A picture from the production "No Dance, No Paradise"
© Bernhard Müller

Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover

No Dance, No Paradise

Pere Faura / La Diürna (ES)

For “No Dance, No Paradise” choreographer Pere Faura has appropriated a selection of seminal dance pieces that have become inscribed in the public memory. The pavement tap dance in “Singin’ in the Rain”, John Travolta’s Saturday night disco moves, contemporary dance in the style of Rosas and classical ballet’s dying swan are all cited here to deliver an entertaining, genre-spanning lecture in dance history. And while the individual dance elements are being performed, Faura proceeds with great gusto to deconstruct the four choreographies. His illuminating insights into dance history, which can also be applied to real life, are then followed by a visually stunning dance collage of the iconic pieces in authentic costumes. Any danger of sinking into parody is skillfully sidestepped as Faura demonstrates humour and self-awareness against a serious background, dissolving the boundaries between lowbrow and highbrow culture. The bottom line is: Long live dance!

(approx. 90 mins)

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cast & credits

Direction & performance: Pere Faura
Visual scenography: desilence studio
Lighting design: Israel Quintero
Technicians on tour: Cristina Eugen, Tatiana Halbach
Stage scenography: Jordi Queralt
Movement Advisor: Amaranta Velarde, Claudia Solwat
Music: Aturo Castillo, Lena Mandotter, Jorge Drexler,
Mistress Barbara, Pete Ilderton
Voiceover: Michael Heart
Sound design: Ramón Ciércoles
Musical assembly: Arturo Castillo
Costume design: Txell Janot
Booklet design: Joan Escofet
Performance texts: Pere Faura, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Voiceovers: Enric Arquimbau

Production: Claudia Solwat

Administration production: Joan Gay

Production on tour: BlancProduccions

Production: La Diürna

Co-production: La comédie de Valance, CDN Drȏme-Ardèche/ Mercat de les Flors/ El Graner/ Fundació Catalunya – La Perdrera/ La Poderosa (all based in Barcelona)

With the support of: L`Estruch, Sabadell/ Departament de cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya/ Circuito #DanzaaEscena 2016, Madrid

With thanks to the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.

 

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