IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE by Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS (2017)

IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE by Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS Artistic Direction, Choreography, Performance, Video, Set and Costumes: Rafael Alvarez Artistic Collaboration (video appeareance): Kotomi Nishiwaki Technical Direction and Light Design: Nuno Patinho Admnistration and Production: BODYBUILDERS / Rafael…

IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE by Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS (2017)

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IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE by Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS

Artistic Direction, Choreography, Performance, Video, Set and Costumes: Rafael Alvarez
Artistic Collaboration (video appeareance): Kotomi Nishiwaki
Technical Direction and Light Design: Nuno Patinho
Admnistration and Production: BODYBUILDERS / Rafael Alvarez
Press: Mafalda Simões
Stage Photography: Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez
Graphic Design: Paulo Guerreiro
Video Record: Bruno Canas

Coproduction: Festival Temps d’Images 2017/Duplacena and BODYBUILDERS
Residencies: Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), Ko Murobushi Archive (Tokyo), Micadanses (Paris), Le Carreau du Temple (Paris), Teatro Municipal do Porto Campo Alegre (Porto), EIRA / Teatro da Voz (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)
Presentation Support: BUoY Arts Centre (Tokyo), Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), TPAM 2018 / BUKATSUDO (Tokyo),Negócio / ZDB (Lisbon), Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita (Barreiro)
Partnerships: School of Arts / University of Évora, Superior School of Art and Design – Caldas da Rainha / Leiria’s Polytechnic Institute,, Superior School of Dance / Lisboa’s Polytechnic Institute

Sponsorship: FUJIFILM Portugal
Support to Internationalization: Gulbenkian Foundation
Support in Japan: Camões – Portuguese Cultural Center in Tokyo / Embassy of Portugal in Japan
Cofinancied by General Directorate for the Arts / Ministry of Culture – Portugal

Premiére >
7 October 2017, RYOGOKU BEAR, Tokyo
1-4 November 2017, Festival Temps d’Images, Negócio / ZDB, Lisbon

Tour 2019 >
5 May 2019, Ilustração à Vista_23 Milhas – Ílhavo, Laboratório das Artes Teatro Vista Alegre, ÍLHAVO
11 May, Ciclo Dança Invisível / Inestética, Palácio do Sobralinho, VILA FRANCA de XIRA
15 June, 2019, Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita, BARREIRO
6 September, 2019, Carpintarias de São Lázaro, LISBOA
4 October, 2019, A22 / Ginasiano, VILA NOVA DE GAIA
16-17 September, 2019, CIFCET – Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre, Cairo, EGYPT
14 November, Mindelact Festival, São Vicente, CAPE VERT
16 November, FIDANC – International Dance Festival, Évora, PORTUGAL
30 – 31, 2019 – FMK International Dance Festival, Vientiane, LAOS

Tour 2018>
21 October 2017, BUoY Arts Centre, Tokyo
16 February 2018, TPAM Fringe – Performing Arts Meeting,BUKATSUDO, Yokohama
21 July 2018, Festival Citemor, Teatro de Bolso, Coimbra

IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE is revealed through a silent dialogue of listening and observation. The aesthetic experience of travelling materializes itself in a choreographic and visual composition of the invisible, the unspeakable, the immanent, the ephemeral, the fragile and the intuitive. On this first journey to Tokyo, I assemble a collection of images and imagery crossing references and impressions, works and narratives around the country of the rising sun. From my exotic gaze I let myself be guided by the accumulation of common places and clichés of a certain (western) image of Japan and simultaneously diving into a sea of discoveries and revelations swallowed by the megalopolis of Tokyo. From detail to ritual, from the symbolic to the abstract, I find myself in the fragility, ephemerality and potency of the materials that I propose to explore – body and paper.
A first initial single image generates the will for the creation of this solo, remaining invisible but present throughout the project – ‘The Great Wave of Kanawaga’, iconic work of Hokusai created in 1830 and reproduced from the mid -1870s through a series of lithographs using the traditional Japanese print technique known as Ukiyo (literally, “floating world”), which led to a time of great visibility and export of Japanese art in the western world and reciprocally, a contamination and influence of Western art in Japanese art. In this floating world nothing is too small or insignificant to hold our attention. This solo of shadows, evocations and masks whose Hokusai wave allows to embody is an invitation to travel and stand still at the same time.

+ info ::
https://www.bodybuilders.pt/in-the-range-of-a-wave

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