SAO PAULO DANCE COMPANY
|LIGHT||NICOLÁS FISCHTEL AND GOYO MONTERO|
|COSTUMES||FÁBIO NAMATAME AND GOYO MONTERO|
|WORLD PREMIERE||OCTOBER 2019, SAO PAULO|
|LENGTH OF THE PERFORMANCE||25 MIN|
|ON STAGE||14 DANCERS|
Anthem is the first creation of the Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero for a Brazilian company. The work brings a reflection about the process of construction and deconstruction of collective identities. To Goyo: “There are cycles in life and we always repeat the same mistakes, thinking that we are separated, that we are different when, actually, every human being is one and at the moment we lose this unity, the problems begin. This is a trace of the human history”.
The music is created by Owen Belton, with whom Goyo has created more than nine pieces. The inspiration of the song comes from songs that become hymns - whether from nations, people with similar preferences or individuals from the same generation. Therefore, the name chosen for the work: Anthem. For Montero, "The human voice becomes a song and this song becomes something we identify with."
A beginning, something that is born and takes shape from breath, the beginning of singing.
The organism's voice becomes into two that begin to dialogue each other, to communicate.
The voice, the singing of a crowd as an ironic metaphor to the illusion of belonging, of possessing something unique, the unreality of thinking that something is "ours" rather than everyone's.
From the weakened crowd, arise a woman who does not want her son to belong to any ideology, but to be born pure and free of influence.
The child is born with a yell that becomes a legion and will lead to confrontation between those in power and those who have nothing to lose.
In another dimension, more energetic than the real, the two poles are eternally facing each other, the beautiful and the horrible in human begin, in an endless cycle of destruction and birth.
Goyo Montero: He is a dancer, ballet director and Spanish choreographer. After a successful career as a dancer - in which he has dedicated himself since he was nine years old - he decided to continue as a choreographer. In 2008/2009 he was director and principal choreographer of Nuremberg Ballet, where he created and reassembled more than fifteen works. He has also created for other renowned companies such as Les Ballets de Monte Carlos, Ballet de Zurich and Ballet de Sodre. Since 2019 he is a resident choreographer of Acosta Danza, has been awarded as the best director from Dance Europe magazine. With his choreographies, he has participated in various festivals around the world and received important awards throughout his career, such as National Dance Award by the Spanish Ministry of Culture (2012), Choreographer of the Year by Dance for You; Best Choreographer by Danza & Danza, among others.