slowly approaches. She comes from a place she already knows and looks back. How many ‘Blancas’ live in her body? For how long have they been hiding, waiting?

 

She looks at us.

 

She wants to tell us something, but we don’t know if she will talk.

 

She looks at us…

The threads of memory come back. From a ball of red wool the embrace of what arrives in this place emerges, in the hands of a woman searching for herself. Ghosts of a story contained in her waning gaze. Hands and feet disarticulate like insects reconstructing the shells of their fellows, trying to understand how the spider walks with its eight legs without ever tripping over.

Space opens up and reveals a territory resplendent with memories of the past stained with the present. The sadness of a question thrown to the winds  screamed out in order to be understood, to see, to feel, in the nightly thickness narrated in the insomnia.

A white shirt seems to remind her of the breeze of her mornings, while the castanets awaken the trembling energy of a nomadic dance. Dancing on the edge of this lyrical continuity, she holds on to visceral impulses that sweat through her skin, her hands, unpredictable postures and decisions. Hair that contains the echoes of our dead. Her words, thick with affection, run through a range of tenderness, rage and determination, the melodies of a Catalonia furious with hypocritical globalisation.

To mutate into the feminine is to welcome the world of possibilities that do not yet exist and that pass through our bodies. One of them runs through the mountains. Her legs, her neck, her face sprout from her belly at every step, at every word. Her arms open the way and support the passage of all those who have forged their dreams and seem to whisper in my ear: ‘things do not happen to me. The world is mine.’

At dawn they called, they are on the landing of the stairs; the Mother when she goes out to open the door is wearing her dressing-gown. What do these people want calling so early in the morning?
-Maria del Mar Bonet and Lluís Serrahima

Ich bin nicht nur ein Körper, aber wenn du willst, kann ich tanzen

2019

Wuppertal

25 minutes

DIRECTION

Pau Aran

CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY

Blanca Noguerol Ramírez

DRAMATURGY

Silvia Munzón López

MUSIC

Tim Kienecker, Armand Amar & The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Catalunya Radio Overture’ (Radio), Maria del Mar Bonet, ‘Les Maces de la Patum’ (Folk music from Catalonia), Ovidi Montllor, Janis Joplin, Nina Hagen & The Capital Dance Orchestra

LIGHTING DESIGN

Peter Bellinghausen

SET DESIGN

Pau Aran, Silvia Munzon López

VIDEO

Charlie Cattrall, Klaus Dilger

COLLABORATORS/SPECIAL THANKS

Matthias Burkert, Tim Kienecker, Chrystel Guillebaud, Çağdaş Ermiş, Christopher Tandy, Andreas Eisenschneider, Karsten Fischer, Manfred Marczewski, Maske Abteilung (Wuppertaler Bühnen), Tsai Wei Tien, Oleg Stepanov, Daniel Doña

SUPPORT

A project of Tanztheater Wuppertal – Pina Bausch

Pau Aran