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Women at the forefront

Several Spanish pioneers of the most experimental dance and theatre coincide on the Madrid billboard

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Women at the forefront

Avant-garde creative woman. These three categories toger can be a condemnation of perpetual invisibility in performing arts, as it is not easy to overcome certain inertias. The role reserved to artists in atre and dance has traditionally been linked to interpretation (actresses, dancers), not to authorship or creation (directors, choreographers, playwrights, scenographers), a situation that is perpetuated by lack of Inspiring models for new generations: if girls grow up watching only actresses, y hardly dream of being directors or authors.

But always, in all trades and disciplines, re are those who dare to break moulds. It happens that this Friday is premiered in Madrid four shows created by creators who are a benchmark in this regard. Artists who have been in ir singularity for years, as women and as artists, to explore new languages and ways of doing atre or dance. Authors with ir own signature. An occasion that country took advantage of this Wednesday, Eve of first feminist strike of Spain, to gar m in aters of channel and to talk about atre, dance and feminism.

Who decides programming of atres?

Not only are artists struggling to assert ir signature like any man's. Natalia Álvarez Simó, director of aters of channel, one of public institutions that are betting on vanguard in Spain, provides a reflection from field of cultural management, which is ultimately from where it ends Decidiento who It deserves to be programmed and who does not: "The direction of atres has also been traditionally masculine. Women begin to take leadership positions, but breaking glass ceiling is complicated, prevailing male logics and patronizing or paternalistic treatment that tends to explain how I have to do my job: Man has authority and is Heard, woman is questioned. "

Sara Molina (Jerez, 1958), most veteran, remembers herself always in marginal spaces. "From my beginnings in Eighties I had a clear conscience of working on sidelines, with proposals that I insisted on naming contemporary atre but that always ended up being named strange or weird," he says. "Later, meeting with women linked to feminism offered me a legitimacy. Or women named what happened to me and I had not known how to name, "she explains. Molina premieres in house lit, in Festival of autumn to spring of community of Madrid, his latest creation, titled SenecioFicciones, a proposal that precisely reflects on masculinity today.

It is also not easy to classify work of Claudia Faci (Lille, 1966), which premieres I'm thinking about turtles in slaughterhouses. Faci first began as an actress and dancer, but ten years ago decided to speak as author. "What women can bring to a masculine dominated context is voice of or, which has always been out of hegemonic discourse. The most enriching creation is just plural, nuances, variety, says Faci.

The also dancer and choreographer Olga de Soto (Valencia, 1972) did not find in Spain echo she needed and emigrated to Belgium. "To be an author rar than a creator, creator instead of an artist, is a constant battle for affirming a space. In same way, being avant-garde is living in periphery, "he says. De Soto presents in aters of Canal An introduction, a work that she defines as "a documentary performance born from interviews with people who saw or danced green table, a mythical work against fascism by German choreographer Kurt Jooss."

Coincides with De Soto in atres of channel choreographer and dancer Olga Pericet (Córdoba, 1975), which also presents on Friday in an adjoining room thorn that wanted to be flower or flower that dreamed of being a dancer, a spectacle that she defines as "a dream and a reality . It's avant-garde and orthodox. Male and female. Dance but also atre. " A renewer of flamenco, Pericet understands avant-garde "as a movement that questions, which makes a difference in global perception of things, culture and thought."

Anor choreographer and pioneer performer, perhaps most visible of Spanish and in spite of it also Surik (in Switzerland), is La Ribot (Madrid, 1962), whose series of distinguished pieces has been represented all over world. Taking advantage of that happened also by aters of channel last week, we invited her to join reflection: "I am very interested in this new feminist impulse that we are living. It is a multiple feminism, participatory and militant. It is fashionable in west, struggling in Arab countries, struggling in Asia and very fucked up in Africa, but it is first time that this dimension is so brutally charged. As for me: Woman, artist and avant-garde... because seeing unjustly as y pass m in front so many times... we will continue working! ".


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