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A passion denotes both action and stasis, suffering and joy, love and death. In “Pasionaria” Marcos Morau seeks the common theme that links these very different forces, and at the same time examines their varied meanings. The Spanish choreographer and his company La Veronal became well known for their narrative power and interdisciplinary approach. In their new production they get to the bottom of what makes human beings human, and what is marginalised by science and morality: our wishes and desires, dreams and passions.
Marcos Morau, born in Valencia in 1982, studied choreography in Barcelona, Valencia and New York. His artistic abilities range beyond dance to photography and theatre. In 2005 he founded the company La Veronal, which tours to international acclaim with members from dance, lm, photography and literature. Morau’s accolades include the National Dance Award of the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 2013, and he has worked as guest choreographer for other companies, such as the Compañía Nacional de Danza, Spain, the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sweden and Hessisches Staatsballett, Darmstadt / Wiesbaden. La Veronal visited Tanz im August with “Siena” in 2014 and “Voronia” in 2015.
“If you control the children, you control the future.”
taken from “Submission” by Michel Houllebecq
Imagine that place everyone talks about. The place into which we will change all this. That world that is a result of all our efforts throughout these years. That place we call progress. We could call that place, that planet, Pasionaria. Beings similar to us, who have been perfectly designed to imitate us, live there. What we call life has become an artificial landscape and its inhabitants have turned into technological gadgets that have lost any kind of passion. The present in which we live makes us imagine a future in which we have simply stopped feeling. A future in which we do not even aspire to differentiate ourselves or feel that we are living our own life. The poet Leopoldo María Panero wrote: “I destroy myself to know that I am me and not all of them.” We understand that pain and passion are what differentiate us from robots or statues, and we will use those inert bodies in this piece to look at ourselves, find differences and discover whether we are still alive.
“Pasionaria” questions the emotional detachment that we are moving towards. A reflection on the idea of progress that is being imposed on us. The artificial world which we are pushed towards and violently thrown into, where individualism and moral cowardice is turning the current world into a place of defenceless adults. A future that is obviously too far away.
La Veronal, Juni 2018
[Source: play bill]
TFB Nr. 1211
Cast & Credits
Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreography: Marcos Morau
Choreography Assistance: Lorena Nogal
Artistic & Dramaturgical Advice: Roberto Fratini, Celso Giménez
By and with: Àngela Boix, Chey Jurado, Ariadna Montfort, Núria Navarra, Lorena Nogal, Shay Partush, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong
Stage Design: Max Glaenzel
Costume Design: Silvia Delagneau
Spheres Costume: Goretti Puente
Masks & Props: GADGET Efectos Especiales
Helmets: Ricardo Vergne
Protheses: Martí Doy
Costume Construction: María Carmen Soriano
Footwear: Natalio Martín
Sound Design: Juan Cristóbal Saavedra
Video Design: Joan Rodon, Esterina Zarrillo
Lighting Design & Technical Direction: Bernat Jansà
Technic Assistance & SFX: David Pascual
Repetition: Estela Merlos
Executive Production: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo, Cristina Goñi Adot
Co-Production: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Teatros del Canal Madrid, Théâtre National de Chaillot Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Sadler’s Wells London, Temporada Alta – Festival de Tardor de Catalunya Girona, Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona – Institut de Cultura Ajuntament de Barcelona, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival Rovereto
In Collaboration with: El Graner Centre de Creació, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
Supported by: INAEM – Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte de España, ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
With the support of Institut Ramon Llull and Instituto Cervantes.
Tanz im August 2018
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Isa Köhler
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Marie Schmieder
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistant Producer: Alina Sophie Lauer
Technical Director: Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)