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UNSEEN LANDSCAPES (Still and moving)

 

(work in progress)

 

SENSITIVE LANDSCAPES. SPACE IN MOVEMENT.  SENSE OF PLACE

 

An exploration of movement outside conventional dance frameworks, incorporating industrial architecture, photography, illustration, sound and video.

Photography: Blanca Arrieta | Illustration: Leire Llano

Photography: Juan Félix Ruiz | Illustration: Robert Jackson

UNSEEN LANDSCAPES (Still and moving)  is an ongoing artistic project devised in one of the frameworks (“Artistic interventions in non-conventional contexts”) of the European program TrainArt 2019-22, with the mediation of Haceria Arteak (Bilbao).

 

The main objective is to associate dance with other non-performing art forms. On this occasion, we associate dance to industrial architecture and photography. To this end, we search for inspiration in the context of Industrial Heritage of the Basque Country, and propose a study on the poetic image, with the body and its movement as the backbone of the proposal. The aim is to lead us into different imaginary and poetic states, using metaphors generated by the interaction between the body, the building and the landscape.

The creative process has already started and will continue throughout 2023 with dancers-performers Laura Cobo, Robert Jackson Oihana Vesga, photographer Juan Félix Ruiz, visual artist Leire Llano and KLEM Laboratory of Electroacoustic Music.

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Gallery - Work-study images

An exercise of abstraction. The observation of the place (body-landscape) and its surroundings.

We explore both the stillness and the movement that coexist in the captured image of a body, an object, elements of nature or a unique perspective of the space.

How the place merges with the environment, how it stands, how it separates from the surrounding nature. It is about materialising these sensations and making them tangible.

A space is a body, and a body is space. In this reciprocity, dimensions or elements such as mass, scale, weight, matter, structure and volume can be explored and brought into the artistic dialogue.

A reflection on the overlapping concepts of “landscape” (place-body-space).

Photographies: Blanca Arrieta | Drawings: Robert Jackson

The project consists of 3 phases: intervention, installation and the creation of a dance piece, and will be fully developed between July 2022 and October 2023. The processes of each phase are linked and feed each other, following two complementary lines of work: on the one hand, study and experimentation; on the other hand, the creation-production of choreographic, visual (photography, illustration, video) and sound materials.

The proposal starts with an artistic intervention at the industrial landscape of the Ajuria and Urigoitia factory in Araia (Alava), on august 2022. The starting point is therefore a place. A physical space for the study and the articulation of the elements that are part of the process: body, image and sound.

 

The intervention will be followed by the devising of an installation which will be presented to an audience at La Terminal FICC, an old factory itself reconverted into a cultural space in the island of Zorrotzaurre, Bilbao. The project will continue in 2023 with the last phase being the creation of a dance work, inspired by the reflection, exploration and all the artistic work generated during the development of the previous phases.

 

Landscape - Place - Space - Body

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Gravity - Distance - Weight - Scale - Geometry - Depth - Multiplicity - Continuity - Interruption - Focus - Periphery - Touch - Projection - Density - Emptiness - Silence - Frontality - Plane - Touch - Dimension -Texture - Degree - Light - Matter - Imbalance - Alternation - Rhythm - Definition - Detail - Perception - Inclination - Framework - Interiority - Proximity - Action - Play - Asymmetry - Observation - Structure - (mysterious) Chronology - Disorder - Stillness - Attention - Meaning - Verticality - (right) Angle - Horizontality - Poetry - Elasticity - Movement - Curvature - Transition

Photography: Juan Félix Ruiz

Dantzalabea residency- Barakaldo Theatre

7-12/11/2022

(First physical research week)

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