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.
These days, in the midst of crumbling human relationships, the meeting and starting of something together is a small miracle of life. Shared gestures are woven delicately like the words of an interrupted poem that endures despite its vulnerability.
Dancing in solo also emerges from a separation: taking a kind of distance, connecting with something different, something that others do not see, that others do not feel. The body takes possession of a deep feeling that escapes, and that implores us to liberate each of our extremities.
The swaying of a cello can be transformed from the inside and expressed by the body, but also by the frequency of the vibrations in the air, the echoes that float behind the passage of its melodies, can all implore us to move.
Remembering, reconciling the feeling at every step that escapes us. Sharing a glance, two or three, the feeling of a pause. Calming the head and waiting, then the movements that come after a moment of suspension, and then, suddenly, frenetic.
Remembering a dance, exchanging it, influencing it, feeling the weight of a waltz that takes us from one side to the other…
…to come back unexpectedly to ourselves, to open up to others, as if the leaves of a mimosa brought us back to that moment of wonder.
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
Pau Aran (Project Founder: Joan Figueres)
CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY
Joana Serra Forasté, Sandra Ballbé, Magí Serra Forasté
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
Obra Social ‘la Caixa’, Teatre Municipal Pare Casals (Sant Esteve de Palautordera), Associació Cultural Sant Esteve de Palautordera, Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Cultura