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Alberto Peral: Bailando
Process Room, 10.07.07- 22.07.07
The filming in 16mm of a series of dances from the repertoire of a Catalan folkdance troupe is the starting point for the project on show in the Process Room; the work was originally created for “Productions” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía earlier this year. They are dances whose origin is uncertain, though the choreography as known today is most likely 19th century. Their initial meaning seems to be a form of communication with the cosmos since the best viewpoint is from above. They are not danced as a performance but rather as a ritual where the spectator does not exist as such. The overhead position of the camera enables us to appreciate the structures executed by the dancers. The result shows that these patterns relate to molecular structures as well as to Baroque domes and Indian tantric diagrams.
“I am interested in dance as construction, as architecture, as to how the rhythms are put together with an internal, closed, unitary structure. Two dances have been selected for this exhibition, chosen for their circular structure. The dancers revolve and create forms that can symbolize the sun, the moon, and the stars.”
The aim of these videos is not merely testimonial or documental, but rather that the dances should become an expanding diagram, a nucleus or energy point, a mantra, in which music, form and dance create a whole, a generating principle.
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