The SGAE Foundation launched the second edition of DanzaEñe between 22 and 24 November 2018. The festival is an initiative that aims to internationalize contemporary Spanish dance every year, presenting works to the public and organise meetings between the artists and the director or programmers of international dance festivals. The focus was pretty much on the fact that DanzaEñe is not simply a showcase, but a platform designed for professional meet-ups and exchange. Moreover the festival highlighted the importance of support for contemporary dance, as rates show the financial crisis in the field.
This year the DanzaEñe was organised in a very friendly environment at the Centro Párraga, a center of contemporary culture in the Region of Murcia. The center is a nice, welcoming place deliberately open for experimental art and research projects. The festival featured Spanish choreographers and contemporary dancers, who brought their work with a maximum length of 55 minutes. The first edition prescribed that pieces were between 30 and 45 minutes, this year the only indication was that the works should not be longer than 55 minutes. My personal experience was that some choreographers struggled to fill in the maximum capacity of the time frame, resulting in a sensible effort throughout the piece. Most of the pieces were 50 minutes long, but the artistic value has nothing to do with time. The other thing which was quite strange to me was music. Most of the pieces used music as a central drive for their works, defining the basic rhythm and palpation of the dance. There were 3 or 4 works with live music bands as well.
My favourite pieces were Poliana Lima’s Hueco (Hollow) and Jesús Rubio’s Ahora que no somos demasiado viejos todavía (Now that we’re still not too old). Poliana Lima’s piece was a real gem, inviting us to be present in the work, experience a voyage of identity through movement and live music. Jesús presented in a single act of dance his current situation in life. His work is about Madrid, the people he is surrounded by, their hopes and expectations. I also enjoyed very much El Manisero’s work where I could experience a completely different state of mind. The title of the piece was Black Noise, a work talking about the task that objects and bodies carry out by connecting and resulting in different meaning. These works were very good examples of high professional skills combining with an open-minded, experimental way of creating.
[II Muestra de danza española contemporánea para programadores internacionales
Held at Centro Párraga in Murcia (Spain) between 22-24 November 2018
Hosted by: Centro Párraga
Supported by: Región de Murcia, ica (Instituto de las industrias culturales y de las artes), Centro Párraga, Región Murcia Comunidad de futuro]