The final countdown for the opening of the Some Things, from Somewhere exhibition has started. Over the next working sessions Cai and the artists will be putting the final touches to the project developed over the last months.
In his last visit Cai has shared with us his views on how Itziar is experimenting with some new movements and with her body to express herself through this language.
The presence of doing nothing in particular
First nothing, then something
Space precedes substance
The Living of each second
As the dance appears
Falling through her in gestures
Known and unknown
Meaning is made by the very fact that her feet
Little as they are
Land on the world
That revolves under them
It keeps turning
And in return
Dance and movement can reveal an essence of a person that words can never reach. Dancing can bring forth what’s invisible. Like a skin that somehow falls away and reveals what is hidden. Perhaps an essence of a person appears, even briefly for a moment the body’s story finds its way through.
Itziar and I huddle over my phone watching Beyoncé, looking at her movements and the spirit of her dancing. We are about to enter the theatre again to explore her solo, which has developed in dialogues over the last months. Something has begun to form, we call it 'The Story of Hair'.
At the beginning of the process Itziar danced an imaginary dance of having imaginably long hair that trailed through the space. In the months that followed we collaborated with Lili Hartman who was able to realize the narrative by making a hairpiece that now is part of the work.
Slowly we enter the theatre space at Matadero, it is a vast structure. I always wonder at empty theatrical spaces, powerful spaces of potentialities and transformations. When empty they somehow reveal more. This emptiness of space when encountered fully through the body begins to awaken an inner desire to offer something in return, not to fill it, but to meet it, to dialogue with that potential energy.
Itziar chooses images from a large selection that I always travel with. We always begin with this ritual, like a tarot of images. The images we use, I have collected over the years, they support a wordless dialogue, and we speak through images rather than words.
Each month I’m curious what she chooses, and the patterns that emerge.
Today, as with every other time, she chooses multiple images of female bodies."
Continue reading Cai´s impressions here (Some things from somewhere British Council).