Choreography: Guilherme Botelho
Assistant: Fabio Bergamaschi
Performers: Erik Lobelius, Victoria Hoyland, Claire-Marie Ricarte, Amaury Réot, Linn Ragnarsson, Fabio Bergamaschi, Carl Staaf, Raquel Miro, Sarah Waelchi, Johanna Willig-Rosenstein, Luisa Schöfer, Alexandre Bibia
Lights: Jean-Philippe Roy
Technical manager: Alex Kurth
Production: Cie Alias
Coproduction: Théâtre Forum Meyrin, Théâtre du Crochetan
Duration: 60 min.
Support: Alias is granted a joint subsidy by the City of Meyrin, the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Culture.
Alias is a dance company associated to the Theater Forum Meyrin (Geneva) and the Theater Crochetan (Valais).
In 2010, International dance festival AURA 20 presented dance performance “Sideways rain” – the third part of Guilherme Botelho’s trilogy “Distância”.
A science-fiction choreography about the nature of man before his socialization. / Guilherme Botelho
Antes is a fairytale of a breath. / Alexandre Demidoff, “Le Temps”
With Antes, Guilherme Botelho completes his “Distância” trilogy, a reflection on the history of humanity, as well as on individual and collective destinies. Pushing anatomy to the point of abstraction, we are made aware that we rarely look at a body in such a manner, and that the trade of the choreographer lies precisely therein: revealing the unfamiliar behind the well-known, presenting the envelope of flesh as a territory, nudity as an experience, and unveiling the possibility of knowledge.
What came before us? At the dawn of our species, before human beings got entangled in the web of social evolution, what was man? What was woman? What animated them? What emotions governed their lives? Antes (Portuguese for before) explores the answers to the question: What underlies our animal nature? In it, Guilherme Botelho explores the sources and boundaries of our humanity.
The choreography resembles a landscape: naked bodies, overloaded with energy, potency and life. A conglomerate of atoms, a pile of joints and ligaments, muscles and flesh, a forest of homo sapiens, with their feet rooted in the ground. They share a common, organic trait, yet they are isolated and evolve each in their own private vital space.
They are naked, not for the sake of provocation, but because nudity reflects who we really are.
The keynote in Botelho’s choreographic grammar is intimacy; he engraves in us the picture of a landscape in perpetual movement, where each body is part of a greater whole, a natural element in a constantly moving environment.
His dancers are wind, water, life. Although their bodies never touch each other, they form an entity. The performance is a plea of sorts, the type of show that mocks one’s mind and heart, and which in certain ways acts like the wheels of an alarm clock wound up every morning.
Alias is an independent contemporary dance company founded in 1994 by the Brazilian choreographer and dancer Guilherme Botelho.
The company’s creativity extends far beyond the theatrical stage, to reach different audiences. It develops movement as if it were a language able to express undefined and unconscious feelings through one’s own inner animation and to transform it into an instrument that conveys the play’s meaning.
The body transmutes into a state of «physicality», de-centralises one’s awareness of it by provoking it, taking it by surprise: to seek gracefulness that will speak. Alias has produced over 20 creative pieces that have enjoyed international success, as confirmed by some 400 performances in numerous European, African, Asian and American countries.
GUILHERME BOTELHO, CHOREOGRAPHY
Brazilian born, Swiss choreographer, Guilherme Botelho started his dance career in Sao Paulo. He was later hired by the Grand Théātre ballet in Geneva and spent ten years with them until he created his own company, Alias, in 1994. A keen observer of the paradoxes in our daily lives, the tensions that dwell in social relations and the questions that currently face the world, Botelho queries, through his creations, the reality of our existence and explores the major themes in the human condition. His shows seem to sound out the greatest depths in the human soul.
JEAN - PHILIPPE ROY, LIGHTS
Swiss lighting designer, Jean-Philippe Roy started his career at the Théātre de Carouge, Geneva, in 1977. A freelancer since 1981, he often works with the same teams of directors and decorators for theatre, opera and dance. He regularly designed lighting for operas directed by Franēois Rochaix and staged by Jean-Claude Maret, as well as for director Claude Stratz and decorator Ezio Toffolutti. He worked for the Vertical Dance Company of choreographer Noemi Lapzeson and collaborates regularly with the Théātre du Loup, the Théātre Am Stram Gram, the Théātre de Poche, and numerous independent companies in Geneva and Western Switzerland.
Murcof is a project begun in early 2001 by its sole member, Fernando Corona, in Tijuana, Mexico. The project aims at experimenting with electronic and classical music in their minimal expressions, combining digital precision with acoustic warmth and searching for harmony and complementarity between them in a way that reflects the digital manner in which man interacts with the world, his neighbors and himself. It seeks to remind us that, notwithstanding our objectives, the final user will always be human, and it always approaches technology as an instrument of expression rather than as an end in itself.
Official website: www.alias-cie.com