• Dance

  • Performance

ENSAMBLE: COCINA EN MOVIMIENTO

By José Vidal & Cía

Chile

  • Spanish

This new citizen dance piece by José Vidal is inspired by cooking: cooking while you dance and talking while you cook.


In a Chile deeply affected and broken by events over the last year, José Vidal y Cía offer an alternative kind of get-together: cooking while you dance and talking while you cook. The choreographer introduces movement to what feeds and nourishes us today, heightening the participants’ senses and using bodies and movement to make them aware that they themselves are the main driving forces behind change and transformation.

Cast and crew


Director: José Vidal | Executive producer: Pilar Santelices | General producer: Catalina Avaria | Assistant producer: Victor Silva | Technical manager and lighting: Julio Escobar | Live DJ: Damián Ketterer | Sound technician: Enrique Olivares | Content activators: Raffaella Di Girolamo, Daniela García, Carolina López | Assistant directors and performers: Darío Oyarzún, Marcela Torres

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José Vidal

Director

Making dance more democratic

Born in Valdivia, he studied anthropology and sociology before beginning his dance studies. In 1996, he travelled to New York on an American Dance Festival scholarship and, after working as a performer at several European companies, got a Masters in choreography at the

London Contemporary Dance School.

His main motivation is working on bodily awareness and the body’s capacity, diversity and power, transforming and connecting in order to make dance more democratic and bringing it into public spaces as an opportunity for large-scale inclusive celebrations. His choreographies are an invitation for the audience to participate in emotional and cultural exchange, making the artistic practice more democratic and creating unique moments in the present. Any notion or concept of barriers and frontiers is left behind, not just in the arts but also in language, geography and emotions.

José Vidal & Cía

José Vidal & Cía

All together

This company dates back to London in 2010 and the Hopscotch group, created by José Vidal, Juliana Majo and Monserrat Ventura after Vidal finished his Master of Arts in contemporary dance and while he was working as an associated artist at The Place. In 2011, Vidal returned to Chile with the intention of sharing his creative quest and of continuing to bring people from different disciplines and areas and with different life experiences together through theatrical experimentation with the body in movement. Since then, the company has had a flexible and ever-changing structure, with its members varying according to its artistic needs and the groups the director creates. The company is characterized by its collective synergy, the result of the meeting of and feedback from performers that create a collaborative dynamic. It’s an opportunity to continually and mutually learn technical, theoretical and artistic skills from a stable cast and guest experts who contribute with their specific knowledge. This is how the group creates a collective intelligence that is constantly transforming, organic and in tune with the social and cultural landscape. Among its plays, Loop.3 to inaugurate the theater at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM), Tramas coreográficas, 2012, Lo Impermanente, Rito de Primavera and Lat 33 particularly stand out.

—Jose Vidal’s pieces are collective in every sense of the word: they’re created and performed as a group and they’re open to the public at different points, either when being staged or in rehearsals. The play is the be all and end all, from its creation to its rehearsals and performance.

—His pieces are almost 100% improvised, with flexible structures called ‘behaviors’ - for example behavior 1,2, etc. - allowing the performer to behave in certain ways at different moments. You never know though what’s going to happen on stage. It’s like taking a dip in a river: the play is never the same twice over.

—You can see Vidal’s interest in anthropology and sociology (the subjects he studied) reflected in his work. As he explains to La Panera, “how much we listen to each other is a social experiment; how capable we are of being flexible and generous, making decisions, becoming a leader or giving this up. In this piece, people are instantaneously faced with these questions and decisions. It’s a tremendous and beautiful exercise in coexistence”.

Modern dance: This genre emerged as a reaction to classical ballet’s different forms and probably also from the need for a freer form of bodily expression. Although modern dance is still based on ballet and maintains some of its specific forms, another aspect is added that considers the dancer’s body differently. Broadening the range of movement, it was initially danced barefoot, with different costumes and opening up more possibilities for the use of space.

—Take a look at 13C’s video of Rito de primavera, the company’s 2013 play.

—Watch the street performance of Emergenz, a coproduction with the Kampnagel Center in Hamburg in 2019.

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