Within the frame of a project called Coreógrafos en Comunidad at the Centro Conde Duque in Madrid, curated by Camille Hanson, Pau Aran investigated, proposed and created a piece called Tres Maneras in collaboration with four artists based in Madrid: Diana Bonilla, Sergio Celebrowsky, Laura Cuxart, and Naiara Rojo.
They concentrated their research on notions of performance and place. Their observation focused on the need to question spaces. This took into account the fact that Pau was working with artists who had a long relationship with the city of Madrid, and feelings of lacking support. Which is a tangible and physical one, as the contemporary dance scene is not cared for by the state as it could/should be.
So something deeply felt, but where this vulnerability can bring up an extraordinary inner strength. Feeling helpless in the face of bigger structures within a city, but finding that where this lack of resources against a misuse of infrastructures should be a hindrance, that actually there is a power and freedom ready to be manifested. The triggering of this dormant potential became the departure point of this group piece.
In the piece there are three paths, from three women in different stages of their lives: one’s pregnant, one’s not, the third gave birth to a boy, Eliott.
One woman arrives, she looks, she stops, she walks again changing direction, as if accompanied by her shadows. Another woman observes, sitting, leaning against a wall. A third woman appears facing the ground as if hidden from herself. Slowly. She waits.
They are in a Vortex. Long hair, black pants, white shirts. Each is absent from the other until they look at each other and decide to dance together. Then the empty space becomes an invitation itself, an invitation to inhabit, an invitation to create in it and with it, together, in community.
Glances and complicity. Latencies and waiting. Actions gather them together but then individualise them constantly: wrapping up inside their hair and then letting their hands escape in search of new horizons.
Different impulses and gestures meet and separate: they take the air between their fingers, they swim through it, small blows become lines of escape. Turning to feel the connection between the air and the heart.
Urgency. Ruptures. Suspension. Poetry.
Holding on to be part of the idea of another, running as a way of breaking the calm, creating forms that construct a group presence. Return to the beginning, and dancing in solo. Falling down and standing up. Falling down and standing up. Back to the beginning, but in a very different way…
Then the empty space becomes an invitation itself, an invitation to inhabit, an invitation to create in it and with it, together, in community.
CREATED WITH & PERFORMED BY
Diana Bonilla, Laura Cuxart, Naiara Rojo Espino
Sergio Celebrowsky, Charlie Cattrall
Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid