The Solo Contest began in 2002 with national and international proposals competing for the Jury, Audience and Acorán Awards, after a selection made by a committee of professionals.
In this section we will present the programme of the XXI Solo Contest, which will be held from 12 to 15 October 2022 at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The application period ran from 1 March to 17 June 2022.
SOLO CONTEST 2022
WEDNESDAY 12 // THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE // 20,00 h
HIRE ME, PLEASE (15’)
Created & Performed by> Panos Malactos
Music> Haris Alexiou “To Patoma”, Maria Callas “Vissi D’arte Vissi D’amore”, Felix Da House Cat “Believe”.
“Audition as a condition. As a physical and psychological state. As an evolutionary process. As brutality. As a relationship of authority. As a statement. As an obstacle. As a prerequisite. As a ‘journey’. As a journey. As a verdict. As a depreciation of personality. As a retrospect. As a role-playing game. As a rejection. As an exploration of boundaries. As a total availability”.
DONDE POSA LA HUMEDAD (14’)
Created & Performed by> Marcia Vázquez Ramírez
Music> Ambiente sonoro / Sound environment: Guillermo Alfaro & Marcia Vázquez. Mercedes Peón & Momentos “Leilía”, “O meu amor”.
A solo that explores the waiting and the relationship of the body with past and present time. The inspiration comes from A Costa da Morte, Galicia, the coast with the most shipwrecks in Europe. A tribute to the women, those who always wait for the ocean to return, at least, the bones of their relatives. Meanwhile, the salt corrodes the hands that weave, net by net, what keeps them in port».
Created & Perfomed by> Chey Jurado
Music> Richard Skelton “Noon Hill Wood”, Erik Truffaz & Murcof “Origin of the World”
“If I stop, everything breaks. If I continue, I break myself”.
THURSDAY 13 // THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE // 20,00 h
CODE #9 (15’)
Skopje, North Macedonia
Created by> Ivana Balabanova & Alessandro Olla
Performed by> Ivana Balabanova
Original Music> Alessndro Olla “Code #9”
“The piece is an exploration of the relation between the body and the light, developing a partnership between the dancers within the action that takes the audience into an immersive state. However, not only externally, the piece explores as well the internal darkness of a person and its forms, developing on stage a mélange of the truth of the performer and the truth that can be perceived by the audience. Slowly developing to detailed and strong movement, the piece plays with the perspective of the viewer, and presents the strong physicality of the dancer”.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Created & Performed by> Ravid Abarbanel
Music> Reflections of my life “Marmalade”, Deja “Set fire to flames”.
“Rising, scratching myself off the floor, moving forward. Disassembling and reassembling buildings that have become temporary, with the aim of continuing to move and search for the ultimate structure that I define as home”.
UNA MAQUINACIÓN DE LO INSENSATO (15’)
Created & Performed by> Alicia Reig Jover
Music> Le Chant des Templiers “VIII”, Antiphona «Salve Regina», Anonymous Mountains Made Of Steam “Silver Mt. Zion”.
“ ‘Una Maquinación de lo Insensato’ offers a representation of the human as vulnerable to the mysteries of life. It tells us about the conscience, the soul, forgiveness, decisions, faith and the search for the inexplicable. It tells us about our path, our internal dialogues and those other conversations with the stars, the universe or the divine in an attempt to find an explanation for the foolish acts that occur in human relationships. A vision that, in small moments, reminds us that nothing is so important and that we are here to enjoy our bodies and breathe in the sun’s rays”.
FRIDAY 14 // THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE // 20,00 h
RUSALKA 2.0 (12’)
Created by> Federica Esposito
Performed by> Vanessa Loi
Music> Isan “Kurkiskov”, “Quick Ink Like”
“In Slavic mythology, a rusalka is a female water nymph or mermaid-like demon. They were immortal fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk and fascinate men with songs, then lead them away to the river floor to their death. Nowadays, living in a world where nature is rebelling against pollution, climate change and plastic invasion, we imagined how a rusalka would live. How would this figure act, seduce and swim into rivers and seas full of plastic, trash, toxic and radioactive materials, without losing her demonic, enchanting and dangerous nature? She would probably ask to the moon what is wrong with our world”.
Created & Performed by> Laura Tóth
Music> Yom and The Wonder Rabbis “Kaddish for Superman”,
Collage of noises & mix> Gábor Mezey
“Wendy is cocooned and dreams of the living. About the living who move, trample, believe, and jump over gaps. Wendy destroyed herself to immobility, yet is gathering strength now. She organizes her truncated parts one after the other and searches for movement. She knows that with all her shortcomings and fears she has to start learning the dance of the living. But it can’t be exactly like that, because Wendy lives differently. This dance is only hers, Wendy’s, who grew in the cocoon. ‘Wendy’ is a 12 minutes solo dance for the “invisibles”. It has been created for the ones who think they couldn’t fulfill their life, or are simply living restrained. These limits can come from the impostor syndrome, or anxiety from lack of self-confidence. The continuous self-abuse has the power to petrify, and make you feel unable to move. Wendy still moves, or maybe she is just dreaming about moving, but at least she tries, even though Peter Pan might never come to take her to Neverland”.
Created by> Xingxing Gong & Hua Bai
Performed by> Tian Chen
Music> Cathodeflower “Kim Cascone”
“The soft shell is wrapped in the naked body. It is free, twisted, always alert and maintain the attack state, but it is destroyed instantly. Finally, it hides in the empty shell”.