For more than ten years I have been researching in the contemporary study of traditional Afro and folkloric dances. After having studied with different masters of contemporary and folkloric dance in Cuba, Uruguay and Argentina, the need arises to investigate using the technique at the service of exploring the maximum of physical and interpretative possibilities. The study of the orishas and the elements of nature, the percussion instruments and the regional legends that cross the different types of folklore, are the engine of my dance and choreographic creation. After having participated in more than 20 international festivals of UNESCO folk dances in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary and Serbia, the need to connect my contemporary vision with academic and popular knowledge was born in me. My approach is based on the search for new ways to understand the body and the connection with the original and intrinsic movement of the human being. From this premise, I seek individual and collective work, the plastic and aesthetic expression of the body. I work with dancers from different disciplines and backgrounds, both popular and academic. My research laboratories have to do with the absence of pre-established code, with the development and reunion of the sincere movement, stripped of judgments and with nature as a source of inspiration. I firmly believe in the power of popular roots to transform the international contemporary dance scene, because each people contains in its DNA something unique and unrepeatable to contribute, information, knowledge and ancestral knowledge, history, culture, evolution, specific points of view.
My work IJÖ is the result of an Artistic Residency for dancers in the prestigious dance school “INDANS”, directer by María Inés Dantes, one of the most important dance and investigation Master in Uruguay. We work with dancers from different disciplines: Afro, contemporary, Dancehall, flamenco, urban dances and jazz. I consider that the most interesting contribution of the work is the creation and search for a joint language between dancers of popular and academic training who until now had not had contact with other types of disciplines. To undergo various investigations to build together a new language and only ours, exchanging information and giving relevance to the different folklores that inhabit their bodies. IJÓ is the vindication of the value of differences, it is the contemporary approach to the language of Latin American peoples stripped of patriarchal stereotypes, of the roles traditionally assigned to men and women. It is a dance work that seeks to go to the depths of human connection, claiming the value of the concept of tribe and paying attention to the phenomenon of developing together a new language by being in a process of exchange and deep coexistence. IJO means resignifying the folkloric, embracing the roots, and understanding how we can transform the language of bodies from the present.
ARTIST Maria Eugenia Mello Olague
DUELO DEL FUTURO
“Duelo del Futuro” is the new stage piece that gives continuity to the solo “KRUMPFORMismo” developed in 2019. In this new creation the solo turns into a quartet piece of women from different origins such as Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and Bogotá; challenging and reshaping the technology and traditions of each city. The “duelo” between technology and movement manifests itself in the constant dialogue generated by these women and music to dance. The diversity between two cultures is also manifested as a dichotomy that pursues constant change adding up to tradition. For instance, the piece introduces a strong, slow and tradition-rooted beliefs (such as the ones belonging to Candombe (Afro-Uruguayan rhythm), and combines it with “Funk carioca” style (from Rio de Janeiro), which is a urban and open minded spirit that cherishes change. Always in constant mutation, transformation, experimenting and investigating forms as they shape themselves and distort; finding in these new forms the reinvention of the body, the cultural heritage, the popular culture , the academic body and everyday’s body. The “duelo” of the future is all about mixing languages to generate cultural impact and celebrating differences by giving them the right to have their own voice.
Audiences are identified as both people who are regulars in contemporary dance, as well as people who are regulars in other disciplines with which the piece dialogues, such as urban and folk dances such as hip-hop, funk, candombe, among others. The piece seeks to put in the public arena the themes of cultural diversity, identity, women and gender. Make visible from artistic expression, the richness of Latin American identities and their contribution to cultural diversity. Specifically from the heritage value of Candombe and its many possibilities for artistic development.
ARTIST Eugenia Silveira Chirimini
MAGDALENA LEITE & ANIBAL CONDE
Leviathan Body thinking practice for two performers in which they search to present a body that escapes the representation of a body, with natural light. Inspired by the film Leviathan from the Sensory Ethnography Lab and the Structural Film wave that seeks to affect the body of the viewer through the materiality of the medium. Selected by French choreographer Jérôme Bel to be part of the Local Festival International in the frame of Dañsfabrik 2022 in Brest, France. Idea and Performance: Magdalena Leite and Aníbal Conde Produced by FONCA National Founding for Culture and Arts from Mexico.
