In Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, there are no conservatories or official dance schools. Despite this dance remains an essential part of young people’s lives, the nucleus of their social relations.
This knowledge is passed on one to one, and it takes on elements of tribal dances of each ethnic group, as they have learned from their families, mixed with the huge influence of African American culture, that is beamed in through internet and television, influencing every aspect of their culture.
After two months of work in the Spanish Cultural center in Malabo, La Phármaco brought together three dancers in order to dissolve all of these influences and styles into, Abok, meaning dance in the Fang language, the ethnicity of the majority of the dancers.
In one ritual, the physical language of La Phármaco coexists with Equatorial Guinean tribal dances, the rhythm of traditional African drums, alongside western Baroque music.
It is a ritual where the living remember, in a physical manner, those who are no longer here, but who continue with us dancing in our bodies like a shadow.
* Abok, is dedicated to Pedro Luis Nba Mitsunu, one of the dancers who took part in this work who passed away in a boat accident en 2016.
Neftalí Castaño Gerona, Miguel Faustino Obiang Asumu, José Manuel Ondó Mangué
Laura Fernández Alcalde
Jorge Colomer, Enrique Escorza
Director and dramaturgy
Luz Arcas y Abraham Gragera