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Research Laboratory - Resident Associate Company
Counterpoint and Choreographic Composition
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On 22/12/2018 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

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 Research Laboratory - Resident Associate Company
Counterpoint and Choreographic Composition

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 17/12/2018 to 22/12/2018
Presentation :
On 22/12/2018 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

María Muñoz’ residency at L’animal a l’esquena from 17th to 22nd December is part of the project Counterpoint and choreographic composition (The voices of the body, space and the contrapuntal music of the baroque), for which she has obtained a research grant from the Arts Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya. She has worked on this project during 2018 at L’animal a l’esquena, the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (Berlin, Germany), the Centro de Creación Azala (Basque Country) and at Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson’s base in Vermont (USA).
The performance on 22nd December will be structured as a talk and practical demonstration and María Muñoz will be joined for this by Jordi Casanovas, Pep Ramis, Federica Porello and Zuriñe Benavente, who have followed the various research workshops that have been held during the year.

Research into the possible relationships between the contrapuntal music of the baroque, the body as a framework and source of different voices, and space as a generator of choreographic experience. Through a methodology based mainly on practice but also on reflection and analysis, the idea is to approach the work by focussing on all the possibilities that can be offered by a single body, so as to define different phases of choreographic composition and afterwards transpose this study onto several bodies in a joint composition.
The question being asked here is how the technique of musical counterpoint might find a correlation in choreographic composition.

Key Words:
Choreographic composition, counterpoint, fugue, canon, imitation, variation, fragmentation, subject against subject, tensegrity, kinosphere, improvisation.

In 2004 María Muñoz presented a project based on pieces taken from The Well Tempered Clavier. The performance piece Bach grew out of a study of the pieces that make up this long work by Johan Sebastian Bach, a collection of two series of twenty four Preludes and Fugues. The piece combines dances to preludes played live with the memory of fugues danced in silence. The many performances of this piece between then and now have provided an opportunity to develop the composition in detail, through learning to listen to the music.

This experience has awoken in María Muñoz a curiosity to broaden her knowledge of counterpoint as a tool for composition and of the concepts of the body and movement in space set out by great artists such as Laban, Forsyth, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson.

The ideas and considerations that María Muñoz would like to put at the heart of her research and study proposal are related to fundamental aspects of choreographic composition and to a particular way of approaching creation, the fruit of long practical experience as a performer.

Tools for Action

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 07/01/2019 to 11/01/2019

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo, Pep Ramis )

Pep Ramis and Maria Muñoz will offer a workshop where you can experience the mechanisms of action and what they can unleash. A look at movement and body-writing in action.
Precision, duration, commitment, intensities, silence, absences, presences, punctuation, habitability, capitulation, phrasiing, lineality, timing, musicality, rhythm and writing are some of the terms we shall be looking at during the course.
To Act: 1. To carry out an action, 2 To make movements and gestures to make something understood, 3 To activate a mechanism.


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