Cecilia Colacrai, Iris Heitzinger, Anna Rubirola, Xavi Moreno, Federica Porello and Natalia Jiménez have been meeting in various workshops and projects. In those encounters they could identify common interests regarding movement, research and the development of performative languages. What unites them is an investigation of movement based on scores which create concrete and elaborate frames at the same time as they give way to the performer’s capacity to apply his or her creative intuition when they encounter the public on stage.
In August 2012 they all participate in the workshop of Thomas Hauert and get fascinated by his language possibilities. It is then that they find the way to link their interests through the language built by the choreographer. In this moment, given the will of Thomas to engage in directing a creation process with them, they start organizing themselves to make ithappen.
Thomas Hauert: a stimulating constellation
Teaching workshops at the invitation of Angels Margarit/Mudances and Alexis Eupierre/La Caldera over the last years I’ve had the opportunity to get in touch regularly with the dance community of Barcelona. It has been very exciting for me to discover many dancers/choreographers working in here, and I’ve been amazed every time about the mature, positive attitude, the high level of skills and the abundance of creative energy among the artists I met. I’ve always been impressed by the mutual respect and support they show for each other’s work and of course it has been also extremely rewarding for me to witness their interest and enthusiasm for my work and to see them come back to my workshops repeatedly to continue to study, practice and play with the propositions. When Cecilia, Natalia, Anna, Federica, Xavi and Iris approached me with their desire to continue working and create a dance piece together, I was immediately thrilled by the idea. They are a group of wonderfully skilled dance artists and strong, creative personalities. Most of the choreographic forms I’m using in my pieces and I’m teaching in my workshops are not actually set, predefined movements but are sets of parameters designed to generate movement when combined with the creativity of each dancer who engages with them. The structures bear a great creative potential that could take many different shapes depending on the personalities that deal with them, and the emphases that are decided upon in the working process. The quality of the outcome depends heavily on the creative input of each dancer and the dynamics within the group.
LaBolsa: zoom in, zoom out
The mesure of disorder is a dance piece which gives protagonism to the body and the mind and its complex capacities of alertness, flexibility, and adaptation, while continuously generating new situations in real time. A piece which puts on stage an invented organism, which, just like society and biological systems, reorganises and reinvents itself constantly, nurturing itself from all individual initiatives. In order to show this we part from the basic concept: “zoom in – zoom out”, which is reproduced on all different levels of the project: -In its formation, considering the coming together of individual artists. We find the zoom-in in the individual and the zoom-out in the totality of the group which forms an identity in itself. –In the methodology, it being a collaborative one, which gives rise to an artistic process in form of a dialogue, without directionality, continuously passing from the individual to diverse group constellations. In order to compose The mesure of disorder , the unconscious is valued as a means of experimentation and adaptation to exterior stimulus. We work based on scores which, in some way, want to give order and a necessary frame to disorder. Searching for the measure of disorder.
Direction Thomas Hauert
Concept & creation Thomas Hauert & Group La Bolsa
Danced & performed by Cecilia Colacrai, Natalia Jiménez, Mireia de Querol, Iris Heitzinger, Xavi Moreno, Federica Porello and Anna Rubirola.
Musics Petrouchka (extracts), Igor Stravinsky, I-Ching Variations, for brass quintet and live electronics: First movement, Per Martensson, Relative Patterns (extracts), Fredy Vallejos, Pictures at an Exhibition (extract), Modest Mussorgsky, Mini Overture, Witold Lutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra (extract), Béla Bartók, Call, Luciano Berio, Musique pour Jean-Michel Othoniel, Mauro Lanza, Vorrei Che Fosse Amore, Mina, Aschenblume (extract), Mauro Lanza, Don Juan (extract), Richard Strauss, Sol (extract), Mauro Lanza, Avenue C (remix), Count Basie
Light Bert Van Dijck
Costumes Carme Puigdevall
Production Zoo/Thomas Hauert (Brussels) & Anna Bohigas (Barcelona)
Coproduction Grec Festival de Barcelona (ES), Charleroi danse – Centre Chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE), Les Brigittines (BE).
With the collaboration of l’Animal a l’Esquena (ES), L’Estruch-Fàbrica de Creació de les Arts en Viu de l’Ajuntament de Sabadell (ES), Fabra i Coats (ES), La Caldera – Arts del Moviment (ES), El Graner (ES).
With the support of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service de la danse / Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour les arts / Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie / Ein Kulturengagement des Lotterie-Fonds des Kantons Solothurn / Wallonie-Bruxelles International / Generalitat de Catalunya