Prague Crossroads Festival
The New StageApproximate running time
1 hour, no intermission
Q&A after the performance in the New Stage's foyer.
‘Oskara’ combines two different artistic worlds of two dance companies (Kukai Dantza referring to the traditional Basque dance and La Veronal led by one of the most prominent and progressive contemporary choreographers Marcos Morau). Thanks to these two different views on dance, they created a production oscillating between tradition, a return to the roots and a very avant-garde way of dance expression.
Oskara is an installation work that reviews some aspects of Basque culture, myths, from their origins to the present time, describing a plastic and emotional path of symbols and iconography with an ambiguous and disconcerting force which, in the most absolute way, contains within it the history of human experience. The dramatic code points towards a performance structured by an accentuated, almost violent, language of abstraction, where only the order of the arrangements can provide certain sensory logic.
For Oskara, La Veronal continues with its investigations into the power of the image through the opposition of the images themselves in a labyrinthine plot that evokes in the audience an attractive experience of missteps and discoveries through the explosive combination of dance, text and image, and where each individual will find their own representation.
Marcos Morau / La Veronal / Kukai Dantza
Marcos Morau is one of today’s most prominent choreographers. He received the National Dance Award 2013 in Spain, and is currently working for the most prestigious dance companies, as well as on creations of his own such as the La Veronal company. This company is creating a series of works that take as a starting point a country or city in the world, creating an analogy between dance and geography. Kukai Dantza Company, National Dance Award 2017 in Spain, is considered to be a reference point in present-day culture in the Basque Country. Its director and choreographer, Jon Maya, has managed to create an original new style, which is recognisable on the international scene. The company comprises dantzaris who have been dancing since the age of 6 and have been together in the company since the age of 16. They have together evolved towards new ways of understanding performing arts in tune with modern times.
Official photos: Gorka Bravo, Pierre Balancey
The Instituto Cervantes, within its Baila España programme, collaborates in the presentation of the dance show Oskara by Kukai Dantza at the Prague Crossroads Festival of the National Theatre in Prague, within the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Music and Performing Arts 2023, co-organised by Instituto Cervantes and INAEM (Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport), in the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan – financed by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.
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