Dance among the Water Lilies: Fabian Barba

Friday 18 March 2019, 7pm and 8.30pm

Artistic direction and interpretation: Fabian Barba

The name Mary Wigman immediately evokes the birth of German modern dance and its development in the wake of the First World War: modern dance or expressionist dance became a dance that believed in life in all its living forms. "A return to the roots of dance, to life itself from which dance surges" in the words of the greatest German dancer and choreographer of her time. In 1914, she created her first major solo Witch Dance (Hexentanz), accompanied by percussion. In thrall to ecstatic forces or tribal dance, group dance, pastoral, spatial and ceremonial figures... all opportunities for hidden resources to emerge and awaken death's drives and life's drives from the depths of the human being.

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Fabian Barba © Franziska Aigner

Fabian Barba, a dancer and choreographer born in Quito, Ecuador, who trained in Brussels at P.A.R.T.S., the school founded by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, has been creating a dialogue for almost ten years with the thinking behind Mary Wigman’s choreography which continues to resonate on the contemporary scene through her credo "Time, energy, space".