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While all four works were produced in their usual style, it is the first work, Demo-n/Crazy, that really took our breath away. In his choreography, Rafael Bonachela, conjures up the demons of eroticism and sexuality with his brilliant duo of arrangements – men and women inventing ways of accommodating each other, using all the parts of their body to seduce and attract, whether by daring somersaults or touching “turnstile” kicking feet. Bonachela indulges in the dazzling company of physicality. His choreography functions with an implacable physical logic leaving the audience to question, through the linear trajectory of the work, the meaning of the dancers’ movements, their sudden elongations with their fighting partners.
Source : LaHabana.com
Rafael Bonachela was born in Barcelona where he began his early dance training before moving to London, and in 1992 joined the legendary Rambert Dance Company.
He remained with Rambert as a dancer and Associate Choreographer until 2006 at which time he successfully set up the Bonachela Dance Company (BDC) to concentrate on the rapid rise of his choreographic career. As a choreographer, Rafael has been commissioned to make works for Candoco, George Piper Dances, ITDANSA Danza, Contemporanea de Cuba, Transitions Dance Company and Dance Works Rotterdam amongst others.
In 2008, Rafael premiered his first full-length production « 360° » for Sydney Dance Company. Less than six months later, he was appointed Artistic Director making headlines around the dance world. His vision for the Company embraces a guiding principle that has seen the repertoire grow with the addition of commissioned dance works from Australian and visiting international guest choreographers. The premiere works are often programmed alongside Rafael’s own creations, ensuring diversity for audiences and providing much sought after opportunities for his remarkable ensemble of dancers to be exposed to the work of some of the most in-demand choreographers of our time.
Rafael Bonachela’s internationally recognised talent has seen him work not only with contemporary dance at the highest level but also with artists from popular culture, such as Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Sarah Blasko and Katie Noonan as well as leading fashion designers Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski. Such collaborative efforts reflect the inspiration he finds and utilises from culture today.
Source : Sydney Dance Company 's website
Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).
During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.
From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.
Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.
Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website
More information: fabione.fr
Choreography : Rafael Bonachela
Choreography assistance : Margarita Vilela
Interpretation : Alberto González / Ana Beatriz / Carlos Blanco / Gabriela Burdsall / Javier Aguilera / Julio J. león / Jennifer Tejeda / Jenny Nocedo / Laura Ríos / Lisbeth Saad / Lisvet Barcia / Luís E. Carricaburu / Mario S. Elías / Marta Ortega / Norge Cedeño / Raúl Reinoso / Thais Suárez / Yaday Ponce / Yasser Domínguez / Yanelis Godoy / Yosmell Calderón
Additionnal music : Razones/Bebe: Four Marys/Julia Wolfe: Ne Me Quitte Pas (version de Nina Simona)/Estrella Morente: Early That Summer/Julia Wolfe.
Lights : Manolo Garriga
Costumes : Carlos Díaz / Rafael Bonachela
Other collaborations : oeuvre commandée par DanceEast
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon