BALADA CORPORAL (2010)

 

Performance cycle in four parts

South America, 2010

 

Balada Corporal speaks about the continuity of becoming, the difficulties of real encounters unleashing the physical boundaries of body surface, and transformation through concrete communication - physical, psychological, verbal and non-verbal. The visitors gather with the performers to re-awaken what is constitutional to all humans: the expressive power of body and language. These keynotes shall help to overcome the actual frozen state of being- not as a matter of nostalgia, but rather to ingrain poetry into life by re-evaluating the necessity of honest, direct and sincere human interchange.

There are moments when we live every encounter as a danger to our own integrity and hide ourselves behind a fortress of cynical words that lead inevitably to an unwilling silence. It is a silence that one discovers only  once it has already penetrated to destroy, to shut up, and to refuse the existence of an inhabited interior world. Behaving in this way, we end to forget that which is constitutional to all of us - the expressive power of our body language. We compromise its primordial treasure, the fundament of our universal identity, and move far away from the others by corrupting the recognition of our own selves. As we forget that it is only the others who help us to unveil the unknown parts of ourselves, we loose the precious gift of the necessary community with the other.

The performance cycle in four parts has been developed and presented at VestAndPage's South America tour in 2010/11, with stations in Caracas (Solid Body - Emotional Body), Valparaiso (Liquid Body - Political Body), Valdivia (Aerial Body - Spiritual Body) and Buenos Aires / Vitoria, ES (Fragile Body - Private Body).

"[In Balada Corporal - Part IV] Stenke and Pagnes bring the spectator to witness, in a sort of voyeuristic circus, their agreements, encounters and problematics within an action that doesn’t allow one to feel left outside. There is this constant fear of an accident in the air. Panic, yes, but at the same time there is the urging necessity to not loose one single detail of the movement. Just as if we watch a trapez artist falling from the heights into the arms of this partner. VestAndPage don’t work at heights. The vertigo comes from elsewhere."

Santiago Cao in Performances in Closed Spaces as Shared Intimacy, Buenos Aires

BALADA CORPORAL I: Solid Body - Emotional Body

 

UNEARTE Universidad Experimental de las Artes, Caracas, VE

In occasion of 5th World Encounter of Body Arts, curated by Ana Moreno

October 2010

 

Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, CL

In occasion of DEFORMES Biennial of Performance Art, curated by Gonzalo Rabanal

October 2010

 

EMBA Escuela Carlos Morel, Buenos Aires, AR

In occasion of Zonadeartenaccion, curated by Gabriela Alonso and Nelda Ramos

November 2010

 

Homero Masseno Gallery, Vitoria, BR

In occasion of Trampolim_Platform for Live Art, curated by Marcus Vinicius and Rubiane Maia

January 2010

 

OMISSIS Festival of Performing Arts, Gradisca d'Isonzo, IT

July 2011

 

The Substation Theater, Singapore

In ocassion of R.I.T.E.S. Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak, curated by Lee Wen

November 2011

 

Photographs by Sergio Prucoli, David von Blohn and Aisha Ryannon Pagnes

"[Balada Corporal I is] a work of high formal quality and cultural interest. I believe in the essential: the artistic representation on a support is outdated, now the image comes to life and leaves for the world. Now it is directly inscribed on the bodies of those who watch over the living flesh."

Prof Jorge Michell, Philosopher and Architect, University of Chile, Director Ojo de Buey magazin

 
BALADA CORPORAL II: Liquid Body - Political Body

 

Club Fabrica, Valparaiso, CL

In occasion of DEFORMES Biennial of Performance Art, curated by Gonzalo Rabanal

October 2010

 

Photographs by Daniel Blohn. Video by Gisela Hochuli

 
BALADA CORPORAL III: Aerial Body - Spiritual Body

 

MAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Valdivia, CL

In occasion of DEFORMES Biennial of Performance Art, curated by Gonzalo Rabanal

October 2010

 

Video and stills by Alvaro Pereda Roa

 
BALADA CORPORAL IV: Fragile Body - Emotional Body

 

CCEBA Centro Cultural de Espana, Buenos Aires, AR

In occasion of Zonadeartenaccion, curated by Gabriela Alonso and Nelda Ramos

November 2010

 

Homero Masseno Gallery, Vitoria, BR

In occasion of Trampolim_Platform for Live Art, curated by Marcus Vinicius and Rubiane Maia

January 2010

 

OMISSIS Festival of Performing Arts, Gradisca d'Isonzo, IT

July 2011

 

Photographs by Gabriela Alonso and Silvia Profumi | Studio14

"[In Balada Corporal - Part IV] Stenke and Pagnes bring the spectator to witness, in a sort of voyeuristic circus, their agreements, encounters and problematics within an action that doesn’t allow one to feel left outside. There is this constant fear of an accident in the air. Panic, yes, but at the same time there is the urging necessity to not loose one single detail of the movement. Just as if we watch a trapez artist falling from the heights into the arms of this partner. VestAndPage don’t work at heights. The vertigo comes from elsewhere."

Santiago Cao in Performances in Closed Spaces as Shared Intimacy, Buenos Aires

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