Dance is a possibility to reveal what is hidden inside of ourselves, deep in our organs. Our gestures originate there, in the deepest silence within us. To dance is to make this silence visible.
A body goes on stage, it suffers a transformation, this suffering becomes the story that aids the spectators: it is a physical discourse, the poetic experience has to come from within their bodies.
Dance exists because our species needs it, it contains a message that is unique to it, that only it can transmit to us, through its silence, generation after generation.
When a body dances, all bodies, past, present and future dance with it. Yes dance is ephemeral, but beyond that it is when all that which was ephemeral gathers together and celebrates, in a new body, its immortality.
Dramatic ceremony is necessary.
Poetic experience confronts us with human contradictions.
Who dances reminds us that the word is still being created.
La Phármaco, founded in 2009, is directed by Luz Arcas (Critic’s Eye Prize for Dance 2015, Award for Best Female Dancer 2015 at the Lorca Awards, Finalist for Best Female Dancer in Premios Max 2017 ) and Abraham Gragera (Critic’s Eye for Poetry Prize, 2013)
From the beginning they delve deep into the idea of pure ceremony, where all theatrical languages combine into a discourse that is led by dance.
Some of their works include: The Book of Poisons (El libro de los venenos 2009, winner of the Injuve Award and Malaga Creates 2009), The Monster with Two Backs (El monstruo de las dos espaldas 2010), Before , it was Always Fire (Antes fue siempre fuego, 2012),
Thirst Erodes (Sed erosiona 2012), Exodus:First Day (Éxodo: primer día 2013, nominated for Best Dance Performance as well as Best Female Dancer at the Premio Max and the Andaluz Theatre, selected for the AECID 2015 catalogue), The Voice of Never (La voz de nunca 2014, co-produced by the Andalusian Agency for Cultural Institutions, and winner of Best Female Dancer at the Andaluz Theater Awards), Kaspar Hauser. Europe’s Orphan (Kaspar Hauser. El huérfano de Europa, Canal Theatre, Autumn to Spring Festival, 2016, Nominated for Best Dance Performance, Best Choreography, and Best Female Dancer at the Lorca Awards 2017) and Miserere. Cuando la noche llegue se cubrirán con ella (2017).
They also explore non theatrical spaces, in Chacona (2015) for example , a piece conceived for performance in museums (Pompidou Center in Malaga) and other contexts, where performers and audience can experience a different kind of encounter.
Following these creative threads we find La Phármaco’s most recent creation: Embodying What Was Hidden (2016), which premiered in New York at the King Juan Carlos Center later to be performed in Berlin, Barcelona and New Delhi.
La Phármaco has also taken on other types of Artistic and educational activities: World and Language, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, with the aim of providing tools to help further the professional level of the performing arts (AECID-FIIAPP), as well as the project You, Who holds the Light, at the National School of Drama in New Delhi (Cervantes Institute), celebrating 100 years of the poet Rubén Darío.
Their work has received support from the Dance Center Canal, The National Dance Company, The Andalusian Agency for Cultural Institutions, the INAEM, The Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport, SGAE, the Community of Madrid, Cervantes Institute, AECID.
Their repertory continues touring nationally and internationally.