A visionary investigator of human fears, Marcos Morau returns to debut at Oriente Occidente with La Veronal, the company he founded in Valencia in 2005, comprising artists from the fields of dance, film, photography and literature. After Voronia, Los Pajaros muertos and Pasionaria - winner of the Danza&Danza Award "best contemporary show" 2018 - Sonoma is now on stage at the Zandonai Theater, the latest creation for nine performers in which he projects his universe, marked by pictorial, theatrical and cinematographic influences into the world of Surrealism.
In Sonoma, Morau follows the theme that he had developed in a previous work created for the Ballet de Lorraine in 2016, Le Surréalisme au service de la révolution, winner of another award, that of the Critics of Spanish Dance. This work was inspired by Luis Buñuel and the dreamlike world of this Spanish film-maker, as well as his critical and political thinking, his personal experience, suspended between Jesuit discipline and freedom, and his undying passion for the drum, instrument of native folklore. "Buñuel has never been so current," says Morau. "He had been able to see what the future was holding for us by discovering that visceral scream in the sound of the drums of Calanda and Aragon. He was already ahead of his times in this: he listened to the sound of the abyss that opens when human imagination is free but man is not. I am interested in the human need to feel alive, part of society, surrounded by one's desires and fears and the fact that sometimes, in order to survive, it is necessary to create a new reality”.
A dreamlike setting, therefore, a place extraneous to the laws of physics where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and reason is set aside. "Sonoma", explains again Morau, "will be a place where the scream of mankind, imprisoned by the rhythm of existence, becomes primitive. Where the return to the body, to the flesh, to matter is lost in the hour between sleep and fiction. In harmony with the most irrational layers of humanity where the united cry to disunite and the separate try to join ".
The title refers to two Greek and Latin words: soma, body, and sonum, sound, but it also recalls the Sonoma Valley in California. Commonly called by the natives Valley of the moon, it is said that in this valley our satellite the moon, nesting on the plains every night, transforms screams and environmental sounds into a hypnotic lullaby, which cradles and calms everything.
Idea and artistic direction Marcos Morau
Choreography Marcos Morau in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong, Ariadna Montfort, Núria Navarra, Àngela Boix, Laia Duran, Anna Hierro, Alba Barral
Text El Conde de Torrefiel, La Tristura and Carmina S. Belda
Répétiteurs Estela Merlos and Alba Barral
Artistic and dramaturgical advice Roberto Fratini
Vocal assistant Mònica Almirall
Technical direction and Lighting design Bernat Jansà
Stage manager, props and special effects David Pascual
Sound design Juan Cristóbal Saavedra
Voice María Pardo
Set design Bernat Jansà and David Pascual
Costumes design Silvia Delagneau
Dressmaking Mª Carmen Soriano
Millinery Nina Pawlowsky
Masks Juan Serrano – Gadget Efectos Especiales
Giant maker Martí Doy
Props Mirko Zeni
Production and logistics Cristina Goñi Adot
Production direction Juan Manuel Gil Galindo
Co-production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Tanz im August/ HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Grec 2020 Festival de Barcelona – Institut de Cultura Ajuntament de Barcelona, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Theater Freiburg, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Sadler’s Wells, Mercat de les Flors, Temporada Alta, Hessisches Staatsballett in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main
In collaboration with Graner – Fàbriques de Creació and Teatre L’Artesà
With the support of INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte de España and ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya