ConCuerpos, the pioneering inclusive dance company from Colombia is coming to the Netherlands in July. The company will be performing its latest work IRA (Rage) twice in Utrecht and offer 2 workshops. Each performance will start with an introductory talk to give context, present a documentary about the creation process, and talk about the importance of inclusion and accessibility in the dance field.
+ With Sign Language Interpretation and Audio description.
Our commitment to inclusion is not only reflected by working with artists with and without disabilities but also by opening the work to a diverse audience.
IRA is a 2 parts work that addresses how the feeling of anger arises in the face of injustice and has the potential to generate individual and collective change. In the first part choreographer, Diana León presents anger as a motor source, as an explosion that allows a rebirth. Where do the different expressions of anger live in the body? What states does it provoke? In the second part choreographer, Laisvie Ochoa investigates the place of anger in the sentimental configuration of Colombian identity. She was inspired by the photo and audio registration of the event known as El Bogotazo (April 9, 1948), where collective anger spread throughout the country in search of revolution.
Although the work consists of two pieces, it develops an artistic language based on the notion of Universal Accessibility, which means integrating Sign Language, subtitles, and audio descriptions as part of the dramaturgy. This is what is called the Aesthetics of Access and it allows all types of audiences can enjoy the work, including people with visual and hearing impairments. So it's an accessible dance work made by an inclusive dance company. Everyone is welcome!
July 15th 2022
Performance 1: 18:30 -20:00 h
Performance 2: 20:30-22:00 h
Domplein 4, Theaterzaal DOMUS, Utrecht
Choreographers: Laisvie Andrea Ochoa and Diana León.
Dancers: David Bernal, Christian Briceño, Hilse León, Lorena Lozano, Mateo Mejía y Laura Toro.
Original Music: René Moreno.
Costume design: Rafael Arévalo
Video: Laisvie Ochoa & Luis David Cáceres
Lights design: Luis David Cáceres
Light technician: Petyr
Documentary and photos: Camila Malaver.
Duration: 50 mins
Year of creation: 2021.
Co-production: ConCuerpos, Teatro Julio Mario Santo Domingo and Agraf.
Thanks to: DansCentrum Utrecht, ELAP Center,
International Sign Language Invitation:
Inclusive dance workshop at DCU
In this inclusive dance workshop, the dancers from ConCuerpos will share the creative tools that they developed during the creation process of their dance work IRA. For that creative project, the company started a research on the aesthetics of access, which means to integrate accessibility elements such as subtitles, audio descriptions, and Sign Language within the dramaturgy of the work and not as added tools. In this way, the company is developing a unique artistic language that is both inclusive and accessible. The workshop will start with an encounter with one’s own body, its singularity and its possibilities of movement to establish a broad range of movement qualities. After that, the participants will experiment with different exercises to gain greater freedom and openness to the pleasure of dance in relation to time and space. The next level will be the encounter between diverse people, acknowledging what we share and what makes us unique to enjoy relationships from creativity and respect. The last part will be focused on the relationship between Sign Language and dance, enhancing the kinetic characteristic of this language in choreographic terms.
July 12th / 19:00 -22:00h / €25
Domplein 4, Torenzaal. Utrecht
WORKSHOP: Dance, dance, dance with Mateo Mejia Mejia
We will offer a special workshop with the support of ELAP Center.
With this workshop, I invite the participants to deepen the notion of listening. Listening conceived from the dimension of sound and music, but also from its spatial and relational dimensions. Through guided improvisation practices, the participants will investigate how the pulse, the melody, and other constitutive elements of musical architecture can be the triggers for their movement. Therefore, it is a Music workshop applied to Dance and movement, but at the same time a space for developing improvisation tools. It has to do with the pleasure of moving and being moved, the drop of sweat that doesn’t wait, the restless body. The question then has to do with something more nuclear, less formal, inevitably alive. A body that moves, and in that movement invents the language from which it relates to its environment.
July 14th / 19:00 -22:00h / €30
Studio 3, Weg naar Rhijnauwen 3, Utrecht
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