Premièred in February 2019 at the SÂLMON< Festival in Barcelona, Jura de bandera (Pledging the Flag) takes 19th-century Europe as its starting point, a time when the first national movements begin to emerge and where policies for the normalisation of bodies start to be implemented.
“Two centuries later, while the State/totem continues to make its instruments of government more sophisticated, diversity is unquestionable”, Vértebro explains to us. “Analogue and digital identities evolve in the face of their impossibility of being agglutinated in a national identity or established slogans; what we today call State may be no more than a vast piece of land where our coexistence requires no legitimacy, a panorama of multi-entities in flight, an oasis where the radiography of our heritage is present”, they conclude.
Together, Ángela López, Juan Diego Calzada and Nazario Díaz make up the Vértebro collective, one of the most essential companies on the contemporary national scene. Ever since the company was formed in 2007, the proposals they have created have been characterised by their own particular mixture of disciplines that stretch the Andalusian imaginary to its maximum extent. Their works have been presented in such famous international and national spaces as Reims Scènes d’Europe (France), the International Gathering of Living Arts in Tlalpan, (Mexico), Terrassa Noves Tendències, ALT Vigo or the SÂLMON< Festival in Barcelona, among others. The members of Vértebro live in Cordoba where they are the curators of Beautiful Movers, a miracle-encounter for the contemporary scene that has attracted creators such as Rodrigo García, Idoia Zabaleta, Societat Doctor Alonso, El Conde de Torrefiel, Patricia Caballero or Pilar Albarracín.
Beginning in 2013, and within the framework of their Diptych for Identity project, they have carried out a series of works and actions around questions of identity that seek to put forward a context of thought and action that might shed light on permeable concepts about gender, faith, politics, and sexuality. With regard to Diptych for Identity, the collective has this to say: “The idea that our identity is not something inherent, something that just happens to exist, rather something that is imagined, invented and represented, permeating two scenic devices that meet head on in this diptych. On the one hand, the piece Dios tiene vagina (God has a Vagina) is akin to a concert, ritual and folklore. On the other hand, Jura de bandera, the second and final part of this diptych, is fuelled by politics or activism”.
Diptych for Identity premièred in February 2019 at Reims Scenes d’Europe, in France. It is a co-production between TNT Terrassa Noves Tendències, Naves Matadero - International Living Arts Centre, Graner-Festival SÂLMON< in Barcelona, and Vértebro.
The schedule at Naves Matadero is as follows:
Creation: Ángela López, Nazario Díaz, Juan Diego Calzada
With the collaboration of: Brigitte Vasallo
Lighting: Ana Rovira
Sound: Óscar G. Villegas
Technological support: Ignacio de Antonio Antón, Jorge Cano
Co-production: Naves Matadero - Centro Internacional de Artes Vivas (Madrid), Graner-Festival SÂLMON< (Barcelona) and Vértebro
With the support of: Graner, Centre de creació del cos i el moviment (Barcelona)