Conversations. Conference. Mercat de les Flors Barcelona

Modul-dance conference · Conversations 2013 · Mercat Flors / Graner BCN · © Lluís Gutiérrez

Conversations provide the title to the conference that closes the four years and a half of the modul-dance project. Artists and partners involved in the project will stay together for 3 days in order to share, dialogue and enjoy the Sâlmon< Festival programme. Conversations is set up like a space open to the exchange of ideas, methodologies and affections. A space for the dialogue between artists and dancehouse directors, travel mates, which allow to go deep and strengthen relationships, which gives continuity to already started conversations and leave the door open to possible future relationships. In the same way, the conference talks with the city that host it, Barcelona. Walking with local artists, visits to different artistic spaces of the city and the Sâlmon< Festival programme generates intersections with the local context that enrich this dialogue.


Thursday 27th November

18:30 – 19:30 h. Welcome (At La Pedrera)

19:30 – 20:30 h. Performance: Pere Faura, Danza real ya! (At La Pedrera. Included in the programme of the dance cycle Dansa Ara)

21:30 – 22:30 h. Performance: loscorderos, ULTRAinnocence (At Mercat de les Flors. Included in the Sâlmon< Festival programme)

In ULTRAinnocence loscorderos insist on the relationship between text and physicality, while always remaining true to their style: the search for new narrative approaches that fee a predictable portrait, consolidating experimentation and research as a work tool. On this occasion, action takes precedence over images, text and live sound.

Friday 28th November

10:30 – 11:30 h. Opening speech. By Cesc Casadesús, Ulrike Kuner and Roberto Fratini (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

11:30 – 12:30 h. Open Space: Habitat. By Alexander Gottfarb, Coraline Lamaison, Daniel Abreu, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Jurij Konjar and May Zarhy (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

It’s a present to get a glimpse of someone’s internal world universe, shedding some light to another corner of our own. Strange then (isn’t it?), that the opportunities we create for such insights are so few. In writing this, I’m referring to the working habitats we co-create.
 Modul-dance being a production and connectivity oriented project, such insights first happened only at the 2013 modul-dance conference in Dusseldorf, where each of the participants had the chance to talk on anything they find valuable. Many of us responded favorably to the experience. The “habitat”’ lab aims to extend that proposal further.

A group of artists will share a working space for four days. One point of our common departure is a simple score. First. For each of us, in movement, finding and following our interest. Each practicing our own, alternating freely with observation of others practicing theirs. All that, while dealing with being observed. Second. This time One alone, with all the Others watching. Then a verbal description about what One has just shown, fitting words to sensations, with the Others listening. Then One showing again, with Others again watching. Third. A swap: all of the Others simultaneously show what they had seen, with the One now observing…

As it happens, this score is a variation on one of Lisa Nelson’s Tuning practice scores. It will serve as a map for making the first step. Then, it will be what we make it. Come practice attention with us, during the last hour of the lab on Nov 28th, when doors open.

12:30 – 13:30 h. Open Space: Image & Body, Digital & Flesh. By Eric Minh Cuong Castaing (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

How making digital object (video, photography, robots…) influence / interact mutually on different layers the process of dancer’s choreography. I will begin the conference by the projection of short movie Kid birds for camera, corealized with David Daurier. This short movie with kids dancers who transforming in particular light, and using motion capture is based on the concept and choreography of the movie Beach birds for camera of Elliot Caplan & Merce Cunningham. After this projection, I will explain the different relations I do, between my visual productions (photography, movie, CGI animation movie…), reference (photographer Jeff Walls, Walt Disney, filmmaker Terence Malik…) and my choreographic piece lil’dragon or my next project with humanoid robots and kids School of Moon.

16:00 – 17:00 h. Open Space: Discussion. By Emma Martin (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

16:00 – 17:00 h. Open Space: Discussion. By Arno Schuitemaker (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

A discussion on topics such as where is contemporary dance developing towards, what are the expected new artistic and perhaps relevant developments in terms of subject matters, dramaturgical approaches, and new interdisciplinary fields? At the meeting in Dusseldorf, I noticed many interesting talks involved the production of dance, the current difficulties encountered and the opportunities that might arise. For the meeting in Barcelona, it could also be interesting to discuss and hear thoughts from other artist and the dance producers what happens or might happen to the art itself, and perhaps, what can we contribute to it?

17:00 – 18:30 h. Open Space: Sudden fear: dramaturgy as a phenomenological gesture. By Roberto Fratini (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

A brief presentation and conversation about the analogies between the functions of the so called silent dramaturgy (against any critical or clinical definition of it) and the phenomenology as a form of theoretical and poetic gesture. We will talk about all the scary advantages – from perplexity to fear – associated to the technical ‘in-betweenness’ of the thing they call dramaturgy.

19:00 – 20:00 h. Performance: Mala Kline, Eden (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació. Included in the Sâlmon< Festival programme)

Eden juxtaposes two worlds that are simultaneously present at the meeeting point between performer and audience. The here and now of this encounter onstage collides with images that float in the spaces inside, outside and among the bodies. Working with these images throught the figure of a clown, Eden confronts opposing ambits and stages a series of paradoxes, playfully and with a sense of humour. Eden is not a paradisiacal state of rest, but rather a place of healing with a razor blade.

