Arts in Movement: Dance in Catalunya 1966-2012
The history of dance has an intangible quality as hard to pin down as the body that dances. This exhibition explores this fleeting history in a carefully choreographed sequence that guides us through recent decades, highlighting key figures, dance companies, and locations in the development of contemporary Catalan dance.
Film installation 'In Body Present', by Isaki Lacuesta, plays a central role in the cloister space: the bodies of seven key choreographer-dancers directly confront the viewer, representing the different lines of development and milestones achieved throughout the period in question.
Elsewhere, the body provides a fitting metaphor in articulating the development of dance, starting at the feet (the historic roots), followed by the torso (the environment that has shaped dance), the hands (an A-Z of key facts, figures and allied arts), and finally the faces (the who’s who in the history of Catalan dance). This, together with examples of costumes, shoes and other dance-related paraphernalia, makes for an interesting exhibition and a well-rounded summary of the art form here in Catalunya over the past 50 years.
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