The Voice of Never

Inspired in Waiting For Godot, by Samuel Beckett

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company

La Phármaco does not intend to illustrate the text but rather to pose a dramaturgy/libretto where the body takes hold of the essence of Beckett’s work, transposing it to the language of dance: the failure of systems to represent what is real, the uprooting of archetypal characters, (without time, without space, without origin and future) who experience love as a fierce and grotesque instinct damning them to existence.
In other words: the tragic feeling of Western Man throughout history.

 

The Voice of Never confronts these concepts in order to dance a horribly comic contemporary tragedy, as the author himself described it.

 

The bodies are placed in the desert where the author’s universe leads until that desert becomes a dance. The universe is essentially verbal, or better yet, a consequence of what it is verbal.

 

The music, composed and performed live by a pianist, constitutes the sound space of this work. In this way conceiving of it in its corporal dimensions, taking precedence over the expressive and poetic ones. The accompanying score is Beethoven’s second movement sonata ‘Moonlight’ and the third movement of Shostakovich’s ‘Sonata for Viola and Piano’ compounding an original sound space based on the links that exist between these two works.

 

The project is supported by the Regional Government of Andalusia “Agencia Andaluza de Instituciones Culturales” and by “The Dance Center” of Teatros de Canal, Madrid.

 

Premiere at Feria de Teatro del Sur, Palma del Río, Córboba, July 2014

Interpretationn: Luz Arcas, Begoña Quiñones, Ignacio Jiménez and Juan Manuel Ramírez  Composition and  music interpretation: Carlos González  Choreography: Luz Arcas  Iluminación: Miguel Ángel Camacho  Custom Design: Tenkey and Ana Montes  Photography: Javier Suárez and Eva Viera  Video: Javier Suárez  Director and Dramaturgy: Luz Arcas and Abraham Gragera.

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
“Beyond the unrelenting beauty of the staging and the overwhelming technical skill, I can’t remember seeing a Beckett this pure, nor this necessary”

Exodus: First Day

Inspired by Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone by Sophocles

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company

The work is structured into danced episodes and stasima (choral interventions), that tell the story of Oedipus and Antigone’s journey to the forest of Colonus, Oedipus’ death and Antigone’s return to the city of Tebas.

 

The dance is inspired by ancient Greek iconography, the music is original, performed on stage by a soprano, woodwinds and percussion, part of musical recreations from this era.

 

This work is supported by Centro de Danza Canal, and was nominated for the Premios Max and Premios del Teatro Andaluz (2014) or Best Dance Performance and best female dancer (Luz Arcas). It is part of the AECID catalogue (2015).

 

The world premiere of Exodus: First Day was September 2013 at the Roman Theater of Baelo Claudia (Bologna).

Dance: Luz Arcas, Regina Navarro and Ana Catalina Román  Interpretation and musical composition:  Laura Fernández, Voz, Corifeo Mariano Peyrou, brass and Xosé Saqués, percussion  Choreography: Luz Arcas  Lighting:  Jorge Colomer  Custom Design:  Rosa López  Fotography: Javier Suárez  Dramaturgy and Scenic Direction: Luz Arcas and Abraham Gragera

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
“It is a mature and elegant performance, with a very sober structure and a series of balanced elements(…) The piece is an intense poetic force(…) The theme of this performance is merely a pretext, a way of approaching the classics with a latent modernity: the ancients as a patrimonial burden, moral disaster as our main inheritance and perhaps guilt in the form of a suicidal shadow”
“ELuz Arcas’ solo with a staff is one of the most beautiful things that yours truly has seen on stage. The journey to the seed becomes fruitful. Becoming pregnant is a delight”

Thirst Erodes

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company

A piece in three acts for dancer and soprano. A physical and poetic reflection based on the classical mythology of Kore (Persephone’s name as a girl, before being abducted by Hades, as also interpreted in Eros and Psyche’s soul’s condemnation to exile) and Eros Psicompo (who takes the souls to the underworld).

 

The concept of the choreography stems from intuition: when a body dances, all other bodies (past, present and future) dance with it. All of these anatomies keep a memory of the rest of the anatomies. The physical language of Time is contained within the body itself.

 

The project has received the support of Canal Dance Center (Madrid).

 

Thirst Erodes was premiered at the Instituto Cervantes in Casablanca, May 2012.

Interpretation and Choreography: Luz Arcas  Voice: Laura Fernández and Rosa Miranda  Lighting: Jorge Colomer  Fotography: Celia Mondéjar and Raúl Barrio  Dramaturgy  and Scenic Direction: Luz Arcas and Abraham Gragera

“With a sober and profound composition, Luz Arcas involves time and space in a synthesis lasting just long enough. The live music, an a cappella soprano, imbues the scenes with a sense of ritual, contributing a sense of distant elegance. Working on the concept of the solo in dance brings the dancer to a confrontation with an imaginary, enormous referential mirror”
“Luz Arcas offers up colossal physical dedication, awakening in the audience not only an admiration for her artistic honesty but also an elegiac feeling which imbues ones spirit in an unshakeable manner”

Before , it was Always Fire

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company

Before , it was Always Fire  dances the need to construct ourselves within a world, to be an image and likeness, for us to understand precarious forms and attempt to keep them under control. It is the hour of the forge, the fire, the blow and the material, an encounter with submissiveness, the incarnation of feelings and directions.

 

Two bodies that, rather than dance, are danced. They become docile, anatomical mirrors awaiting a physical correspondence, withstanding the fleeting moments, sustained in fragility. Condemned, always, to be the seed, to be ever vigilante to the possibility of connecting, as if this were beauty’s last hope.

 

Before, it was Always Fire  was inspired by the myth of Prometheus as well as the writings of Heraclitus and Paracelsus. On stage the dance is accompanied by original scores by Henry Purcell, interpreted live by a soprano, viola da gamba and theorbo.

 

This work premiered at the Festival Escena Contemporánea (Madrid) in February of 2012.

Interpretation and Choreography: Luz Arcas and Koke Armero  Sound Space: Illo Muriel  Music Interpretation : Manuel Casas, theorbo, Rosa Miranda, voice  and Illo Muriel, viola da gamba Original Music: Henry Purcell  Lighting: Diego Domínguez and María Otero  Custom Design and Scenic Space : La Phármaco  Custom: Eva Arinero  Scenography: Israel Muñoz, Muneka Producciones and Koke Armero  Fotography: Raúl Barrio  Direction and Dramaturgy: Luz Arcas

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Contemporary Dance Company

The two-backed monster

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea El Monstruo de las dos espalda

The two-backed monster eis inspired by Plato’s Symposium, specifically focusing on the myth of androgynous narrated by Aristophanes: We wish to bring desire to movement. To construct dance from desire and its sickness. Two bodies that surrender themselves unconditionally, until losing their form, until they become deformed into a two-backed monster. They inhabit the excesses of their new anatomy.

 

We want to dance the erosion of desire, over time subdue the monster, dancing the journey from physically coming together to falling apart, to stop amongst the fracture: each bodies return to its unique anatomy. Alone, each body dances its requiem. Wailing for its lost half.

 

The desperate act of loving what is far away.

 

This work premiered at the Pradillo Theatre (Madrid), in March 2010.

Interpretation and Choreography: Luz Arcas and Koke Armero  Sound Space: Illo Muriel  Lighting: Luis Enrique Soria  Design and Scenic Space: La Phármaco  Fotography: Gustavo Rebollo  Direction and Dramaturgy: Luz Arcas

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea El Monstruo de las dos espaldas
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea El Monstruo de las dos espaldas
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea El Monstruo de las dos espaldas