After the success of our Dance Insights event in January 2020, we are delighted to bring to you, #DanceInsights Online – a curated online programme of performances, discourse and events, provocations and artistic inspirations brought to you by our 2020 Artists in Residence.  Each programme will be online for two weeks and offer audiences an insight into the process and mind of the creator.

First up, choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra presents a selection of work that focuses on the inspiration and insight into life as artist. Carlos will host an exciting programme which includes an exclusive online premiere of his 2018 works TORO; a live interview with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; an Instagram take-over and a specially curated Spotify playlist.

27 April – 10 May / Curated by Carlos Pons Guerra

WATCH / TORO: BEAUTY AND THE BULL

DeNada Dance Theatre present Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty and the Bull, a darkly erotic, Hispanic take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

In a circus sideshow of a dystopian South America, conquistadors, animals in drag, matadors and female bulls play out a melodramatic tragicomedy about colonisation, love and oppression. Filmic, sensual and bizarre, TORO is a sibylline fantasy that asks who the real monsters amongst us are.

80 mins / Contains adult themes, contains partial nudity and scenes of a violent sexual nature

Download TORO programme here.

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LISTEN / IN CONVERSATION: CARLOS PONS GUERRA & ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA 

Carlos invites Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa for an online aperitif to celebrate International Dance Day. Talking about how their Hispanic heritage influences their work, their subversion of gender roles in ballet and contemporary dance, and their relationship with trash and high art, expect a fun and camp insight into the work of both choreographers.

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WATCH / RUFFLE // RAMBERT

“A curious fact about cockfights is that a combat only ends when one bird is killed or critically injured. Very much like gladiators in Ancient Rome, who would enter the arena and fight to the death, knowing that one of them had to die- morituri te salutant. I found this morbidly and beautifully poetic, and very symbolic of many of our romantic relationships. These notions of fighting are what inspired Ruffle: when our bedrooms become cockpits or arenas, and only one of us can get out barely alive.”

RUFFLE IS A CO-COMMISSION BY RAMBERT AND THE LOWRY AS PART OF THE FUTURE, AN EVENING OF NEW CHOREOGRAPHY BY RAMBERT DANCERS AND GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS.

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LISTEN / MUSICAL INSPO (Available on DX Spotify)

Carlos shares some of the kitschiest, most melodramatic and uplifting tracks from some of his works. A mostly Latin, highly camp playlist to kick off your weekend (frozen margaritas sadly not included).

 

INSPIRE / CARLOS RECOMMENDS

Carlos shares his most influential books and inspiring films, all available to read/watch online during quarantine.

Carlos’ 5 most inspiring films

Anything, and everything, by Pedro Almodóvar

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1972)

Querelle, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1982)

Female Trouble, John Waters (1974)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich (1962)

Carlos’ 6 Most Inspiring Books

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

Before Night Falls, Reinaldo Arenas

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Angela Carter

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Angels in America, Tony Kushner

His Dark Materials Trilogy, Philip Pullman