CIA. ANTONIO RUZ
Created in 2009 by its director and choreographer, Antonio Ruz, the company’s goal is the research and pursuit of movement, as well as collaboration with artists from other genres including the Fine Arts, and early and modern music. It has performed its work in Spain, Europe, Africa and South America, and its productions include No Drama, Ignoto, Ojo, Libera Me!, Vaivén, À L’Espagnole, fantasía escénica and Beautiful Beach. Dancer and choreographer Antonio Ruz studied flamenco, Spanish dance and ballet, and enjoys a successful career as a dancer in important Spanish and international companies (Ballet Víctor Ullate, Ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genèv, Ballet de la Opera de Lyon, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Sasha Waltz & Guests), making him a reference for dance in Spain and Europe. He currently combines the direction of his Madrid company with his work as an assistant choreographer in the Berlin-based company Sasha Waltz & Guests, as well as with diverse theatrical, musical and educational projects. Ruz was recognized with the “El Ojo Crítico” award from RTVE (Radio Televisión Española) in 2013, in the category of Dance.
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Double Bach is a collaborative project between musician Pablo Martín Caminero – whose original idea it was to adapt the Suites for cello No 1 and 2 by J.S. Bach for the double bass, bringing together both the tonality and technique (pizzicato instead of the bow), – and the choreographer Antonio Ruz. With the powerful dancing of acclaimed ballerina Tamako Akiyama, the piece presents an intimate, indoor space in which the dancers share and dialog from a state of non-thinking, from emptiness; a shared solitude, a desert-ocean, a blank canvas where the music, movement and light (or the absence thereof) evoke fragility, profundity and imbalance. The return to simplicity.
Running time: 50 min
Number of performers: 2
The recurring image of the beach as an idyllic place of pleasure and tranquility gives us an oasis from the chaos and noise of our current existence, fulfilling our desire to disappear off the face of the Earth. We attempt to teleport ourselves towards a paradise far from reality, using the power of the imagination. Is the beach really a paradisiacal getaway? Does vacation equal disconnection? In direct contrast to this imaginary state of total peace, and using humor and music as a backdrop, the piece delves into the movement of a body that is noticeably agitated and trembling in poses of excitement; exploring pathologies or mental states that provoke restlessness and deliberately changing the usual association between mind and body to artificially represent actions that express physical discomfort. The play between tension-relaxation, the tense muscles that are a sign of our times, are ironically transformed into fragility and anxiety, whimsically reproducing situations that any spectator can relate to.
Running time: 75 min
Number of dancers: 7