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La movida may be just a distant memory in Barcelona, but La Veronal (which is based in that city) continues to defy convention with works that interweave performance and ballet, modernity and history. Marcus Morau is a master of surprise, and Siena bears his unmistakable stamp. On a hyper-realistic museum gallery set, a woman is lost in contemplation of a painting. A man watches her; the audience observes them both. The piece explores issues of art and representation, the human body and its projections; on stage, the choreography alternates between tight, cohesive ensembles and miniatures in motion. Morau traces a line from Titian’s Venus of Urbino to the films of David Lynch. A labyrinth of emotions in dance that propel the viewer beyond the mirror, Siena is a painting brought to life.
© Edu Pérez
Marcos Morau (Valencia, Spain, 1982) studied choreography at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia and Movement Research in New York, obtaining the highest score on the final project and the extraordinary award of the Institut del Teatre. He made his choreographic assistantship project in the Nederlands Dans Theater II and the company IT Dansa directed by Catherine Allard. His artistic skills are...Read more about Marcos Morau
Choreographer Marcos Morau created La Veronal in 2005, company formed by artists from the dance, film, photography and literature. The artistic team purpose lies directly on a constant search for new expressive media, for cultural references – cinema, literature, music and photography, mostly – to bet on a strong narrative language with the intention of forming global art spaces. La Veronal is creating a set of works where each...Read more about La Veronal
Direction Marcos Morau. Choreography Marcos Morau in collaboration with the dancers. Text and Dramaturgy Pablo Gisbert – El Conde de Torrefiel, with the collaboration of Roberto Fratini. Dancers Laia Duran, Cristina Facco, Cristina Goñi Adot, Anna Hierro, Ariadna Montfort, Lorena Nogal, Lautaro Reyes, Manuel Rodríguez, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong. Assistant Director Tanya Beyeler. Teacher Cristina Facco. Space and Lighting Design La Veronal & Enric Planas. Photography Jesús Robisco, Edu Pérez & Quevieneelcoco. Costumes Octavia Malette. Voice-off Victoria Macarte, Benjamin Nathan Serio. Translation Laura Cosme. Production Manager Juan Manuel Gil Galindo.
Siena is a coproduction of La Veronal, Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) and Hellerau European Center for the Arts (Dresden).
In collaboration with El Graner Barcelona, La Caldera, Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve Faro (Portugal), Duncan Dance Center Athens (Greece), Dance Ireland Dublin (Ireland).
With the support of INAEM – Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España and ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
Created in the framework of the European project Modul-dance, with the support of the EU Culture Programme.