© Alex Font
April 13 – 14, 2022
A stunning work by La Veronal, one of Spain’s most acclaimed contemporary dance companies, directed by Marcos Morau. Pasionaria depicts an imaginary world, forged by everyone’s collective effort: the place we call progress. Yet here life has become an artificial experience and the inhabitants of this ideal planet have lost the ability to feel any emotion or passion. On stage, eight dancers, who move and talk almost like us and yet don’t look entirely human, show us the effects of this loss. The work questions the notion of progress and the values we live by, exposing the individualism and cowardice that are eating away our capacity for empathy and moral integrity.
Marcos Morau studied choreography at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, the Conservatorio Superior de Danza in Valencia and the Movement Research in New York. His artistic training is not limited to dance but extends into disciplines such as photography and drama. In 2005 he created La Veronal, a company formed by artists from a range of disciplines, including dance, film, photography and literature. Morau has been awarded the National Dance Award 2013, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and the Sebastià Gasch Award. La Veronal’s work is presented in renowned festivals and theatres worldwide; these include: Théâtre national de Chaillot in Paris, the Venice Biennale, Oslo Opera, Julidans Amsterdam, Tanz im August Berlin, Roma Europa Festival, SIDance Festival Seoul, Sadler’s Wells in London, Internationale Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf.
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Running time 75’
concept, direction: Marcos Morau choreography: Marcos Morau in collaboration with the dancers choreography assistant: Lorena Nogal répétiteur: Estela Merlos artistic and dramaturgical advice: Roberto Fratini, Celso Giménez dancers: Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong, Ariadna Montfort, Núria Navarra, Àngela Boix, Alba Barral, Jon López set design: Max Glaenzel costumes design: Silvia Delagneau sound design: Juan Cristóbal Saavedra video design: Esterina Zarrillo lighting design, technical management: Bernat Jansà technical assistance, special effects: David Pascual costume making: Ma Carmen Soriano masks and props: GADGET Efectos Especiales helmets: Ricardo Vergne prosthesis: Martí Doy spheres making: Goretti Puente footwear: Natalio Martín executive production: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo, Cristina Goñi Adot co-production: Teatros del Canal, Théâtre national de Chaillot, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Sadler's Wells, Tanz im August/ HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona – Institut de Cultura Ajuntament de Barcelona, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Mercat de les Flors with the collaboration of: El Graner Centre de Creació with the support of: INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte de España, ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya in collaboration with: Instituto Cervantes