RETRATOS ERRANTES (errant portaits) is the current creation of Group LaBolsa, which will premiere at Mercat de les flors in Barcelona in February 2021.
The act of portraying, as we know it from painting, photography, sculpture or audiovisual arts, sets an intimate frame for the individual and reveals their uniqueness. At the same time the portrait reveals the portraitist, their own interest, attention, obsessions and desire to exist within their work or through it. What do they hide? What do they allow to emerge?
With RETRATOS ERRANTES, the collective Group LaBolsa proposes a journey on the idea of a scenic portrait, which reflects on the sensitive human condition, the fragility of the individual within the collective and the need to belong to something beyond the individual.
After their first collective creation The Measure of Disorder in collaboration with the Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert, Group LaBolsa found their natural next step already in 2016, when they refocused their exchange towards the development of a score based improvisation method, which serves real time creation on stage. Their inspiration for this decision lies in their own trajectories as dance makers, who focus on live composition as their main drive and also in the wish to further explore the methods of some of the artists, who have influenced them, such as Mal Pelo, Thomas Hauert, Lisa Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Deborah Hey, Joao Fiadeiro, etc. RETRATOS ERRANTES is the vessel, which holds this process and approaches the audience within different frames of exhibition of the work.
Idea, artistic direction : Group LaBolsa
Live creation : Natalia Jiménez, Mireia de Querol, Xavi Moreno, Federica Porello, Iris Heitzinger, Anna Rubirola, Cecilia Colacrai and Joana Serra.
Sound design: Federica Porello / Group LaBolsa
Light design : Joana Serra
Production: Rita Stivala
Scenography, costumes : Group LaBolsa
Outside eye: Company Mal Pelo
Video: Tristán Pérez-Martín
Photography : Tristán Pérez-Martín (apart from cover picture above by Benjamin Sommabere)
With the support of : Verein kunstHupferei/Salzburg, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, l’animal a l’esquena, Cia. Mal Pelo, La Caldera Barcelona, La Visiva Barcelona
Thanks to: María Muñoz, Pep Ramis and Marine Budin.