Sessió 5 Javier Vaquero

April 24

METTE EDVARSEN / JAVIER VAQUERO Session 5 IRREGULAR SECTION: ‘black’ / ‘Danzas Primitivas (The Show)’

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METTE EDVARSEN presents Black

Time: 20:30
Length: 25 minutes

Black is a piece about making things become visible. The space is empty. There’s nothing there. Through spoken words and movements in space, the world becomes visible, with the artist as the mediator between the audience and what there is. It is a play on time and space where only the body is physically present, carrying out actions, handling invisible objects and constantly trying to link up the invincible space between thought and experience, between here and there.


Mette Edvardsen’s work lies in the field of performing arts but also explores other formats such as video, books and writing. For several years she performed with Les Ballets C. de la B., both with Hans van den Broeck (1996-2000) and Christine de Smedt (2000-2005). She has also danced in pieces with Thomas Hauert/ZOO (BE), Bock & Vincenzi (UK), Mårten Spångberg (SE), Lynda Gaudreau (CAN) and deepblue (NL/BE), among others. Her own pieces include Private Collection (2002), Time Will Show (Detail) (2004), Opening (2005/ 2006), The Way/ You Move (installation, 2006), and also Nobody Will Know (2007), Every Now And Then (2009), Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine (2010), Black (2011), and the video works Stills (2002), Coffee (2006), Cigarette (2008) and Faits divers (2008).

Information about the show

Creation and performance Mette Edvardsen
Production Helga Duchamps (duchamps vzw) and Mette Edvardsen (Athome)
Co-produced by Black Box Teater (Oslo), Work Space (Brussels)
In collaboration with Kaaitheater (Brussels), Vooruit (Gent), Netwerk (Aalst)
With the support of Norsk Kulturråd, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

JAVIER VAQUERO presents Danzas primitivas (The Show)

Time: 21:00
Length: 45 minutes

Javier Vaquero (© Jordi Surribas)

“Javier has asked us to write a text about Danzas primitivas; we’re really fond of him and that’s why he asked us; sentences came out like “Javi does it very well”, “he’s a fine and wonderful person”, “ Javi, we’re on your side”; all this counts; appreciative dialogues; we can write something together; it would have to be a poem; with rhyming consonants; consonant rhyme is innocent; that’s why it’s so terrific; it would have to have a reggaeton rhythm; it would have to be pithy; say things without saying a lot; say something different from what’s being said; with a powerful body; very sweaty; very prolonged; protracted; for example:

You leave the schools with a thick head; Narcís, you’re dead beat; you don’t want any more of the library; even your wrist is stuck; your cultural school has told you too much; you can’t stop sweating, you look worried, it’s not dancing that makes you sweat, it’s your head that’s sweating; you don’t know whether to move about or write the piece; (… the refrain is missing … or something); Mum, I only wanted to be… a ballerina; with my tracksuit, my yoghurt and my tangerine; those who don’t know what they’ve got themselves into, well, they can imagine it; the important thing is that they see as much of you as Pina; are we running out of ideas? I need some vitamins; so that I can lose my respect for Spamberg; when he influences me; you’re not even 30 years old and you want to retire; though you always shine in the conferences; your physio-emotional body’s about to cry, some day you’ll have to leave it behind and then it won’t be able to stop.

C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon; Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake; C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon; Out, out, out, out, out, out, out; Sweat, sweat, sweat, sweat, sweat, sweat, sweat.

It’s turned out well; I danced and sang while I read it, I think Javi will like it; the blue of his eyes will twinkle: he’ll laugh and the tips of his moustache will turn deftly upwards; he’ll puff out his hairy chest; what a great guy; I say goodbye; affectionately.”

Nacer Jubiladas (Vanesa Medina and Itxaso Corral)


Javier Vaquero (Toledo, 1984) began his dance and theatre studies at schools in Madrid and Andalusia and at the Miguel Hernández University in Altea. In 2003 he moved to Rotterdam to take a degree in contemporary dance, imparted by CODARTS. Since then he has mostly worked in Holland, with artists who include Nicole Beutler, Conny Janssen Danst, Ann van der Broek, Marta Reig Torres, Dylan Newcomb and Arno Schuitemarker, and outside Holland with Hofesh Shechter, Bea Fernández and Aimar Pérez Galí, among others.

His artistic work is currently focussed on creating his own pieces, which include projects such as Declarando amor and Danzas primitivas. He is also an associate artist at La Poderosa (Barcelona).

Information about the show

Conceptualisation and translation Javier Vaquero
Artistic accompaniment Carme Torrent and a countless number of people with their own work who accompanied and supported me throughout the process.
Produced by Mi otro trabajo
With the aid of La Porta Bcn, La Poderosa, Espacio Práctico and AREA



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