Cuenca / Lauro

  • (zero)(2015)

    direction Elisabetta Lauro
    by/with Elisabetta Lauro, César Augusto Cuenca Torres
    creation/assistance Gennaro Lauro
    production Fondazione Musica per Roma e Cuenca/Lauro
    co-production Associazione Sosta Palmizi, Associazione Invito alla Danza, Festival Oriente Occidente
    supported by Premio Outlet A.C.S. Abruzzo Circuito Spettacolo and Permutazioni/Zerogrammi, selected for Lista Anticorpi XL 2014-15
    Project awarded with the Premio Equilibrio 2015
    debut 2016

    Zero is the point midway between the negative and the positive, between what came first and what will come after. It is the “hic et nunc”, the here and now, the finite and inevitable human condition, unveiled in all its vulnerability. (zero) is the present as the ultimate and unreachable truth. It is pure presence, it can not be expressed and unlike the past and the future, it cannot be narrated or planned.

    And yet oscillating between memory and immagination, we keep on searching for and simulating an apparent stability. Each of us, in his own way and in his own daily reality, holds onto structures and definitions in order to anchor our being in this world and to avoid confronting the precarious nature of our present. But we all know and recognize, in our own particular ego, that we are actually walking on unstable ground and we can perceive, if careful, a subtle and constant inner movement, like unquiet waters. This movement accompanies us in an intimate and hidden manner but sometimes becomes so intense that it is no longer possible to ignore it. Then our existence, so well-defined, whether by choice or by conditioning, changes suddenly its direction and we are forced to let go, to abandon ourselves to the storm of zero. There are no longer programs and projects, no structures we can grasp. The ground beneath our feet tremble, we are at the mercy of the next gust of wind or the next passing wave. We are losing the idea of a permanent center of gravity and we start circling in orbit, one round the other, with nothing to aim for. The vortex of zero has annulled any certainty and demolished our structures as a hurricane destroys houses, and we find ourselves upside down, distant and alone, an inch from the ground, with our centre too high and with less and less weight. Everything we are is now at play. Our perishable nature is revealed for what it truly is and, abandoned every certainty, we are left uprooted and exposed, strangers to ourselves and the world we inhabit. The ego is now returned to life itself in its uninterrupted and ineffable flow.

     

     

    Cuenca/Lauro - (zero)

  • (zero) work in progress (2014)

    a dance work by Elisabetta Lauro
    direction  Elisabetta Lauro
    creation/performance Elisabetta Lauro, César Augusto Cuenca Torres
    creation/assistance Gennaro Lauro
    production Cuenca/Lauro Artisti Associati Sosta Palmizi
    co-production Associazione Sosta Palmizi, Associazione Invito alla Danza and Festival Oriente Occidente
    supported by Gruppo Danza Forlimpopoli A.S.D, Premio Outlet A.C.S. Abruzzo Circuito Spettacolo e di Permutazioni/Zerogrammi. Selected for the Anticorpi XL 2014-15 List
    length 20′

     

    We let things go and then we let ourselves go. We kept on circling in orbit, one round the other, with nothing to aim for. We found ourselves upside down, distant and alone, an inch from the ground, with our centre too high and with less and less weight. Everything we are is at play. The vortex of zero annulled any certainty and demolished our structures as a hurricane destroys houses, and it left us like this, uprooted and exposed, strangers to ourselves and the world we inhabit. Now we keep on trying, in search of a reference point that probably does not even exist, and we are not allowed to stop. But actually roots themselves are not still, never fixed: they dig, unearth, emerge, plunge down again, overwhelm. They search with no regret. And the tree itself, that believes it grows straight towards the sky, has its real life underground in a crazy weft of directions. There is its destiny and it is probably in this movement that the essence of every being becomes real. At the zero point, where everything is ephemeral and evanescent, real life, which is shapeless, takes place. (E.L)

    (zero) work in progress

     

Cuenca/Lauro

Cuenca/Lauro is the artistic collaboration between the two Berlin-based dancers and choreographers César Augusto Cuenca Torres and Elisabetta Lauro. They receive a Diploma in Performing Arts at the Folkwang University of Arts and finish a biennial master, majoring in interpretation . They work with the taiwanese director Wu Kuo-Chu for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and the Wuppertal Schauspielhaus and are guests in „ Le Sacre du Printemps“ of Pina Bausch. In 2004 they become stable members of the State Theatre of Kassel, directed first by the taiwanese choreographer Wu Kuo-Chu and then by the Berlin choreographer Johannes Wieland. They create work and perform among others with Malou Airaudo, Vivienne Newport, Manuel Quero, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, Rootlessroot and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Back to the freelance dance scene in 2011 they focus on their own productions. An excerpt of their first piece “Hay un no sé que no sé donde” wins the Special Mention of the Jury and the Audience Prize at the Masdanza Choreographic Contest 2013, is selected for the italian network Anticorpi XL ’12 and is invited to various international festivals, among others Ammutinamenti Festival of Ravenna, Plataforma Berlin, Salzburger Performance Tage, Interplay Festival, Invito di Sosta, PRISMA Panamá and the Masdanza Extensions Canary Islands. In 2012 they take part to the European Project Intramoenia Extra Art / Watershed and contribute, during a week of residency at Troubleyn in Antwerpen, to the making of the video “L’ Histoire des Larmes”, freely inspired by “L´Histoire des Larmes” of Jan Fabre. They have been collaborating also with the Berlin-based choreographer Leyla Postalcioglu, the italian dance company Menhir and the taiwanese Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Their new creation (zero) work in progress is finalist at the italian award Outlet 2014, is selected for the Anticorpi XL Network ’14 and part of the project Permutazioni/Zerogrammi. The project has been awarded with the production prize Premio Equilibrio Roma 2015. Cuenca/Lauro are associated artists Sosta Palmizi.

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