Nubes

2009

50 minutes

Ideas

Like Jackson Brown, Bart Simpson, Robbie Williams or John Cale millions of people have admired René Magritte’s paintings. Psychoanalytical theories, TV series, exhibitions, books and documentaries have all tried to unravel the significance of his powerful images.

Aracaladanza has never hidden its profound fascination with the lyrical, surreal, magical and fantastic universe born of the brush of Magritte.

The Belgian painter developed an uncompromising style in which the objects—or rather his artistic representations—become the central character.

The possibilities of finding creative inspiration in the Magritte’s strong images took shape after the premier of Pequeños Paraísos, a show based on the painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.

And so Nubes became the second show in a series where we hope to find inspiration in the magic that painting geniuses such as Bosch, Magritte, Miró and El Greco transmit.

Nubes is a work that transforms the absurd into an artistic engine and emphasizes “the company’s mark”: the relation of dance to objects to transform them into protagonists.

And what you’re reading is not a dance show, no.

It actually is just a description of what already is a contemporary dance show.

Synopsis

Magritte. The Belgian painter we’ll always remember for his black bowler. They say the bowler was invented for an English Earl two centuries ago.

His last name was Magritte (please remember his name is spelled with two t’s) and his first name was René (spelled with only one n). Those who know painting say he’s one of the best examples of surrealism.

Surrealism was a mid-20th century artistic movement that used images to express emotions but not in the logical way we think of when we talk about logic.

Just one example: You see a cloud and turn it into a sheep. Well, in reality, all clouds are sheep. Or are all sheep clouds? It doesn’t matter: You see a sheep and zap! You realize it’s a cloud.

If you say this out loud your family will tell you, “You’re crazy!” But you know it’s possible because your imagination allows you to see that and so much more. “Nonsense!”, they’ll say.

It happens to all of us. We even do it on purpose for fun, excitement or play. We spend time looking at Magritte’s paintings, the Belgian painter of the bowler. And we imagine things we wish to show you. These are not things that we can see in his paintings; they’re images that we come up with while looking at the paintings. We invite you to open a door, the one that’s in your head and allows you to imagine whatever you want.

  • 2011 Best Dance Show On Tour 2010/2011 in Spain. Feria de Huesca Award
  • 2011 MAX Award for Best Children’s Show
  • 2011 MAX Award for Best Costume Design – Elisa Sanz
  • Finalist 2011 MAX Award for the Best Lighting Design – Pedro Yagüe
  • Premio Nacional de Teatro para la Infancia y la Juventud 2010
    El jurado le ha concedido esta distinción por “su compromiso con las artes escénicas para la infancia y la juventud; por su trabajo en el ámbito del teatro-danza, basado en una dramaturgia visual y poética que acerca el público infantil a los nuevos lenguajes; por su exigencia estética, artística y técnica, y por su proyección nacional e internacional, especialmente en su espectáculo Nubes, de 2009”.
  • 2010 FETEN Award for Best Show

Team

Concept and direction
Enrique Cabrera
Choreography
Aracaladanza
Performers
Carolina Arija Gallardo
Jorge Brea Salgueiro
Natalí Camolez
Olga Lladó Valls
Raquel de la Plaza Húmera
Jonatan de Luis Mazagatos
Jimena Trueba Toca
Cover
Elena García Sánchez
Assistant director
Natalí Camolez

Original music composition
Mariano Lozano P. Ramos
Others music
Penguin Café Orchestra
Costume design
Elisa Sanz
Set design
Elisa Sanz
Ricardo Vergne
Lighting design
Pedro Yagüe
Projection design
Álvaro Luna
Crafting costumes
Cornejo
Gabriel Besa

Crafting stage sets
Mambo Decorados
Prop and puppet production
Ricardo Vergne
Graphic design
Circusmedia SL
Photography
Eduardo García
Production and tour coordination
Patricia Torrero
Production and press design
Javier Torres
National distribution
Alberto Muyo

Eduardo García González

Magritte would tip his hat.”
Cristina Martinez de la Ossa. La Tribuna de Albacete, 17/3/2010
…be entertained by the six skilled performers of Aracaladanza in 50 minutes of light, witty and visually eye-catching fantasy”
Dance Australia. Margaret Mercer, 16/2/2013
Clouds is an entertaining, engaging, unique piece of work that will enchant whether you are five or one hundred and five.”
Aussie Theatre. Craig Dalglish, 14/2/2013
The packed theatre greatly appreciated it all, as did I, and the performers had to return many times for ‘curtain’ calls because of the sustained applause.”
Dance Australia. Margaret Mercer, 16/2/2013
Poetry in motion”
doctorbrigato.blogspot.com, 30/12/2009
…A compliment to the senses. Successful programming by the Abadia. And a show that can compete with the performances of Moses Pendleton!”
doctorbrigato.blogspot.com, 30/12/2009

…for 50 minutes both children and adults were left speechless”

Cristina Martinez de la Ossa. La Tribuna de Albacete, 17/3/2010
When Aracaladanza’s Clouds finishes its run at the Perth International Arts Festival, there will be hundreds of children who want to practice shadow puppets, play with balloon heads, and chase clouds that turn into sheep. And hopefully, hundreds more children who have fallen in love with the thrill that theatre can bring.”
Australian Stage. Anna Locke, 15/2/2013
Aracaladanza is one of the most prestigious Spanish companies specializing in shows for young audiences.”
Roger Salas. El País, 13/12/2009
I would love one of our local companies to acquire this work, if Aracaladanza can be persuaded to share it. A season of only four performances was not long enough for it to be exposed to everyone who would enjoy it – and that, I think, would include almost the whole population of Perth. Of Australia. Of the world!. Viva Aracaladanza!”
Arts Hub. Carol Flavell Neist, 19/2/2013
Clouds is a magical performance, one for the whole family to enjoy.”
Aussie Theatre. Craig Dalglish, 14/2/2013

Nubes, medium format version for 6 dancers, premiered on December 9, 2009 in Madrid at the Teatro de la Abadia.

Nubes, large format version for 9 dancers, premiered on April 2, 2010 in London at Sadler`s Wells Theatre.

Nubes is an Aracaladanza production, co-produced with the Madrid Regional Government, Sadler`s Wells Theatre, DanceEast, the Jerwood Foundation, the Mercat de les Flors and the Auditorio de Tenerife; in collaboration with the Albacete Provincial Government, the Auditorio de Alcobendas, the Teatro del Canal and the Teatro de la Abadia.

Nubes is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports for its national tours.

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