Be Water We dissent with our individualism We dissent with our subjectivity We dissent with our identity We become all that surround us We become each other We become like water Be water Thinking body practice for 2 performers. Study about the unison powers. Idea and Performance: Magdalena Leite & Aníbal Conde Produced by FONCA National Founding for Culture and Arts from Mexico Premiered at the Venice International Performance Art Week 2020 European Cultural Center Palazzo Mora, Venice (IT) 5 hours non stop version. action inspired by the film The Flicker by Tony Conrad, 1966. Idea and performance: Aníbal Conde and Magdalena Leite Created in the 2017 Artist in Residence Program of La Casa Encendida and the 2 May Art Center, CA2M in Madrid, Spain. Premiered in Montevideo at the Montevideo Danza Cycle, Teatro Solís and in Madrid in the Acento Festival at the CA2M.
Videoclip is a choreographic investigation that takes elements from Structural Cinema and music videos, to propose a space for contemplation and sensory experimentation activated by two live performers through sound, the projected image and their bodies. Idea and Performance: Magdalena Leite & Aníbal Conde Visuals: Aníbal Conde Sound Design: ANIMALE Sound recording: Rafael Martínez del Pozo Produced by the FONCA, National Founding for Culture and Arts from Mexico Premiered at the Pradillo Theater in June 2016, Madrid, Spain https://magdalenaleite.net/portfolio/videoclip/ Videoclip I Videoclip is a choreographic ethnology that studies the influence of video clips and MTV culture on the way of dancing and moving of Uruguayan, Spanish, Argentine and Mexican people born between 1968 and 1986. Produced by IBERESCENA creation grant and FONCA, National Founding for Culture and Arts from Mexico.
Experiment X5 Experimento X5 is a scenic experiment that aims, based on the analysis of the last five winning works of the National Choreographic Contest, to extract the “Success Formula” for the Prize. Finalist choreography of the 2014 Guillermo Arriaga Award. Idea and direction: Magdalena Leite Dancers: Juan Francisco Maldonado, Nadia Lartigue, Anabella Pareja, Toto Colina and Aníbal Conde Original music: Juan Francisco Maldonado and Ricardo Cortés Lighting: Nadia Lartigue
DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE DANCE is a scenic experiment that crosses the language of cinema and dance. The piece proposes a counterpoint between the representations of the body in the cinema, a medium where dance is associated with the illusion and evasion of reality, with the present and concrete body, as a living archive, container and prey of all those representations. Idea and performance: Magdalena Leite & Aníbal conde Premiered at the Judson Church in New York, June 2013 Performed more than 50 times in Latin America, USA and Spain.
Cover Solo inspired by the 16 mm record of the piece Trio A, “The mind is a muscle” and its details, by Yvonne Rainer, 1966. Just as in music it is common to take up pieces from others to generate one’s own version , in this work the record of Trío A and its details are taken up from a contemporary perspective. It is an experiment in which a pre-existing material is presented, analyzed and manipulated with the intention of obtaining, through small modifications, a result that is substantially different from the original. Associated concepts: appropriation, version, variation, authorship, creation, repetition. Idea and performance: Magdalena Leite Visuals: Aníbal Conde Cover has been presented 26 times from 2010 to date. Selected to be part of the exhibition The Life of Others, Repetition and Survival curated by Alejandra Labastida at the Akbank Sanat Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Because our work is good and rigorous, and it is done with heart and soul to be shared with everybody outside. Our work aims to value the knowledge of the body and its political powers for change. We have been working steadily for 15 years and we are very active in the Ibero-American community of contemporary dance, so we believe that our work is pretty representative of the current Ibero-American contemporary dance scene. The quality of our work is certified by the cultural institutions with which we work as you can see in the experience section, and by the grants of excellence that have supported us, like the National System of Art Creators of Mexico (2019.2021) and the Justino Zavala Muniz prize in Uruguay (2021-2022).
ARTISTS Magdalena Leite & Aníbal Conde
VARADA is a dance-theater play, born in times of confinement, of an imposed pause, of reflection and reconfiguration, contextualized in Montevideo 2020. Eight characters locked in their homes describe their reality and feelings through their moves. Dance is all over the circumstances, beyond the mind as a cure, like an inadvertent dialect of the unconscious The search of hope, like a necessity of survival. Press review: “Varada is a show of enormous artistic quality. A small reef of resistance, a manifesto against the adversity of reality, an antidote. Rosina gives us a work with social sensitivity that focuses on the personal human experience in the face of adversity. A social chronicle of the moment” La Diaria-Montevideo Feb-2022 Silvana Silveira.
I think this work has to travel the world, it touches on universal themes, with courage and delicacy. It is a very honest job, done with little resources during the pandemic, and reflects the times lived. It is created with great Latin American artists that Europe has to know
ARTIST Rosina Gil