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 18 to 21 October 2023 at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The application period ran from 15 February to 30 April 2023.
SOLO CONTEST 2023
WEDNESDAY OCT 18 / THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE / 20,00 h
Created & Performed by > CHUEH KAI KUO
Music > AGF “Digital Yoik”.
«Wandering between reality and consciousness. Advancing in greed and fear. Missing the passage of time in serenity».
ABOUT MY FREEDOM (13’)
Created by > FRANCESCA GINEPRO
Performed by > Marco Cappa Spina
Music > Christina Vantzou “1234”; Kuniyuki Takahashi “Ai Iro”, “Imagination”
«The choreography is inspired by the visit of an Italian volunteer to a maximum-security prison in Los Angeles. The dancer represents the transition to prison life, with heavy and elongated movements symbolizing the violent act and lack of control. Themes such as deprivation of personality, represented by the concealment of the face, and the desire to play and have fun in a limited environment are explored. The space of the cell and the rejected attempts at communication are analyzed. The ending portrays a fantasy in which the walls of the cell disappear, allowing the body to roam freely, representing the rewriting of the concept of freedom. The choreography unfolds with elastic and elongated movements, exploring the variable condition of freedom».
Created & Performed by > CHRISTIANA KOSIARI
Original Music > Jan Van D’Engel
«The work entitled ‘Chained’ deals with the effort made by the female body oppressed by social norms to escape from the shackles that keep its dynamics and perspective trapped. Will it manage to transcend patriarchal frameworks, escape and lead to a more liberated future?
In this solo performance the body changes forms and as it moves it changes its dynamics. Contraction, oppression, release flares. Passing through the stages of trial, renunciation, and seeming liberation, it finally arrives at the body of the present.
In the gradual collision and destabilization of patterns a simple, present body is established, one with space, time and audience. The work thus proposes a kind of kinetic manifesto rejecting the chronic, and often indiscernible, imposition of specific roles aimed at the subjugation of female desire and the subjugation of femininities».
THURSDAY 19 / THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE / 20,00 h
Created & Performed by > JOSH MARTIN
Music > Murk Hike “Lighting Bolt”; Romeo Heart “Polmo Polpo”.
«Performed by Company 605 Co-Artistic Director Josh Martin, this solitary dance began as an investigation surrounding an idea that the body holds a separate memory bank. Muscle tissue, bones, tendons and organs all storing their own accounts of past events, actions and trauma, with this collected information not readily shared or easily accessed by the mind. The process has been an exploration of how to consistently find, enter, and move through different states and sensations. In a constant effort to disconnect movement from thought, the dance is an attempt to externalize the inner moments of body recall, and an expansion of what gets churned up in the retrieval».
Created & Performed by > MIZUKI TAKA
«The doldrums are windless areas that occur near the equator and the psychological stagnation of humans. In the days when there were no engines yet, a doldrum was a dead zone. Ships couldnʼt get propulsion, time passed, and the food ran out. Focusing on the impulses and emptiness in the human mind and the flow of time related to life through breathing in a silent space and movement driven by will.
Stuck in windless sea.
(The sun rises… sets…)
Accidental accumulation and incoherent actions compose most of humanity.
Today, our times can go on.
What should have value in this world?
Or rather try not to proceed?
(The sun rises… sets…)».
ETUDE Nº1 PLAIDOYER POUR L’IMPERMANENCE (15’)
Created & Performed by > JASON MARTIN
Original Music > Jonathan Goulet.
«’Etude nº.1 – Plaidoyer pour l’Impermanence’ focuses on cycles of transformation, metamorphosis, renewal and reconstruction. The axis of reflection revolves around the resilience and interdependence of the human condition. Guided by the sensory and dynamic dialogue between emotions and bodily responses, the movement is shaped in a total and sensitive physical commitment. The body then becomes the communicator of the intangible. The result is a work where, like a visceral spasm, the performer shifts from self-sufficiency to solitude, vulnerability to determination, and provocation to resignation».
FRIDAY 20 / THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE / 20,00 h
Created & Performed by > SADE MAMEDOVA
Music > Louis Armstrong “C’est Si Bon”.
«Words can heal, words can hurt / Words can unite, words can divide / Words can bring peace / Words can lead to war / Words are above all one thing: Power!
“Behind all words is the personality and charisma of human beings. But what happens when words fall silent and non-verbal communication in the form of physical and energetic transmission comes to the fore? Are the true intentions behind the words that transmit everything in such a charismatic way perhaps even better to fathom without the veil of that wondrous invention of mankind, which can be defined in one word – language».
RESISTANCE MOVEMENT (11’)
Zduńska Wola, Poland
Created by > MACIEJ KUŹMIŃSKI & DARIA KOVAL
Performed by > Daria Koval
Music > Max Richter (Remixed by M. Kuźmiński)“Europe, After the Rain”.
«My name is Daria Koval, I am 27 years old, I am from Dnipro city in the East of Ukraine. When the war started I was in Kyiv. […] I thought that I would never dance again, because I realized that dancing is nothing important anymore […] Every time I dance about the war in my country I hope that maybe once I will not feel this pain anymore, that I will dance everything out…»
In Resistance Movement Maciej Kuźmiński works closely with a refugee dancer from Ukraine, Daria Koval, documenting her experience of war in voice, movement and costume.
“For me this work is very important, because I wanted to tell about the war from my own perspective and share my personal story”, says Daria Koval. Her intention coincided with the one of Maciej Kuzminski, who felt that he should make “a direct statement from a concrete person, because war is not virtual, but affects real individuals».
LIMINAL PHANTOMS (13’)
Created and Performed by > LINUS JANSNER
Music > Roomful of Teeth “Partita: III. Courante”.
«‘Liminal Phantoms’ is a contemporary dance solo that poignantly narrates an individual’s voyage towards discovering oneself and growing through the prism of love. The performance seamlessly blends supple and energetic choreography with evocative hand gestures and facial expressions to artfully express the intricacies of this personal odyssey. The solo delves into the theme of surpassing self-imposed constraints and shattering barriers, delivering a captivating and profound exploration of the metamorphic influence of love, which stimulates audience participation and introspection. Throughout the performance, the use of multimedia, props, and cinematics creates an impactful experience that leaves the audience attentive, overwhelmed, and mesmerized. The subject of mental disorders, which is seen in the public view as a taboo, is tackled in a way that adds an additional perspective to the existing one. ‘Liminal Phantoms’ is a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant performance that is sure to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds».
SATURDAY 21 / THE PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE / 20,00 h
AWARDS CEREMONY AND WINNERS’ GALA