January 19, 2021

'Fronterizos' revises the link of contemporary dance with the culture of the 20th century – La Provincia

'Fronterizos' revises the link of contemporary dance with the culture of the 20th century - La Provincia


The Border Club of the Insular Library of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria faces on Tuesday, October 16, the third installment of the aforementioned space, which will be focused on the manifestation of contemporary dance and its connection with the culture of the twentieth century. The aforementioned cycle that will conclude in December has been called Dance, dance, dance and is coordinated on this occasion by the 24-year-old Gran Canaria writer Elisenda Romano Díaz, graduated in Spanish Language and Hispanic Literature at the ULPGC.

On October 16, at 7:00 pm, the first activity of the Borders with the reflection that its members will raise around the novel Contredanse of the Argentine writer Blanca Lema. On November 13, Win Wenders' documentary will be screened, Pineapple, that the filmmaker dedicated to one of the most influential dancers and choreographers of modern dance, the German Pina Bausch. Finally, on December 11, Borders closes his particular reflection on dance by proposing a meeting with the dance director Natalia Medina, founder in 1996 of the Masdanza International Festival.

Blanca Lema builds a literature that resists boxing. In Contredanse he elaborates a poetic novel around a Butoh dance teacher who, after two years of living a voluntary confinement, and after a near-death experience, reconsiders a vital transformation to face a new future. Poet, psycho-pedagogue, dancer and film screenwriter, the Argentine writer, who also writes poetry and essay, addresses Contredanse a story that moves every step and attracts with a literary proposal where it creates beauty and disquiets the reader from the painful, metaphorical and ambivalent.

The butoh dance goes through Lema's novel. This demonstration was born after the tragedy of Hiroshima while the Japanese culture fell back on its origins, on the one hand, and paid homage to the West. One of the visual references of the creators of the butoh were the half-dead bodies that crawled among the debris after the detonation of the nuclear bomb. The butoh is ambivalent all the time as is the central character of the novel by Blanca Lema and questions paradigms in a very metaphorical way. The butoh is also known as the dance of the subconscious, what both she and other professionals who practice it call destiny, which was what the protagonist of the novel wanted to change Contredanse.

When Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno performed this dance for the first time almost 60 years ago, Japan was scandalized by the grotesque faces of the dancers and their febrile, sexual and irrational movements, imitated animal behavior, had spasms, reproduced gestures of suffering, trembled As if they were electrocuting, they offered a macabre spectacle and, above all, they were scary.

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