Itinerant Tour / Artistic Interventions:
dance and plastic arts
We introduce you the selected the artists to participate in the Creation Residences program in the rural environment NATURES’20. During their residency at tragantCamp, the environment of l’Alzina de l’Aguda will intervene from the languages of Dance, Performance and Plastic Arts, and the resulting projects will be presented during the main day of the NATURES’20 Festival, the Sunday, October 4th.
The proposals presented will be close to LanDance and LandArt, created during the Creation Residences program and made specifically in the landscape near tragantCamp. They will be site-specific artistic interventions, created for the specific environment and space that each artist will choose around the village of l’Alzina de l’Aguda.
These are the artists / projects selected for NATURES’20:
ANNA FONTANET / … i escoltar l’herba com creix (dance)
EMMA RIBA i DAVID FONT / Dels gestos perduts i els sons oblidats (dance)
JAUME AMIGÓ / Intervenció artística a la natura (plastic arts)
MARCOS NACAR i MATILDE BASSETTI / Tierra trazada (dance)
ORIOL TEXIDOR / Inmersió (plastic arts)
QUIM VILAGRAN / Górecki (dance)
VÍCTOR MATA / Disc (plastic arts)
ANNA FONTANET / … i escoltar l’herba com creix
… i escoltar l’herba com creix is a declaration of intent. A list of (im) possibilities, with the intention of subtly altering the perception of silence, the perspective of space and the denatured instinct. A proposal that is born as a continuity of projects in which I have been immersed in recent years.
The project is focused on generating a performative space based on sensory perception and the game of redirecting the attention of the senses in the present moment and space. As the composer K. Penderecki said, “it is strange how abstract and non-musical sounds can have such an intense effect on an emotional level.” As a sound artist, I do not make distinctions between the physical object and the sound object, since the sound impulse triggers the visual imaginary and its presence through movement. It is precisely in this pseudo-reality, between the tangible and the intangible, that research, the disarticulation of thought, composition and my artistic identity are generated.
Anna Fontanet (Barcelona) – I am a freelance dancer and creator based in Barcelona, with an independent and multidisciplinary training. The focus of my research is based on creating and exploring soundscapes and its path ways, relating different physical parameters with contemporary critical thinking. My movements depart from the exploration of the superposition of time and events between (dis) memory, the present and the future.
I started my professional dance training at the Varium center (Barcelona). Graduated in graphic design at Elisava (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), I obtain a Master in digital arts at IDEC (Pompeu Fabra). Since 2008 I have been working with national and international teachers and choreographers. From 2011 to nowadays, my main collaborations have been with Stephan Herwig, Sabine Glenz, Moritz Ostruchnjak and Daniela Bendini, Nadine Gerspacher, Vero Cendoya and Angels Margarit. Starting in 2017, I began my career as a creator with my first piece “Blanc Salvatge”, presented at the HIER = JEZTZ festival in Múnic, at the Baratza Hall in Vitoria-Gasteig, La Caldera (Quinzena Metropolitana de la Dansa), El Maldà, the Dansa i Terrats en Cultura.
EMMA RIBA i DAVID FONT / Dels gestos perduts i els sons oblidats
with Pere Vilarrubla Garcia and Xavi Pérez Torrent
Dels gestos perduts i els sons oblidats is a research through sound and movement that focuses on the agricultural customs and traditions of Andorra in the last century. The starting point is to relearn some of the agricultural tasks of past centuries. To achieve this, we work with those more primitive tools that need a special technique, understand their function and practice, and delve into the work rhythms that each task needed.
Through the manipulation of the tools, we want to bring together actions, gestures, sounds and rhythms that connect with their past activity and, at the same time, that highlight the beauty of to know-how, the harshness of repetitive tasks and the need for technique over technology.
David Font Bernet – Musician, professional interpreter of classical guitar and sound artist who is characterized by his versatility and ability to adapt to new artistic situations and new musical styles. He collaborates with different disciplines such as poetry, photography, and especially contemporary dance, in which he has been deeply immersed for the past 5 years. Find a way to break musical impersonalization through the work of contemporary dancers.
Emma Riba Santuré (Andorra) – Dancer and creator. She works as a performer, mainly with the companies Ex Nihilo (Marseille) and Cielo RasO (Donosti) and also with choreographers like Willi Dorner and Zsuzsa Rozsavolgyi. In addition to being an interpreter, she is part of the collective La Súbita, together with Laura Alcalà, where they combine creative projects, pedagogy and community projects. She also collaborates with guitarist David Font on projects that focus on site-specific interventions.
Much of his work consists of observing and listening to nature in order to capture the infinity of forms, textures and images that it offers us. My pictorial and formal resources come from the most primary elements of nature – water, air, earth and fire – and also from the most everyday objects. The work arises from an admiration for the beauty that can be found in every little object, in every little stone, in every speck of dust, on every little leaf.
Jaume Amigó (l’Alzina de l’Aguda / Barcelona) – True to his vocation as a painter, he has developed for years a characteristic, personal language linked to nature, its transformations, and the land. In addition to painting, he has also worked with sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, as well as with dance and theater, with stage collaborations. However, he always returns to painting, his reference form of expression. His trips to Morocco and especially to Japan have marked his work considerably.
He has held exhibitions in places such as Barcelona, Amsterdam, Madrid, Chicago, Osaka, Tokyo, Sion (Switzerland) or France, having worked with Galeria dels Àngels (Barcelona), Michael Dunev Art Projects (Torroella de Montgrí), Galerie Roger Katwijk (Amsterdam), Le Ferm – Asile (Sion, Switzerland), Art Front Gallery and Broken Gallery (Tokyo), Galeria Petit Pois (Osaka), among others.
MARCOS NACAR i MATILDE BASSETTI / Tierra trazada
Tierra trazada is a research about journeys as subjective experiences. Two characters walk without any apparent direction through the territory. They find artifacts in their path and through the events that follow give new meanings to what they perceive. During the performance they will share their tours with the public, which will become an active part, focusing on the subjective experience of each of the participants.
The world that reveals itself new when perception changes is the world that we want to give you. Appreciate the trace of our steps and the lines you drew on the earth.
Matilde Bassetti (Italy / Berlin) – Dancer and performer based in Berlin, where she works as a performer for Medhat Aldaabal (Dabkesim; with the support of Radial System, Sasha Waltz and friends), The Progressive Wave (UY ZONE), Anna Altobello (LSN) and Michele Rizzo. Her research revolves around the question of how performativity is connected with our daily life, in order to put our basic needs at the center of artistic discourse.
From 2016 she works with the digital artist Mara Cassiani, with whom she performs at Santarcangelo Dei Teatri, Kampnagel, Roma Europa, (The Sky Was Pink; Spirit; Global Bronze). In 2019 she wins the Digital Romaeuropa award, with the Spirit show. Since 2019 she collaborates with Marcos Nacar making the pieces “Wish you were here”, and the installation “Sotto al ponte che pugnala la Sicilia” for the collective “Landescape”.
Marcos Nacar (Barcelona / Berlin) – Actor and dancer, born in Barcelona and resident in Berlin. He began his experience in the performing arts as an interpreter in various theater companies in Barcelona, such as the theater company of the oppressed “Impactat”. Meanwhile, he studies law at the University of Barcelona, where he specializes in Philosophy of Law. He trained as a dancer at the Tragantdansa school and at the Tanzfabrik Berlin school.
His most recent works have been the interpretation of the piece “Concordança”, performed at the Merçe festival, the creation and interpretation of the solo “menu” and the co-creation together with Matilde Bassetti of the pieces “Wish you were here” , and the installation “Sotto al ponte che pugnala la Sicilia” for the collective “Landescape”. His artistic practice is based on composing with what is given. He dances and films site specific improvisations, especially when nobody watches.
ORIOL TEIXIDOR / Inmersió
Within the framework of the IMMERSIONS series started in 2014, which already has more than 250 works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, I intend to create a new work totally linked to the landscape that will host NATURES’20.
