CODARA is a 30-minute piece created for six dancers. Inspired by ancient Spain where grief, anger, and despair were emotions inevitably nailed to the hearts of the Spanish in the last stage of the civil war, CODARA explores the passion for living and the struggle to survive. CODARA is a piece that finds a contemporary voice for one of the most renowned compositions, El Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. The choreography is strongly influenced by folklore, culture, and musical rhythms, and ultimately conveys to the viewer how hip and historic are not opposite. CODARA proves how new trends of contemporary movement have the power to evoke ancestral resonance.
Inside Kid is a fantastical, physically dense piece that was created to remind us to connect with our own inner child. Universally, we all embody a child spirit within us who desires to express individual curiosity, playfulness, and sense of wonder. As we become older we become distracted and numb to our authentic youth, and we inadvertently hide our true colors staying trapped in cocoons. This piece’s purpose is to ignite our imaginations and turn on our listening to the kid inside us who is ready to play, ready to connect, and ready to participate in a curious creative world.
CHOREOGRAPHY / Mario Bermudez Gil
CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT / Catherine Coury
DANCERS / Mario Bermudez Gil, Catherine Coury, Francisco Martinez Garcia, Violeta Wulff Mena
COSTUME DESIGN / Mario Bermudez Gil, made by Francisca Sanchez Melchor
MUSIC EDITOR / Itxasai Mediavilla
RUNNING TIME / 60 minutes, no intermission / 40 minute version available
WORLD PREMIERE DATE /
JACOB’S PILLOW INSIDE/OUT DANCE FESTIVAL, JULY 25, 2018
Alanda is a 45-minute dance piece inspired by the ancient rituals and breathtaking landscape of old Andalusia (Al-Andalus) – a gateway between Europe and Africa and a place where different traditions and cultures coexist. Alanda is a place where tribes gather, lovers dance, battles abrupt, and desert winds echo its remembrance. The dance is set to a powerful cinematic music score featuring ethnic composers.
“The dance and movement are bursting with joy. […] The uniqueness of ‘Alanda’ is the movement language. […] A dance that stores power and velocity.” – Haaretz, Israel 2016