Envoltura is a journey across several scenes inspired by the idea of syncope as a body and historical movement embodied in the figure of the avant-garde dancer Antonia Mercé, La Argentina (1890-1936). On the 18th of July of 1936, La Argentina was in Donostia-San Sebastián enjoying a show of Basque dances organised in her honour by Father Donostia (Jose Gonzalo Zulaika). She passed away suddenly four hours later, after learning about Franco’s coup that would eventually lead to the Civil War. The death of La Argentina is significant because she was the first artist to be awarded an honour by the Provisional Government of the Second Spanish Republic. This decoration somehow turned her into a cultural representative, an allegory personified. Envoltura tries to understand the physical convulsion of the artist in correlation with the collective feeling, as a reflection of an interruption in the line of history. This rite is repeated at different times and in different ways, through artists such as the Japanese dancer Kazuo Ohno, who reclaimed the figure of La Argentina in his first butoh dance, created in response to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This piece is specifically created for the context of the exhibition “1930. En el pacto de San Sebastián. Historia y síncope” curated by Isabel de Naverán, within the program “Tratado de Paz” of 2016.
Cast & crew
Creation and interpretation: Idoia Zabaleta, Iñaki Azpillaga, Camila Téllez, Patricia Caballero, Pedro G. Romero and Bobote | Idea: Isabel of Naverán | Musical composition and piano performance for the scene by Iñaki Azpillaga: Luis Carmona | Rhythm and clicks in the scene by Idoia Zabaleta: Leonor Leal | Photography: Camila Téllez | Production: Moaré Danza with public funding received within the framework of the Aid for Dance Production, of the Department of Education, Linguistic Policy and Culture of the Basque Government (2016) | Assistance to residences: Azala (Lasierra, Álava), and L’animal a l’esquena (Celrá, Girona), in the context of the residency program ‘Tapete común’, supported by INAEM; Dantzagunea (Renteria), Última Vez (Brussels); Magatzen (Barcelona) | Acknowledgments: Tino Van der Sman, Paz Fernández from the Juan March Foundation, Jon Bagües from Eresbil, Tozio Mizogata from Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, José Ángel Etxebarria from the Archivo Histórico Provincial Capuchinos of Pamplona-Iruña, Museo de Bellas Artes de Álava.
December 2016, Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao).