With this new work, El Bosque, Marcat Dance wants to continue connecting to a physical movement vocabulary, which after years of work they have been internalizing and making very their own and personal, with new levels and movement dynamics. To do this, they will investigate the movement of animals, exploring the weight of their own bodies in relation to gravity, like the animal, which is prepared to attack or protect itself from a very internal and intuitive place. This process will therefore open up new channels and physical possibilities that will continue to enrich Marcat Dance’s vocabulary.
In this new piece, lasting 60 minutes for three dancers, we will be able to see a lot of floor work and interactions between performers, deeply inspired by the forest, its atmospheres, energies, sensations, as well as the trees and animals that inhabit it. Mario Bermúdez, Catherine Coury and Marilisa Gallicchio will form the cast with original music composed by José Pablo Polo. The three will be part of a mysterious world, alive, energetic, bright at times, and dark at others, clear and cloudy, terrifying and wonderful, dualities that fade when we enter the forest.
The forest, therefore, will not only serve as inspiration for the movement, but also for lighting design, costumes and of course the musical composition. All the elements will be intimately related under this concept to introduce the spectator in a sensory journey, a journey that allows him to lose himself within it.
As Jose Pablo Polo, musical composer and performer, expresses:
“Listening is probably the most treacherous of all our faculties. While the set of things that we can see and touch are presented to us as a certainty, or as something present on which we configure our reality, sound is something ephemeral, transitory, a memory of something distant. To enter a forest is to face this uncertainty, to dialogue with a series of sounds that disturb us due to the lack of knowledge of the origin of their emitting source. This immersion into the unknown is the starting point of the musical composition for The Forest: a real-time orchestration of a soundscape of an electric nature, almost bioluminescent, that leads the viewer along paths that throb, labyrinths that resonate with the weight of the gravity of a deep sleep from which we cannot wake.”
- World Premier Festival Marbella, Tododanza 2022
- Running time 60 minutos
- Choreography Mario Bermudez Gil
- Original score Jose Pablo Polo
- Sound design Jose Pablo Polo
- Lighting design Mamen B.Gil
Huesos de Madera is a 50-minute piece performed by Marilisa Gallicchio and Mario Bermúdez himself with live piano music performed by Javier Negrín Dorta, who reflects on the new situation of paraplegia suffered by a relative of Mario, his uncle Antonio Gil Pérez, after an accident, and how this event has forever changed his life and that of the people around him. The piece has also had an external dramaturgy, by the hand of Isabel Vázquez, which has allowed guiding the creation within the labyrinth of emotions that make up this choreographic material.
Adama is a dance that emerges from the depths. It is telluric dance. Of earth and convoluted roots. Of wild nature, of trees separated on the surface that confuse their roots underground, that embrace underneath in a network that connects them, makes them strong and safe. The inspiration for this new trio came to Mario Bermúdez just by looking down, seeing his feet stepping on the red earth of Vilches, looking up at the horizon from the window of his house in this town of Jaén where he saw the light , and where he now lives, creates and is based Marcat Dance, his company. Pablo Polo’s music, created exclusively, uses the sound of a language without origin that seems but is not Arabic, Spanish, Hebrew or any other known. To the rhythm of these voices an evocative dance of nature and its free will is built, which sets these three bodies free, nevertheless trapped on an insignificant planet in the face of the greatness of its solar system. And always following the rules of nature, the choreography is circular, it begins where it ends and begins again. It is at a time cycle, continuity and eternity …
And it also happens in Adama who seems to want to reveal secrets. Secrets of the earth and the ancestors that cannot be expressed in words but that touch the sensibility, that come through the sensual and earthly movement, the evocative music, the whole atmosphere that connects with remote times and cultures from contemporary codes of dance and staging.
Longing is a choreographic proposal that focuses on the feeling of human desire turning it into dance. Mario Bermúdez Gil creates, based on the original music of Pablo Polo, through the body, a language of movement beyond its limits.
Six interpreters yearn to find calm, immersing themselves in an emotional process that connects their strong technique with the most human. The piece uses scenes from everyday life, elements close to all of us, with images that invite you to get caught.
Longing is a sensory journey with musical rhythms in time and space that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on the viewer’s retina.
General direction and choreography: Mario Bermúdez
Choreography Assistant: Catherine Coury
Light and lighting design: Olga García
Musical composition and sound: José Pablo Polo
Co-production: Itálica Festival, Ritmos del Mundo and Marcat Dance
DUET ALANDA connects and contrasts vital paths of the past and present as lineage lines intersect with movement memories of cultural beauty and tradition. Wherever its origin comes from, dance evokes life; the old and the new. United in strength and fluidity, the couple is in sync, balancing tension and tenderness, chaos and calm. Together they move perfectly wrapped in a veil of dream. Coury and Bermúdez, artists from two distant worlds, the United States and Spain, who come together as one.
Duet Alanda is the development of a short piece with which Mario has won awards such as 1st Prize “Masdanza23” in 2018 or the Production Prize Winner of RIDCC in 2018, Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition.
Running time 30 min.
Garip is a wild, fanatical trio whose characters become a tribe of the same shadow.
Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil plays with character overshadowing, shading, and
tracking closely and secretly someone’s footsteps. At times the entity becomes fully
enveloped in shadow, and at times the audience is provoked to see that there is no shadow without the potency and power of light.