Photo: Francisca Burgos
The Dance Program starts in 2015 in collaboration with the dance festival Sismògraf as a new research line dedicated to the body and space shared by the three courses as a point of intersection.
Directors of the Dance Program
Pep Ramis and María Muñoz
Pep Ramis (Manacor, 1962) studies violoncello, puppets and voice techniques. He is a stage director, dancer-actor, co-director of the company Mal Pelo and co-director of L’animal a l’esquena. From 1987 to 1988 he participated as an interpreter in the show Scirocco by Adriana Borriello, Italy. Within the creation group Mal Pelo he develops his facet as a set designer and installation spaces.
María Muñoz (Valencia, 1963) studies music, dance and practices competitive athletics, with training in Amsterdam and Barcelona. She is a choreographer, dancer and co-director of the company Mal Pelo and co-director of L’animal a l’esquena. In 1982 she has her first professional experience with the Japanese company resident in Holland Shusaku & Dormu Dance Theater in the show Era. The training with Maria Antònia Oliver of the group La Dux in 1985 marks the beginning of her own career in stage creation. Within the group, she develops a facet of researcher and pedagogue of the movement. It also edits and stimulates the creation of texts for the scene.
Pep Ramis and María Muñoz collaborated in 1988 in the creation of the solo Cuarto Trastero and in 1989 formed the creation group Mal Pelo.
Mal Pelo y L’animal a l’esquena
Since 1989 Mal Pelo has presented, among others, the pieces Quarere (1989), Sur, Perros del Sur (South, Dogs of the South, 1992), Dol (Grief, 1994), La Calle del Imaginero (The Street of the Imagineer,1996), Orache (1998), El Alma del Bicho (The Bug’s Soul,1999), L’animal a l’esquena (The Animal on our Back, 2001), Atrás los ojos (Behind the Eyes, 2002), An (el silenci) (An, Silence, 2003), Bach (2004), Atlas (2005), Testimoni de llops (Testimony of Wolves, 2006), He visto caballos (I’ve Seen Horses, 2008), Todos los nombres (All The Names, 2010), Caín & Caín (Cain & Cain, 2011), La esperanza de vida de una liebre (Life Expectancy of a Hare, 2013), The Fifth Winter (2015), 7 Lunas (7 Moons, 2015) and The Mountain, the Truth and the Paradise (2017). In 2001 Pep Ramis and María Muñoz set up L’animal a l’esquena, a centre for creation and interdisciplinary exchange in a farm house on 19 hectares of land in Celrà (Gerona). This refuge encouraged experimentation and the exchange of ideas and experiences between stage directors, musicians, video artists, theorists and dancers, taking part in residencies, workshops and laboratories. Mal Pelo is company in residence at L’animal a l’esquena since 2000. Mal Pelo has received, among others, the Premi Nacional de Dansa in 2002 awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the National Dance Prize in 2009 in the creation category, the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2017 de danza and the Premio de la Crítica Barcelona 2018.
Àngels Margarit (Tarrasa, 1960) starts in 1985 the path of her company Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES and the creation of her own projects that develop in different fields and formats that include creations for the scenic space, site specifics, improvisation, video dance, installations and new media research. Her works have enjoyed a good international projection and have been co-produced by and presented at festivals and programs worldwide. In the field of education, she has developed training programs and given courses and workshops in Spain, Europe and America. From the very beginning she has developed a highly personal style of creation becoming one of the referents in dance in our country. She has collaborated with numerous artists and propelled different projects around creation, pedagogy and promotion of dance. Throughout her career, she has received numerous and prestigious national and international awards including the Grand Prix du Concours Chorégraphique de Bagnolet for Kolbebasar (France, 1988), the Premi Nacional de Dansa de Catalunya por Mudances (1986), Atzavara (1991) and Tèrbola (1999) or the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona d’Arts Escèniques for Corol·la (1993), among others. In 2010, she has been awarded with the Premio Nacional de Danza of the Spanish Culture Ministry. In September 2013, she has been awarded by the Swiss Dance Awards for From B to B, a collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Thomas Hauert. Her last creation Capricis received the Butaca Award 2014 for the best dance performance. In December 2016 Margarit has assumed the artistic direction of Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important dance houses.
The Dance Festival Sismògraf was born in 2009 with the will of grouping in a cycle the dance proposals already included in the cultural program of the City of Olot. It started thanks to the impulse of the European project Cities 3.0, counting with two fundamental factors: an important portfolio of professional and amateur dancers and choreographers and a public receptive towards dance.
The festival is held in Spring with a program in the Main Theater of Olot and in the streets, parks and squares of the city, complemented by parallel activities to bring dance closer to the citizens.
In six years, it has become one of the strategic festivals for performing arts of the Generalitat of Catalonia, like Trapezi of Reus, Fira Tàrrega or La Mostra d’Igualada. With a twofold purpose, it seeks to provide a space where professionals and creators can meet and promote dance in the cultural offer of municipalities and, at the same time, offer to the public spectacles of dance of all types and formats.
Photo: Philipp Schürmann
Site Specific Exercises
The dancer and choreographer Àngels Margarit explored in the Summer Workshop 2016 during a day the landscape of La Moixina, one of the themes studied in the Workshop of Architecture and Landscape, performing at the end of the day a personal interpretation of the landscape of the wetlands of La Moixina in a choreography entitled “Moixina Geografies” in a performance open to the public general.
With other workshops, she proposed a series of exercises to raise awareness of the body in space and sharpen the perception of motion and the scale of the body in relation to the body of the other in a specific time and space.