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October 2018
by Rubén Ramos Nogueira

I’m going far away, I start in Madrid, but we’ll be right back. It is because, in the Teatros del Canal, Amalia Fernández presents En construcción 2, from October 12th to the 14th, a scenic piece that we saw in Barcelona, ​​at Mercat de les Flors, in the Sâlmon< festival two years ago. But, in the hand program, I have read this:

“Amalia Fernández (Granada, 1970) belongs to a generation of national artists who understand dance as a territory of research, experimentation and questioning that does not necessarily respond to the conventions of representation, so each proposal is a challenge not only for the author, but for the artists who accompany her and the public that comes to see her. Her works move around the periphery of pre-established schemes and lead the viewer to routes whose final destination is often unknown to everyone. ”

I wanted to talk about this. And not only about national artists, whatever nation we are talking about. And not only of those who come from dance, but them too. I would like to talk about this type of artists.

Let’s go back to Barcelona. Let’s start with Can Felipa. In Escena Poblenou, Leer es sexy presents Being Britney Spears on the 20th and Videoplaylist feminism pop on the 21st. Britney Spears speaking as Virginia Woolf in A room of her own or Virginie Despentes in King Kong Theory. Feminist ideology and gender identity in communion with the culture of entertainment thanks to the mastery of the technique of film dubbing.

Let’s go to the other side of the city, to the slopes of Montjuïc. La Poderosa starts this month its P.E.P.A. (Program of training and artistic practices). The first guest is Quim Bigas. You can meet him there every Wednesday of October, from ten in the morning to one in the afternoon. It is about putting training and creation at the same level, de-hierarchizing practices and putting them to play in the same plane. He will be followed by nine more guests, one per month: Mónica Extremiana, Guillem Mont de Palol and Jorge Dutor, Mònica Muntaner, Itxaso Corral, Samuel Leitellier, Carmelo Salazar, Cris Blanco, Amaranta Velarde and Bea Fernández.

Without going far from the mountain of Montjuïc, let’s go to Mercat de les Flors. In this new season Mercat proposes the concept “constellation” to get closer to the journey of some artists and their influences or fellow travelers. The Frenchman Boris Charmatz is the first. It presents Flip Book on October 24th and 25th, a choreographic piece made from the quick reading of a photography book that reviews the trajectory, around 150 works, by Merce Cunningham.

From Montjuïc we go to Les Corts, which is a few metro stops away. Even though we have a whole day to arrive because we are going to see Dancismo by Paz Rojo in the new building of La Caldera, now in the former Renoir Les Corts cinema. There, on the 26th, in one of the rooms where not too many years ago films were shown, we can now watch a video-essay by this Madrid-based choreographer made in collaboration with Emilio Tomé. It will be within the cycle Corpografies # 3 and in parallel to The deprived scene, which is the title of the Sporá sessions that Paz Rojo will lead at La Caldera, the evenings from October 22nd to 26th, based on the research on what she calls the plane of disconstituent perception in relation to dance.

The following day, to continue with the constellation of Boris Charmatz we must go to El Raval, at MACBA, where, in the halls of the museum, we can attend the performance 20 dancers for the 21st century, on days 27th and 28th. Twenty dancers of different generations interpret, appropriating some solos that, although they enjoyed some fame in the last century, surely have been already forgotten (because this is how it is: ephemeral).

We will finish again at Mercat de les Flors, where another constellation begins, dedicated to two local creators, Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol. On October 30th they will present The microphones and the next day And why John Cage? (October 31st and November 1st ), one of the most acclaimed pieces of the last decade in the circuit of the national live arts, made with the basics and put together with the metashit exceptionally well worn in order not to end with the freshness that emanates from the fabulous encounter between these two artists.

They will finish with Grand Applause (November 3rd and 4th), a large format piece that intends to transfer the exhibition format to a large hall, Maria Aurèlia Capmany, mixing the work of artists such as Luis Úrculo, Norberto Llopis or Bernhard Willhelm with the opera Carmen de Bizet, and with Heroes del Silencio playing there in the background.

Text by Rubén Ramos Nogueira for GRAF. Rubén is an artist, writer and on of the creators of Teatron.