21:00 – 22:00 h. Performance: Manuel Rodríguez, Savescreen (At Mercat de les Flors. Included in the Sâlmon< Festival programme)

This performance explores the relationship between contemplation and the awareness of being, where though the sensorial facets of symbol and form the visual act becomes an act of faith. The body is allowed to behave like a screensaver, which is activated to transcend itself and attain a new cognitive level, projected towards infinity. The body-screen superimposes itself on the landscape, and as our host it guides us, hinting at itself in the search for balance and harmony.

Saturday 29th November

10:00 – 13:00 h. Walking tour BCN guided by local artists

13:15 – 13:45 h. Performance: Bea Fernández, Este lugar (At Antic Teatre)

Este lugar (This place) is a choreography for two interprets that transit from creative surfaces experimented this last year, leaving in the walk the obligations of significance and insisting in the affirmation of its pure abstract existence: “we are searching for intermediate spaces between abstraction and storytelling, searching a material which carry the potential of prose fiction and nevertheless avoid the creation of a meaning”

16:00 – 17:00 h. Open Space: The Ethics of Art. By Guy Cools (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

Guy Cools is dance dramaturge and co-editor of the book The Ethics of Art, on ecological turns in the performing arts. We would like to organize a follow up discussion around the theme of The Ethics of Art, which was the theme of the 3rd modul-dance Conference in Tilburg in 2012 and the title of the book that resulted from this conference. We would like to have your feedback on the ideas which were articulated at the conference and in the book and hear from you how these ideas resonate with your own practice and experience. Questions such as: How do you negotiate your own needs and desires as an artist with those of the larger political, economical and social environment(s) you are part of? How do you balance the need to ‘belong’ to a place with the needs for mobility; the local with the global? How do you develop long durational, sustainable practices?

17:00 – 18:30 h. Open Space: Workshop: Fico Training. By  Goran Bogdanovski (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

We will train our body, mind and spirit through dance and creation. Fičo Training provides movement and dance to receive an insight into the own body and self. It is not about how to dance, but what to do with it. With Bogdanovski’s self-created training method, participants will train their body, spirit and mind through dance. The training starts with raising pulse rates, followed by awakening the inner body, centers, energy and awareness. Afterwards, participants will apply one or two tools for improvisation and use them in their own dance creations in a group. Minimum age is 20 years. No previous experience is necessary, but curiosity and will. More info

17:00 – 18:30 h. Open Space: RECONSTRUCTIONS from inside out. By Jurij Konjar (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

Since 2007 I’ve worked as a dancer and collaborate on four different reconstructions: on a group piece called Fake it! with Janez Janša and on solos Goldberg Variations, Bound and Flat with Steve Paxton. I’d like to try and tell the story of the different approaches; what we looked for and what we found in the process of re-staging old work. If it so happens, in the conversation after we could also touch upon the ways of museums programing old and new dance, ways of archiving dance, passing-on the dance, the many Judson revivals, Cunningham and the Musee de la Danse. Vabljeni.

17:00 – 18:00 h. Open Space: Paradise Lost. By Ben Duke (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

A live trailer of Lost Dog’s new one man show. I’ve been working on a solo over the summer and I would like to present an extract from this work followed by a discussion around the themes of the work.

18:30 – 19:00 h. Closing Speech (At Graner, Fàbrica de Creació)

20:00 – 20:30 h. Performance: Aimar Pérez Galí, Accumulating (At Mercat de les Flors. Included in the Sâlmon< Festival programme)

Accumulating is an accumulation of sound, light and movement that proposes a contemporary ritual bridging clubbing culture and choreographic minimalism. The piece focuses on two historical moments in the world of dance and music of the early 1970s: the shift of paradigm toward postmodern dance with the Judson Dance Theater group and the origins of techno in Detroit. This choreography is a review of the compositional methods of that generation.

21:00 – 22:00 h. Performance: Jefta van Dinther, Grind (At Mercat de les Flors. Included in the Sâlmon< Festival programme)

Imagine a place that defies your senses. Imagine rhythms that affect your vision. Imagine a room where the dimensions of the space appear resilient. Imagine the pressure of sound transforming a body into vibrations. Imagine light that makes you perceive darkness. Grind offers this place where the components of body, light and sound create binds that affect, confuse and move.

22:00 – 00:30 h. Concert by Za! + Dj session (At Mercat de les Flors. Included in the Sâlmon< Festival programme)

Concert by the most innovative group of the Catalan music scene, Za! who will present an original and special show for the occasion. The Dj session will be by Disboot Dj. Disboot is a music label from Barcelona. Commited to taking risks and dedicated to musical innovation, Disboot is synonymous with quality electronic music that goes far beyond styles and trends.

Event Details

  • Starting Date: 27-11-2014
  • Ending Date: 29-11-2014
  • Address: Graner, Jane Addams 14-16. Barcelona (Spain)