HORACIO MACUACUA (ES/MOZ)
The Mozambican dancer and choreographer is the artistic director of the dance company which bears his name. Horacio Macuacua develops projects that aim to go beyond established forms. Flexibility of mind and availability to catch the moment translate movement instantly into compositions that are complex and elaborated, displaying depth and playfulness, darkness and light. Each composition is a journey to reinvent and transform within the parameters of meaning. He has carried out his projects: COMUM, Canais, Orobroy, Stop! (1st Prize and Puma Creative Prize at Danse l’Afrique Danse Festival 2010), Smile If You Can!, Fighting room, Convoy, Paradise is not in the sky! and Theka. Horacio has collaborated with choreographers Cristina Moura, Thomas Hauert, George Khumalo, Wim Vandekeybus/Última Vez … and David Zambrano, considering him his maestro and mentor. As a teacher he has given classes and workshops in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Cyprus, USA, South Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, etc….
FLYING LOW – TECHNICAL CLASS (Week 41)
This work focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor. The class consists in partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion. Simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently maintaining a centered state. The focus on the skeletal structure helps to improve the dancers’ physical perception and alertness. The technique was developed by David Zambrano, with whom Horacio has been working for more than 19 years. They continue to develop it and to exchange on all levels of dance work.
Sparkling Imagination – Improvisation class (Week 42)
“The inflexibility of the established paralyzes the movement, dims the ingenuity, casts a shadow over surprise. But life force makes us adaptable, it gives us the opportunity to transform space and to translate energy into matter, matter into its own evolution. The outline of the spontaneous is blurred to disappear, the margins of the predictable are softened and we know the interrogation point that questions the automatic response. The body allows us to transcend.” Horacio proposes a highly physical work that demands attention, interest and intensity rather than a certain technique level, challenging the potentiality of each dancer to push the limits of body imagination and expression further to discover new and surprising possibilities. The workshop evolves with what the group offers, as the ability to create and compose physically need training and attention as well as technique or style. Through the group process the participants learn from each other through acceptance and transformation, collaboration and observation of their own dance and of the whole group. Let’s dive into the work, get the engines started and let the imagination flow! Let’s dance!