A great political emotion

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea Una gran emoción política
A great political emotion is a scenic proposal inspired by the Memory of melancholy, an autobiography by Maria Teresa León, that covers the crucial years of our recent history, the ones from the civil war and exile: these years, marked by a political enthusiasm, the revolution’s myth and the faith in the utopias.

 

Without historical pretension but with the intention to reveal the archetypal and universal from those events, we will try to embody the political emotion which pushes people to believe in their right to intervene in the history of their country, as if they would own the future. This emotion in the 20th-century disasters – wars, totalitarianism, and their consequences – has been unjustified.
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea Una gran emoción política
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea Una gran emoción política
The dance and the physical action, the songs and breathing, the author’s original texts and the original musical proposal interpreted live, and inspired in European popular topics evokes María Teresa memories: episodes of her autobiography, like the Prado Museum preservation, the action in the entrenchment in Teatro de Guerrillas, political and social events like the women participation in the war and key concepts as collective body, the exile and the memory.

 

 

Through her memories, we are not pretending to dance Maria Teresa’s life, but her vision of the world, marked by an unstoppable empathy with the most underprivileged people full of contradictions, and the corrupted dream of seeing the success of a Republican and Communist Spain.

 

 

From the exile, Maria Teresa hoped to come back one day to her free country from the Franco dictatorship. When it finally happened, in 1977, the Alzheimer didn’t allow her to recognize her own homecoming. Spain and María Teresa suffered the same fate: the erased memory, the sickness of oblivion.

DIRECTOR AND DRAMATURGY

Luz Arcas and Abraham Gragera

INTERPRETATION

Luz Arcas, Elena González-Aurioles, Begoña Quiñones, Raquel Sánchez, Paula Montoya, Ignacio Jiménez, Verónica Garzón, Itxasai Mediavilla, Patricia Roldán, José Andrés López, Sara burgazzi and José Luis Sendarrubias 

CHOREOGRAPHY

Luz Arcas

CONCEPT, COMPOSITION AND MUSIC DIRECTION

Abraham Gragera

MUSIC COMPOSITION , PIANO AND PERCUSSION

Carlos González

BRASS AND VOICE

Cristian Buades

VIOLIN

David Santacecilia

LIGHTING

Jorge Colomer

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

Virginia Rota

CUSTOM DESIGN

Paola de Diego

SCENOGRAPHY

Xosé Saqués

TEXT

María Teresa León

PRODUCTION

Centro Dramático Nacional and La Phármaco

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea Una gran emoción política
“Luz Arcas is a dancer whose only ally is her body, and what it can be used to create, construct and bark. Dance is another form of politics, but of an intimate kind, that which doesn’t exhaust itself in a simple force but draws on many: poetry, translation, thought…. Because everything moves.

 

This Southern woman’s project isn’t restricted to the ghetto of professional dance, but goes in and out all those places where some kind of commotion or deviation is to be found. Dance is necessary. Her dance is necessary. Because it calls out for complicity and a place without making any specific demands. Because it provides the light in places where illumination can sometimes be salvation.”
“I, of course, was moved as a spectator by the tremendous political emotion of Luz Arcas, Abraham Gragera and the Pharmakos Dance Company. I felt my fist, my memory, my body, our defeats, the unbreakable loyalty I owe to my elders and all those many things that the young teach me, my young friends: all those things which can be proud of being right.”
“This is the body of an incinerated woman, a fire inside her eyes that anticipates the ash to which she will be reduced. This is about the combustion of ideals, the explosion of a new age in which women are no longer confined to the shadows.”
“This is not a political rant; it is a slice of the world that ceased to exist in 1936. It speaks of a dignified, egalitarian and fair world, defined as democracy opposed any form authoritarianism, which achieved sovereignty for an impoverished people. Until a coup and a Civil War reduced all of those hopes to a utopia.”
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea Una gran emoción política
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea Una gran emoción política
A great political emotion  is a brave spectacle, unlike anything else in contemporary Spanish theatre, as much in terms of e-motion (everything happens, it is true, when it moves) and politics: harsh at times, not in the least accommodating, resolved with some sequences painful to witness but nonetheless endowed with images that conjure a strange and captivating beauty (like that of Stabat Mater).”
“The thinking of María Teresa León becomes flesh and dance in this powerful choreography from Malaga-born Luz Arcas which, as the title professes, is very moving.”
“Arcas and Gragera have combined movement with the voice, breathing and music to the service of constructing a tremendously beautiful visual monument to honour and commemorate intellectuals from the Generation of 27. The production exudes passion, emotion, hope, expectation, melancholy and utopia in equal measure.”