The Internationale Tanzmesse Dusseldorf (Germany) is an international dance festival held every two years in Germany, bringing together professionals from European contemporary dance. It consists of a market area, supplemented by the live performances of companies from around the world to present their shows. The companies are selected by the festival’s artistic team, after submitting their applications to the event. At this year's festival, which is being held from 29 August to 1 September the Catalan company Colectivo Lamajara has been chosen to present their work out of over 500 proposals received.
Every year, the ICEC market area sets up a stand to give support to Catalan dance companies who want to attend and feature at the festival. This year, the IRL is also organizing a panel session within the T-Talks festival program, to discuss the festival’s central slogan, which this year will be on the relationship between dance and architecture.
The first part will be presented by Ester Vendrell, who will give an overview of Catalan dance in relation to architecture; during the second part, a debate will be held between herself and the two choreographers. This panel session is presented under the title Dance and Architecture in Catalonia: Creation, public sphere, cultural legacy and landscape, with a discussion on the cultural legacy of Catalan architecture, dance and cultural policies, providing an initial summary of points of convergence between these two artistic forms in recent years in Catalonia.
The festival will also include a list of the following shows with Catalan participation:
Wednesday 29th August
“Sinestesia” by Iron Skulls Co is performed in a post-apocalyptic world where a group of survivors embark on a journey together in search of safety through experimental dance. The result is a blend of hip-hop, acrobatics and contemporary dance, a form of body language where humans and animals merge, therefore inviting the public to an interplay of sensory interference.
Artists: CHOREOGRAPHERS AND PERFORMERS Adrián Vega, Agnés Sales, Diego Garrido, Facundo Martín, Héctor Plaza "Buba", Luis A. Muñoz, Moisés "Moe" | ART RESIDENCES Centre Cívic Barceloneta, Centre Cívic Les Corts, L'Estruch, El Graner, VariumSpai, CC Sant Adrià de Besós (Barcelona) | BOOK AND LIGHT DESIGNS Iron Skulls Co | LIGHT PetarTanev, Óscar González
The director of the prestigious dance company La Veronal, Marcos Morau, here works as a choreographer with the Basque company Kukai Dantza. The result of this collaboration is called “Oskara”, a piece which utilizes dance, text and images to examine the myths of Basque culture from its origins up to contemporary times.
Artists: PROJECT DIRECTOR Jon Maya | STAGE DIRECTOR Marcos Morau | CHOREOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez | DRAMATURGY Pablo Gisbert | DANCERS Alain Maya, Eneko Gil, Ibon Huarte, Martxel Rodríguez, Urko Mitxelena | SINGERS Erramun Martikorena | COSTUME DESIGN Iraia Oiartzabal | MUSIC Xabier Erkizia, Pablo Gisbert | TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Ángel Agüero | LIGHT DESIGN David Bernués
Thursday 30th August
Lamajara Collective - "Al Voltant"
The Lamajara Collective is an group of artists that share a great interest in body language and its numerous expressive possibilities. The piece “Al Voltant” embodies the relationship between two dancers who are very similar in appearance but different in character. The duo imitate the meeting and experiences between friends, moving forward together. An ode to the people who approach us and who accompany us on our path towards ourselves.
Artists: CONCEPT AND CHOREOGRAPHY Reinaldo Ribeiro i Daniel Rosado | ORIGINAL MUSIC Sebastián Garcia Ferro | LIGHT DESIGN Bernal Jansà | PRODUCTION Col·lectiu Lamajara, Lola Rodríguez | PROJECT MANAGEMENT Valeria Cosi | ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS Arantza López Medina, Sebastián García Ferro
Friday 31st August
“Fall Seven Times” is a collaboration between the dancers and choreographers Guy Nader and Maria Campos with 11 dancers from Tanzmainz. Nader and Campos are inspired on this occasion by the Asian proverb that says “fall seven times, stand up eight”. The proverb brings the continuous flow of falling and resuscitating as a movement of dance in itself.
Artists: CHOREOGRAPHER Guy Nader i Maria Campos | DANCERS Daria Hlinkina, Tijana Prendovic, Marija Slavec, Milena Wiese, Zakary Chant, Finn Lakeberg, Thomas Van Praet, Mattia De Salve, Matti Tauru, Louis Thuriot, John Wannehag | STAGE AND COSTUME DESIGN Lucia Vonrhein | MÚSICA Miguel Marín | LIGHT DESIGN Sebastian Ahren