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Órbitas y Derivas. Àngels Margarit 2011


Órbitas y Derivas. Picture: Gentian Doda
  • Choreography: Àngels Margarit
  • Original music: Joan Saura
  • Wardrobe design: Ariadna Papiò
  • Assistants: Isabel López y Gustavo Lesgart
  • Video creation: Nuria Font
  • Lighting design: María Doménech (A.A.I.)
  • Premiered by the Spanish National Dance Company at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, on 17th June 2011

Orbits and Drifts [Órbitas y derivas] shows a landscape of journeys, paths and wanderings across a space or installed in that space, arising from a kind of kinetic accident. Patterns and constellations succeed one another in a piece searching for bonds between the performers, who need complicity to solve the situations brought about by the spatial geometry to which they are submitted, inevitable bursts of movement, bodies precipitating, accumulating and drifting away, tongues of wind seeking a sense of void.

This piece is developed starting from some of the referential physical motifs of my choreographic writing. Falling, suspension, impulse, and inertia are physical actions that we must try to inhabit.Orbits and Drifts is a small tribute to Octavio Paz and Gilberto Ruiz Lang, who introduced me to the poetry of Paz and encouraged me to embody his words.

Àngels Margarit



Àngels MargaritShe began her training in contemporary dance at the end of the 1970s in Barcelona, after which she continued studying in several places in Europe and in New York. For over 30 years she has been a dedicated dancer, choreographer and teacher.

From 1979 to 1984 she was part of the group Heura, pioneers and an inevitable reference point for contemporary dance in Spain. Within Heura she began to develop as a choreographer with TEMPS AL BIAIX (1981), her first contemporary dance performance devised as a single piece. After five years with this group she decided to embark on a project of her own and created MUDANCES (1985), a piece for five ballerinas that would also give her company its name.

Since then she has developed a very personal creative style, grounded on the search for a language and poetics of her own and the fascination for space, an essential item in her work, which includes creations for the stage, urban settings, improvisations, video dance, installations and investigations with new technologies. From the start she has enjoyed an important projection abroad, becoming a reference for dance in Spain.

She has been distinguished with a number of national and international awards including the Grand Prix du Concours Chorégraphique de Bagnolet (France, 1988), the Premi Nacional de danza de Catalunya (1986, 1991, 1999), the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona d'Arts Escèniques (1993), among others.

As a teacher she regularly conducts courses, ateliers and teaches repertoire at dance schools in a number of countries. She has collaborated in several teaching programs for the Centro Coreográfico Gallego (2008), Conservatorio Superior de Danza (CSD) of the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, which she directed in the 2006/07 season. As a curator, in 2003 she was behind the conception of Tensdanza, an international dance festival in Terrassa (Barcelona). In 2010 she won the NATIONAL DANCE AWARD of the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

She is currently working on a new project in collaboration with the Swiss dancer and choreographer Thomas Hauert.