GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS. RESIDENCIES 16/17
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Dancer and Artistic Director at Uniqart Dance Company. Mr. Murillo was born in San Sebastian, Spain and at fifteen years old he moved to Madrid in search of competitive dance training.He entered the distinguished “John Cranko Ballet School” in Stuttgart, Germany from which he later graduated.
His professional dance career launched in 1997 as a “Soloist” with the “Saarländischen Staatstheater”, and in a quest to expand his repertoire he later joins the “Heinz Spöerli’s Zürich Ballet” in 2001 where he performed various breathtaking roles alongside world-renowned choreographers.
His journey led him to the “Richard Wherlock’s Basel Ballet” until 2012. Since then, he has been touring and performing on famous stages worldwide with “The Béjart Ballet Lausanne”.
Mr. Murillo’s unique trajectory of 17 years has merited him several mentions in the acclaimed “Ballettanz Magazine”: 2002 “Young Dancer to watch”, 2008 “Outstanding Dancer”, and “Dancer of the Year” in 2010.
He received the “Dance Revelation” award in 2008 by “The Professional Dance Association of Gipuzkoa”.
In 2012 he performed for the president of the Basque country.
Resident choreographer at Uniqart Dance Company.
Mr. Safronkine was born in Samara Russia and began his dance training at the “Rudolf Nureyev Ballet School“ and at the age of 15 he left his native country to advance his training at the “Swiss Professional Ballet School“ (SBBS) in Zürich.
He is a recipient of “The Nureyev Foundation“ scholarship and achieved a finalist position in the world-renowned ballet competition “Prix de Lausanne“ in 2002.
That same year he won the “International Kiev Ballet Competition“ in Ukraine.
His professional career launched in 2004 with the “Heinz Spoerli’s Zürich Ballet“ where he reached the rank of “Soloist“ until 2010.
Eager to evolve and grow in his neo-classical repertoire, Vitali joined the “Richard Wherlock’s Basel Ballet“ in 2011.
In 2012 he continued his career at the “Béjart Ballet Lausanne“ where he not only expanded his repertory with various challenging roles, but also premiered as a choreographer by staging his timeless ballet “Reflejos” in June 2013.
Since 2008, Vitali has produced over 14 original choreographies for established ballet companies, while fulfilling his obligations as a dancer.
His breathtaking works have been performed in International Ballet Galas as well as in professional ballet competitions. Additionally, he has shared his passion for creating ballets with several ballet schools in Europe.
As a 2013 nominee of “A New Name to Watch“ by Dance Europe Magazine, this unique entrepreneur is continuously looking to expand his horizons as a dancer and choreographer.
In 2016 Finalist of the Emergent Choreographic Competition in Biarritz, organized by the Malandain Ballet and Bordeaux National Opera.
Iker Murillo Director Artístico Uniqart Dance Company
With his experience as actor, dancer, dance teacher and artistic director, the objective of Lucio Baglivo’s dances is to transmit emotions and connect with the spectator by enhancing the stage’s entire range through dance, acrobatics and theatre. Each project seeks its own language of movement and a uniquely staged poetry.
A dance solo inspired by both the Spanish copla song form and bullfighting; a homage to Antonio Molina and the toreros.
The dancer develops his sentiment and expression through the musical drama. The performance is punctuated with silences. There, within those silences, the language undergoes variations and the dance strolls through different physical phases. Everything combines to compliment the fundamental idea of expression; yet it is also made more distant. The piece works on different poetic words from the copla, emphasising and transmitting them in highly pronounced expressions.
The piece is a ceremony where the dancer, in torero tradition, calls upon the morning star—the “Lucero de la mañana”—to shine good luck down on him.
Entering the stage, fragile but protected by his cape, he prepares the way for the first scene: a dream; a fantasy. The dream is “La Rosa del Penal”, a milonga dance of 1957, composed by Arroyo Benito and sung by Antonio Molina.
On waking, he is disorientated; he wants to ask his morning star for luck but he cannot find it among the confusion of other lights. He enters into spirals that sway back and forth throughout the stage space until his cape finally stops his feet. Thwarted and sad, he slowly starts trying to escape his internal dilemma. It is then that the morning star starts to shine on him and he is able to finish his ceremony.
This final scene is performed with the words from “Lucero de la Mañana”- Tientos de Perelló y Montorio.
The piece includes the same words of Ángela Molina that helped inspire it. Those words, taken from an interview on the programme Cantares, are about Spanish popular song:
“It is one of the most authentic forms of expression that we have. It’s a song form that’s with us in our bad times and our good times. It has always been a part of us; of our origins.
“As a song form, it is a weapon and a reward at the same time and with which we plead fairness, with which we offer our love, with which we get closer to each other; it is a part of us.
“I think we owe it to ourselves to be constantly aware of our roots and to value them and treasure them. To feel our connection with them has its place; it has a meaning; a raison d'être.”
Otra Danza. Pélvico
Otra Danza. Pélvico 2
Pélvico (Pelvic) is a contemporary dance piece which, far from avoiding stating the obvious, highlights it. It is a work conceived, choreographed and danced by women. It is not about woman but is born of woman. The body, its structure and its movement are the premise; a body of that sex exploring its properties as a gender.