The violence of the world, the uneasiness and the constant struggle for survival, for a refuge from adversity, become here a lofty and sublime aesthetic experience. A critical and committed reflection on cruelty and barbarism in contemporary society.
Pharsalia', an anti-war song to dance as a weapon of liberation and saving energy.
"Make us, if you will, enemies of all nations, but keep civil war away from us..... So miserable is it to emerge victorious from a civil war! The Cordovan Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (39-65 AD), Seneca's grandson, wrote this sentence in the only work by him that has survived to the present day, the 'Pharsalia' or 'Bellum Civile', an unfinished epic poem in ten cantos about the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey Magnus which, because of its complex vitality, has generated multiple criticisms, meanings and interpretations throughout history. But its relevance today exudes a clear message of invocation of freedom and rejection of tyranny. In its story, only resistance is heroic, and its lament proclaims a grievance that reaches a universal character.
But how does a play from more than twenty centuries ago resonate with the contemporary stage? Can beauty be found in the chaos of war?
Taking Lucan's 'Pharsalia' as a starting point, this choreographic work explores the concept of war from an allegorical approach, placing the body at the service of everyday concepts such as conflict, crisis, resistance, tension or evasion. But human beings are not satisfied with their state of war, and it is here that the vestiges of beauty, of our hope, appear on the scene.
Unfortunately, there are currently more than ten active war conflicts around the world. War has been with us since the beginning of civilisations, it is in human nature to desire and ambition, which leads to collective insecurity and struggle. It is a brutal and dangerous process, but it is part of our species. Civil, computer, biological, nuclear, global, world, holy, border, psychological, family, internal, with oneself, in the end, wars, and at any moment we feel that they can break out, turning us into warriors or victims.
With a forceful scenic and costume proposal and an original musical creation that travels between the epic and the electronic, 11 performers move through choreographies charged with violence, subtlety and theatricality, throwing themselves, with all their physicality, into a feast of combat. Bodies at war that evoke landscapes of strange yet captivating beauty.
Direction and choreography
Dance & choreographic collaboration
Anna B. Andresen, Elias Bäckebjörk, Joan Ferre, Carmen Fumero, Jose Alarcón, Manuel Martín, Lucia Montes, Alicia Narejos, Selam Ortega, Isabela Rossi, David Vilarinyo
Set and costume design
Olga García - AAI
Paola Villegas, Gabriel Blanco - SPECTARE
Esther Fiol, Rocío Pozuelo
Production of costumes and atrezzo
Maribel Rodríguez, María Calderón
Collaboration in set construction
Photo work in progress
Promotional video production
David González Bermejo - 2Visual
Valeria Cosi - TINA Agency
A co-production of
Teatros del Canal y Museo Universidad de Navarra
With the support of
Gran Teatro de Córdoba, Teatro Central de Sevilla y MapasFest
With the collaboration of
Teatro Municipal de Coslada
Centro Cultural Sanchinarro