Fabián Barba [EC/BE]

A Mary Wigman Dance Evening

A Mary Wigman Dance Evening
A Mary Wigman Dance Evening

05.02 – 06.02.2010

While studying, the young Ecuadorian choreographer Fabián Barba became fascinated by one of the pioneers of modern dance: the German dance artist Mary Wigman. In the early 1930s she took her expressionist dance recitals across the ocean for the first time. She changed American dance forever and even today still has an influence on the artistic life of Ecuador.

Fabián Barba was still a student at P.A.R.T.S. when he started working on Wigman’s Schwingende Landschaft, a series of seven dance solos created in 1929. He reconstructed three of them on the basis of sketches done by Wigman herself. For A Mary Wigman Dance Evening he quotes from the whole of her oeuvre. The challenge lies in the tension between his reconstruction and the original.

Fabián Barba is a member of the Busy Rocks collective together with Marisa Cabal, Tuur Marinus, Franziska Aigner and Gabriel Schenker.

On Mary Wigman: 5/2, 22:00: Christel Stalpaert, a professor at Ghent University, will be talking to Fabian Barba about the work of the German choreographer Mary Wigman (1886-1973), an innovator in expressionism and a pioneer of modern dance. In English; free admission.

concept & dance Fabián Barba | production K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie (Tanzplan Hamburg) | co-production wpZimmer (Antwerp) Kaaitheater (Brussels), fabrik Potsdam (Tanzplan Potsdam: Artists-in-Residence) | support PACT/Zollverein (Essen), Mary Wigman Gesellschaft | executive producer Caravan Production vzw | thanks to Katharine Sehnnert, Irene Sieben, Susanne Linke, Stephan Dörschel, Timmy De Laet & 'many other thanks to the many other people that have come to see rehearsals and had given me their time to let me know about their impressions, comments and share their knowledge with me.' | costumes Sarah-Christine Reuleke | music Hanns Hasting (Anruf, Pastorale, Seraphisches Lied, Sturmlied, Sommerlicher Tanz),  Sascha Demand (Raumgestalt, Zeremonielle Gestalt, Drehmonotonie)