When Mikhail Baryshnikov invited me to the BAC to dance, he asked me for a very personal work that would show what I am as a person and as a dancer and creator.
I interpreted his commission as if it were a self-portrait, and despite the fact that what I presented there was subject to a small and intimate space, the idea of developing my self-portrait on stage encouraged me to do this work. I felt the need to learn to know myself, even more at that moment in my life, to stop and get closer to the mirror to see clearly, to observe and analyse myself carefully and translate it all into a movement, an atmosphere, a scenic situation. I was actually trying to follow the process painters follow when they do their self-portraits.
Dancing is the only way I have found to know myself, it has always been with me, we have not abandoned each other, we are one; After all, I have found out that dance is the best way to show what I am.
From this experience I learned to look at myself in the mirror as if it were a game, that is, without forgetting the wise words of the Soleá:
“The mirror you look at
will tell you what you look like,
but it will never tell you
the thoughts you have”
María Pagés, Isabel Rodríguez, María Vega, Eva Varela, José Barrios, José Antonio Jurado, Paco Berbel, Rubén Puertas
Ana Ramón, Juan de Mairena
José “Fyty” Carrillo, Rubén Levaniegos
VIOLIN / CHELO
David Moñiz / Sergio Menem
DIRECTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY
FARRUCA CHOREOGRAPHY, ZAPATEADO AND ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER
LYRICS AND MUSIC
José Saramago, Antonio Machado, Miguel Hernández, Federico García Lorca, Ben Sahl, Alberto Cortéz, José “Fyty” Carrillo, Isaac Muñoz, popular music
ARRANGEMENTS AND ORIGINAL MUSIC
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN
FABRIC DYEING AND PRINTING
María Calderón workshop
Luis F. Santos, González