Choreography: José Besprosvany, with the participation of Isaies Santamaría and Gabriel David Nieto
Video: Yannick Jacquet
Musical composition & sound design: Laurent Delforge
General coordination, text, voice-over: François Prodhomme
Lighting design: Reynaldo Ramperssad
Dancers: Isaies Santamaría and Gabriel David Nieto
Assistant choreographer: Leif Federico Firnhaber
A Compagnie José Besprosvany/IDEA asbl production. In collaboration with the Theatre Varia, Brussels, and the Centre culturel de Welkenraedt. Subsidized by the Dance and Music Departments of the Ministry of the Wallonia-Brussels French Community, with additional support from the SACD, Loterie Nationale, and the Parliament of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.
Through Espejo, José Besprosvany explores the various themes and motifs in contemporary choreography and examines the power of vision and perception. The show is presented in three consecutive sections: visual, conceptual, and minimal. A continuous theme of “mirroring” runs through the three sections, acting as a symbol, a creator of images, and a motive for artistic exploration.
The first, “visual,” section explores the relationship between vision and perception, the visible and the invisible. The choreography blends lighting effects, sound, and video projection for a display that tests the audience’s perception and senses.
The second, “conceptual,” section focuses on the interplay of word and gesture, text and movement. A meditation on the history and evolution of choreography, this section contextualizes and frames this special dance of many reflections.
The “minimalist” third section explores the interrelations between dance and a musical piece. Harmony, counterpoint, phase shift, opposition: the dance may become one with the music, or it may take on a life of its own
In a partitioned traverse stage that never stops changing, the two dancers navigate their space as one with all the other interconnected elements of the show, altering and challenging the spectators’ visual reality. Their dance itself becomes a beguiling, hypnotic place of perpetual change and transformation.
Overall, this is one of José Besprosvany’s most successful choreographic creations, a kind of self-portrait realized through two multiplied bodies—playful, aesthetic, and sensual all at the same time.
– Christian Jade, RTBF-Culture, December 11, 2015
The tragedy as well as the richness of man is that the Other, while being a mirror image of himself, is also his complete opposite.
– Guy Duplat, La Libre Belgique, December 11, 2015
Through his creation, with its clear layout and very convincing performers, José Besprosvany reasserts his elegance and his meaningful approach to his work.
– Nicolas Naizy, Metro, December 11, 2015
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