Dance | Ritualia + TuTuMucky, Scottish dance beyond genus

Ritualia and TuTuMucky are the contemporary dance pieces that Corpartes presents in stage this June 26 and 27. With different choreographers, both presentations have the ability to delight the viewers from different angles of the current ballet.

In Ritualia the Scottish choreographer Colette Sadler reinterprets Stravinsky’s wedding, takes traditional ballet to intervene with contemporary dance and generate a show that seeks to update one of the oldest rites of society..

“Each one poses, Each couple cover with gorgeous and rhythmic movements the stage as the most astounding designer’s models. Thus, the ritual of the marriage redifine itslef through these bodies, through this modern celebration of the traditions of ballet and love

The slowness and simultaneity of the dancers’ movement on the scene seems to imitate the contemplation of a forest where when we pay attention it is appreciated that everything is moving, but not at the same time, because while some elements remain static, others – a leaf, an arm- move without warning, giving life to the whole scenario before focusing the narration on the couple who are ready to get married. In the background, a shape of hair that little by little begins to fray and move.

Ritualia. Credito Brian Hartley
Ritualia by Scotish Dance Theatre, Choreographed by Colette Sadler. February 2018 Credito Brian Hartley

It is a society that is steps away from celebrating one of its constitutive rites: marriage. But let’s look at the inhabitants of the staging for a second. 9 dancers, 5 of them are men, dressed by Rike Zölner, wear a mesh that covers from the ankles to the neck thanks to a built-in hood. Brindle and dark, the dress blurs the distinctive features of both sexes and the bodies connect each other to give movement to combined forms of corporalities that work a few moments before rewriting, recombining and re-interacting.

Ritualia. Credito Brian Hartley
Ritualia. Credito Brian Hartley

Tickets, exits, change of light to an electric blue and the party begins. Enter a procession of dancers, with wigs that recall the fame of the exotic hairstyles of Queen Marie Antoinette. 9 wigs with 9 exclusive hairstyles of artificial blond hair steal the exclamation of the public. In addition, makeup increases and now all have labial, deepening the androgynous characteristics of the dance ensemble. The contemporary in the ballet manifests itself with the glamor of the catwalk in which this ritual of love turns. Each one poses, each couple cover with gorgeous and rhythmic movements the stage as the most astounding designer’s models. Thus, the ritual of the marriage redifine itslef through these bodies, through this modern celebration of the traditions of ballet and love.

TuTuMucky

TutuMucky, by the London choreographer Botis Seva, blurs the boundaries between ballet and contemporary technique, using, for example, typical movements of hip hop. It corresponds to a reflection to find peace, beyond society.

Tutu Mucky Credito Brian Hartley
Tutu Mucky. Scottish Dance Theatre. choreographed by Botis Seva. February 2017 Credito Brian Hartley

All the dancers use the same skirt, but they are singled out through numbers that are projected on them with the spotlights, to the rhythm of a voice that indicates the numerical movement. Grouped but without looking at each other, they will need a music closer to the industrial genre – the percussion of the metallic sound marks the step – to come together.

Credito Brian Hartley
Tutu Mucky. Scottish Dance Theatre. choreographed by Botis Seva. February 2017 Credito Brian Hartley

His search for peace has to do with a form of stillness and movement that is not lined by an absent, outward figure. The transit of this affirmation is the field of pirouettes and dances that masterfully closes this double presentation.

Ritualia + TuTuMucky have a presentation this June 27 in Corpartes at 8:00p.m. Don’t miss it.

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