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Co-production with Julio Mario Santo Domingo Theater
Name: IRA. Triptych
Choreographers: Laisvie Andrea choa, Diana León y Valerie Green.
Dancers: David Bernal, Christian Briceño, Hilse León, Lorena Lozano, Mateo Mejía y Laura Toro.
Sound design: René Moreno.
Scenography and lights design: Luis David Cáceres
Documentary and photos: Camila Malaver.
Graphic design: Laisvie Andrea Ochoa.
Special thanks to: Sandra Paola López
ABOUT THE WORK
IRA is a triptych-like piece that addresses the issue of anger as a feeling that arises in the face of injustice and that has the potential to instigate social change. Three choreographers, two nationals and one international, present their own perspective on questions such as: Where do the different expressions of anger inhabit in the body? How does this feeling arise and how is it transformed? What can mobilize anger beyond destruction? Is anger part of our sentimental identity as Colombians? Although the work is made up of three pieces, as a whole it develops an artistic language based on the notion of Universal Accessibility. This means that it integrates elements such as Sign Language and audio description as expressive means within its dramaturgy, so that all audiences can enjoy it.
Our commitment to inclusion is not only reflected in working with artists with and without disabilities, but also in opening the work to a diverse audience.
One of the most important aspect of the project is to create under the notion of universal accessibility. This means that we will integrate elements such as subtitles, audio description and sign language within the dramaturgy of the work. Our interest is to use these tools as means of expression that constitutes our language as an inclusive dance company. Thus, our commitment to breaking down barriers to participation in the performing arts will not only be reflected in working with artists with and without disabilities, but also in opening up to a diverse audience.
ABOUTH THE CREATION PROCESS
3 pieces - 3 makers - 3 residences
Working from February to August 2021
ABOUT VALERIE GREEN/DANCE ENTROPY
Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the world. As a professional nonprofit dance company, the communities we engage with have included at risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens and aspiring/professional dancers.
Dance educator and choreographer from Bogota. Artistic director of ConCuerpos.
Dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has a degree in Art Education from the Francisco José De Caldas University. She studied dance at Danza Común academy and the Instituto Superior de Artes de La Habana (Cuba) ISA. Diana is a student of the specialisation in Human Development with an emphasis on affective and creative processes at the Francisco José de Caldas University. She has participated as choreographer and co-director in the companies Teatro Asfalto y Polvareda “Simoncito” (2007), Línea de aire Contemporary dance company “Detrás de mis ojos”, “La Oruga” and “Oxigeno” (2008-2012), and, La Torpe Company “Luna Inquieta” (2015). As a dancer and performer she has participated in works by the companies Itinera physical theater (2013), La Resistencia (2014-2015), La Malinche (2015), Imagen en Movimiento in the dance film “De cara al Cielo” (2015), OBJET-FAX (2017-2019) and ConCuerpos (2018). Since 2019, she is the Artistic Director of ConCuerpos leading the training program of the company Zona de Creación Accesible (Accessible Creation Zone) and directing the dance “2/3y un baño” which had a telematic version in 2020, and was developed thanks to the creation grand given by the District Institute of the Arts in Bogota, IDARTES.
Laisvie Andrea Ochoa
Choreographer, video artist and inclusive dance expert. Director of ConCuerpos.
Colombian-Lithuanian choreographer, inclusive dance expert and video artist. She is the co-founder and current leader of “ConCuerpos”. Laisvie studied Psychology and a Specialisation in Multimedia Creation in Colombia and the Master in Choreography COMMA (CODARTS / Fontys) in the Netherlands. She trained in dance mainly at Danza Comnun academy in Bogota and has been a dancer in Colombia for the companies La Arenera, Tercero Excluido, Korpe, and La Gata Cirko. Laisvie is a member of the performing arts magazine el cuerpoeSpin and she has co-written 2 books in the field of Inclusive Dance. Laisvie has directed dance works in Colombia, Argentina, and the Netherlands. Currently, her main creative exploration is multimedia performance, while maintaining the values she developed in her inclusive dance practice: work from subjectivity, develop bodily intelligence from a state of listening and find creative freedom from the abundance of imagination. Laisvie addresses political and human issues in her works, with a broad understanding of dance. At the moment she moves between Colombia and the Netherlands, continuing her work with ConCuerpos, being a dance teacher and a maker. In the Netherlands, she is working for the dance theatre company Plan D and as a video artist for the choreographer Roshanak Morrowatian.
From February 9 to March 11 2021
The objective is to start the explorations on the choreographic possibilities to approach anger from the notion of universal accessibility. For this reason, various mechanisms that link movement, verbal description and use of the Colombian Sign Language will be investigated.
As a result of this stage, it is sought to have clarity to make the first proposals for costumes, art, scenery, sound and accessibility. These will be the common elements between the three pieces of the triptych.
Video artist Camila Malaver will follow the creation process to film a sensitive documentary that will have three chapters. The main narrative language will be dance.
We will share this beautiful documentary through Patreon.com where our subscribers will receive a monthly advance, and will be able to know how an inclusive dance company works under the notion of universal accessibility.