4th Festival 1994

Main programme

Sonntag 27. Nov. // 19.00 – 20.30 Uhr

(Im Rahmen der Europawoche 21.-27.11.1994 im Freistaat Sachsen)


Compagnie Lanònima Imperial, Barcelona

»Diari d'unes hores« (»Notizen einiger Stunden«)

& »Eco de silenci« (»Echo der Stille«)

Tanzstück in zwei Teilen



Juan Carlos García


Pep Montoya


Teresa Sil


Ramón Rey, Mingo Albir

I. »Diari d'unes hores«

(»Notizen einiger Stunden«):


Jorge Sarraute, Pablo Mainetti


Carlos Alberto Cidra, Viviana Calvitti, Juan Carlos García, Emilio Gutierrez, Catalina Vilana


Pablo Mainetti

II. »Eco de silenci«

(»Echo der Stille«)


Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, III. Sinfonie »Sinfonie der Klagelieder« für Sopransolo und Orchester, op. 36, 1. Satz


Carlos Alberto Cidra, Viviana Calvitti, Emilio Gutierrez, Catalina Vilana

Ein Teil der Musik wird eingespielt.

Im Anschluss an die Vorstellung findet ein Publikumsgespräch statt.
Moderation: Klemens Wannenmacher, Hamburg

Are they circus performers or homeless vagrants? Is down-at-heel riffraff having a party or did some people simply disguise themselves? The dancers conjure up a Fellinistic dream-world in which deception and reality freely mingle with each other. Play and life are inseparable, just as they are during childhood. A shepherd, or is it a gypsy, burst into song and Argentine tango rhythms shape the surrealistic proceedings. It appears here that the harmony between people, between man and woman, is not as important and less of a delusion as life's experiences. Nevertheless one is already a bit jaded, much like after a frolicsome summer night and so the merriment slowly gives way to tender nostalgia.

However the atmosphere changes completely in the second part of the evening. Alienation, desperation, suppression, melancholy, and loneliness follow the festivities; and only in the light of subsequent developments unfolds the revelry its meaning. The group splits into individuals and what once was fun now becomes a nightmare. In harmony with the melancholic-festive music by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki do grief, sorrow, and fear as fundamental human experiences relieve the first part's merriment. Life's insoluble, and apparently eternal, contradictions are the subject of the two vastly different choreographies.

Górecki belongs amongst Poland's most important contemporary composers. He was born in Czernica near Rybnik in 1933. During the 1961 Biennial in Paris he received the first prize for his I. Symphony. His III. Symphony was created 1976 and Górecki also included church and folk music in the composition.

Every year Spain, and in particular Catalan, this easterly province with its capital of Barcelona overlooking the bordering Mediterranean shores, experiences a steady stream of new dance productions. However only very few troupes have the same high dancing and choreographic qualities as the by Juan Carlos García in 1986 founded Company Lanònima Imperial.

García was born in Bilbao. After completing his modern and classical dance studies he started with the musician Claudio Zilian in 1980 a duo in Barcelona. Later he danced with the Company Emile Dubois under the direction of Jean-Claude Gallotta and studied in Angers and New York.

García received several prizes for his Lanònima Imperial choreographies. One of those honours was that of Best Production of the Year by the City of Barcelona. The company gave guest performances in many festivals and performed in nearly all European capitals. On the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games it showed the first performance of »Afanya't a poc a poc« (»Hurry up and wait«) in Barcelona and then later with great success in many Spanish cities as well as abroad.

»The choreographer Juan Carlos García is a master of the cotrasts« (Roswitha Reichart, Volksblatt, Linz, 14.03.1994).

»The choreography proves that Juan Carlos García and Lanònima Imperial belong to the best European contemporary dance groups and dance creators« (Nina Ozegoviú, Vjesnik, Zagreb, 19.03.1994).

Das Gastspiel erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch
CoPEC – Büro zur Förderung der Katalanischen Kultur / Generalitat de Catalunya / Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid und Ayuntamiento de Barcelona.