Based in Spain since 2010, the Brazilian Poliana Lima has been building a consistent and increasingly visible path as a teacher, dancer and choreographer. Awarded in the Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid with Atávico, a work focused on the memory of corporal violence against the background of the Brazilian military dictatorship, Poliana Lima will be present at the DDD 2021 with Las cosas se mueven pero no dicen nada, a choreographic piece for 10 immobile dancers from the waist down. The show will premiere this weekend at Teatros del Canal in Madrid.
In 2016, Las cosas se mueven pero no dicen nada had a first shorter version based on a very precise spatial concept: the dancers wouldleave their position. Poliana Lima tells us: "Little by little, it was drawn that the torso, arms and heads would be the places where the choreographic gesture would be supported. As it was a short play with a largecast, it was performed only a few times and at one of those times the sound that the dancers produced with their movement caught my attention".
Now, back to this work for a new version of about 70 minutes, the choreographer intends to broaden the relationship with the sound produced by the body when exposed to movement and repetition: "The play is anchored inmatter. How does flesh sound and how does breathing change? From these elements, together with repetition and insistence on the same place, a new landscape began to take shape. I feel that the play has evolved from something moreformal, from an idea imposed on the body, to rely totally on the body. And this has broadened the spectrum of possible readings".
Las cosas se mueven pero no dicen nada also addresses the relationship between identity and difference, calling for an all-female cast. Part of it was selected at an audition for dancers from the metropolitan area of Porto organised by the Teatro Municipal do Porto in November 2019. "At some point I had to replace a dancer who was dancing in the first version ofthe play and chose a woman. Seeing such a complete and diverse female cast - because they are all so different from one another - I realised that choosing a 100% female cast would subsequently take on political connotations. I felt that the work became more forceful this way, even if it lost abstraction. To see ten women moving without ever moving their legs is almost like seeing them exposed to the weather and this delineates a very concrete reading area".
The title of the play may, according to Poliana Lima, sound "little committed, pessimistic or even banal: to say that things move but say nothing... My initial perspective was precisely the opposite. Everything is in constant motion, each thing has its presence and vibration and, in the longterm, is empty of speech. Everything simply moves. To be able to contemplate this and feel the impact of what is alive seems wonderful and mysterious to me. I feel that this was my real restlessness, undoubtedly the most abstract,perhaps the most visceral and probably the most irrational" concludes about the play to be discovered, in 2021, in the Auditório Municipal de Gaia.
15 APR — 02 MAY 2021