Mimosa is a very common plant in the Baix Montseny (Catalunya). It’s a very fragrant flower, a raised yellow colour, which means that even when it withers it keeps its beauty. As it blooms at the end of winter, it is an ideal decoration for lapels, bows and hats, and the day of the ‘Ball de Gitanes’.
‘Mimosa’ is also the name given to the piece created on the occasion of the book presentation in Sant Esteve de Palautordera: ‘Dance at school. The mastery of Joan Serra’, written by Joan Figueres and published by the Association of Teachers Rosa Sensat.
Joan Serra Vilamitjana (1947 – 2013) dedicated his whole life to dance. He was a dancer and choreographer, teacher and pedagogue. His roots were in folkloric and traditional dance but his vision of dance was universal. He worked with the language of the body and deepened this research to create his own distinctive voice. With Mimosa Pau Aran wanted to express, in the form of dance, the recognition he felt that Joan Serra and his work deserved.
I write my language with the tip of the foot, an improvisation of the still point I move around, the referent, the ‘flat point’ that holds and witnesses the constant change…The caress in the movement in the dance...Dance is knowing how to look, how to see, Life is brutal! Dance is brutal!
-Joan Serra (1947-2013)
Sant Esteve de Palautordera
DIRECTION Pau Aran, Joan Figueres CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY Joana Serra Forasté, Sandra Ballbé, Magí Serra Forasté DRAMATURGY Pau Aran MUSIC Joan Figueres (original music), Judit Neddermann (vocal), Anna Berruezo (cello), Pau Figueres (guitar), Pep Coca (double bass), Núria Planas (cello), Enric Riera (violin), Arnau Figueres (percussion), Manel Garriga (vocal), Sandra Ballbè (vocal), Joan Figueres (cello, electric guitar) Recorded at MicroMusicEstudi, Sant Esteve de Palautordera ASSISTANCE Joan Figueres VIDEO Charlie Cattrall SUPPORT Obra Social ‘la Caixa’, Teatre Municipal Pare Casals (Sant Esteve de Palautordera), Associació Cultural Sant Esteve de Palautordera, Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Cultura