KIROLAK is a dance piece that supports creation, inclusion and popular culture from a contemporary perspective. It is inspired by Basque sports, which have their origin in the work activities of the rural environment,
transforming and reinterpreting them through dance, giving a new, more contemporary and poetic reading.
Three dancers and two txalapartaris create an abstract imaginary from the physicality and strength of the sport.
Can we find sensitivity and poetry in strength, endurance and perseverance?
This project is inclusive as we work with people with disabilities. The 2 musicians who are part of the artistic team have a permanent disability: Silvia Munárriz has a disability of grade 35, with severe mobility difficulties and Mikel Casanellas a visual disability of grade 68.
Concept: Helena Lizari
Direction and Choreography: Helena Lizari and Laida Aldaz
Performing: Koldo Arostegui, Laida Aldaz and Helena Lizari
Live Music: Txalaparta Zaldizka, Mikel Casanellas y Silvia Munarriz
Costumes: Pepa Martínez
Ligh and Sound: David Bernués
Production: Rosa García
Management: El Trastero Creativo
Photografy: Blanca Razquin
Thanks to DanzÁlava offering an external look of Idoia Zabaleta, and the collaboration of Carmen Larraz as an external look in Sortutakoak.
Laida Aldaz and Helena Lizari created in 2016 a short street piece around this theme, which has been shown at Dantza-Hirian 2016, DNA Festival 2016, Fitur Fair 2017, Danzad Danzad Festival Malditos 2017, Fira Mediterrania 2017 (with the collaboration of the Etxepare Institute), Cultural Event Government Delegation of Navarra in Brussels 2017, Festival DNA 2018 and Program Kultur 2018.
From this work, a long-lasting piece for theaters has been created, for which we have received an artistic residence in Sortutakoak11 from Dantzagunea, Casa de la Danza de Guipúzcoa, choreographic assistance from DanzÁlava, economic help of Innova Cultural 2018 from Fundación Caja Navarra and La Caixa, the co-production of La Faktoria Choreographic Center, and technical residence of the Casa de Cultura de Villava, where it was presented on June 14, 2019.
Karen and Allen Kaeja created a film/stage collaboration called XTOD:SDX. The film, by Allen, is named Xtraordinary TO Dances: Moments in Reel Time (XTOD) and the stage, by Karen, is Solo Dance Xchange (SDX).
The film takes place throughout Metropolitan Toronto highlight 22 Xtraordinary Toronto Dance Artists (EDA’s) improvising one-minute dances in deeply meaningfullocations of their choice. The 22 creators are of diverse genres, practices and generations.
Karen conceived of the Solo Dance Xchange (SDX) at the same time. Each of the film performers were given one of the other film solos (exchanged) to inspire them to create a two-three minute solo to perform. The concept was to re-imaginea new idea from the film solo and not reinterpret or redo the film solo.
Xtraordinary TO Dances has been performed in Japan, inviting 10 dancers and choreographers to créate and perform new solos.
Direction: Allen and Karen Kaeja
Performing: Jun Morii, Naoko Mirakoshi, Yui Ugai, Helena Lizari, Mio Sakamoto, Caryn Chapell, Minoru Harata, Allen Kaeja, Masuyo Higashide, Karen Kaeja, Sho Ikushima, Miki Sato.
This show has been performed at the Festival El Més Petit de Tots 2017 at the big top La Vela L¨Estruch theater in Sabadell,La Casa Encendida in Madrid, within the Festival International Weeks of Theater-Educational Action 2017, Festival Vox Txiia 2018 Pamplona and Festival BBescena 2019 A Coruña, among others.
El baile no acaba aquí (The dancedoes not end here)isa portraitmade bypieces,scrapstogetherlike pieces of apuzzle, where there’s alwaysa pieceto fit.
There are alwayssomepieces which do notfitandwhen we thought wehave succeeded,weseeanother pieceleft over, maybefrom anotherpuzzle we left unfinished.
It is a proposaloftheater movement, physicalnarrativewhere the wordbecomesgestureandmovement.
The textsare collected from fragments, read,found, heard here andthere …talking about thisandthat …of life itself.
Expressinga collective thoughton asinglebody.
This dancecould well be ajourney through the own existence.
It talks abouteveryday situationscarried with abstraction, some more dramatic, some morecomical.All scenesarerelated, somehow, to personaland universalreflections at the same time: crying,transformation, happiness, intelligence, entertainment, loneliness …and ellipsesbecause dancedoes not end there.
PLEASEEXI(S)Tis a spaceinmovement thatallows us toobservefrom within andbe observedfrom outside.Somewhere betweenopacityand transparencythat mediatebetweensharedindoor and outdoorlocations.
It isan encounterbetween sound,imageand movement.
Created and performed by: CarlosOsatinsky, FernandoN.Pelliccioni, Helena Lizari With this piececontinuesa long trayectory ofcollaborations withperformersand creatorsOsatinskyCarlosandFernandoN.Pelliccioli.