A large-shaped ‘immersion’ will temporarily transform some fragment of the surrounding earth, leaving the mark of a real human silhouette. To do this, I will use the natural elements existing in the territory. A way to express the harmonious relationship between humans and nature or, on the contrary, to reflect on the human footprint that we are leaving on the planet.
Oriol Teixidor (Barcelona) – Artist and architect from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. He trained in the plastic arts in a self-taught way, through a four-year trip that takes him to visit and study the main European museums to learn about the History of Art. During this period, he retires for a time in the mountains, alone, where he will begin to paint.
3rd Prize for the Anchipurac esCultura International Competition, Argentina (2018), Cal Massó d’Art Contemporani Prize-Scholarship (2008), 1st Prize for the Biennial Jove Painting Contest of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2004), Cercle de Belles Arts International Prize de Lleida (2003), 1st Prize in the Jaurena Art Painting Contest (2003), Prize for Painting Jove Sala Parés (2002). He has been a resident artist invited by various national and international museums. His work is part of art collections in Spain, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Morocco, England, Portugal, Austria and Argentina.
QUIM VILAGRAN / Górecki
Górecki is a short dance piece in research and creation process, that is inspired by the sculpture by the German artist Kiki Smith, Costelles, created in 1987. It is a reflection on how human nature relates to its environment, that is to say, how the body movements and the respiratory gestures dialogue with space. Also, the proposal has been investigated based on the score of Simfonia no. 3 by the Polish composer Henryk Górecki, composed in 1976, and also known as Lamentation Symphony.
In the NATURES’20 creation residence, Vilagran will investigate the relationship of the body with the agricultural and rural landscape of the Alzina de l’Aguda and with reeds as a scenographic element. A dialogue with nature, with the simplicity of rural life and with the wealth of things that happen over time.
Quim Vilagran (Girona) – Interpreter, creator, teacher and biologist. He researchs and works on movements based on the simplicity, efficiency and animality of the body. He is interested in creating new body languages, with text and voice, and with the use of scenery of noble and natural elements. He is the founder of the Last Vertebra platform, a research space around the body and contemporary language, inspired by crafts, nature and traditional knowledge. He started in dramatic art in Girona and trained in contemporary dance in different creative spaces in Barcelona.
He has participated in different creative projects as a creator and performer, with presentations at the Pula International Festival, Croatia (2013), Trailer Caravan (GRUA) at the Grec Festival in Barcelona (2014), TNT Festival – Terrassa noves tendències (2015), nunOff Barcelona Emergent Creation Festival (2016), among other places. As a choreographer, he has also directed various creations with different groups and carried out various works and adaptations of works in specific places (Festival Domèstica, Girona), Festival Insitu (Barcelona) or the Festival Corpososa (Italy).
VÍCTOR MATA / Disc
Disc is a dry stone installation made from the natural resources of the place, closely related to the artistic movement of Art in Nature. The purpose of the intervention is to establish a dialogical relationship with the natural environment and to express a new perspective of the location, of its near and far surroundings, through the artificialization of the landscape.
This intersection leads to the creation of an structure with natural stone that shows a balanced relationship with the territory. Disc respects the place and transforms it to artificate it. It is tributary to the heritage and historical pre-existence elements of the Alzina de l’Aguda and seeks concordance with the shape and composition of the cultivated fields of the landscape it will be placed.
Víctor Mata (Barcelona) – Artist and historian, he participates in Land Art contests, performs artistic installations for City Councils and cultural entities, and carries out Art in Nature educational projects for schools, also giving lectures on Art of Nature, landscape and dry stone. He works in the application of artistic actions for research programs, reconstruction and dissemination of buildings and landscapes of dry stone, in projects of historical memory and nature protection. He currently presides the Land Art Associació Catalunya.
He also directs Dos Punts Documentació i Cultura, S.L., a company specialized in archive organization, libraries and cultural production (www.dospunts.net). He has published several books, articles, communications and presentations about the professional world of silk, attorney, apothecary, Occitan immigration, local and modern history. He has curated and produced thematic exhibitions and documentaries.