WITH YOUR PERMISSION
Mercedes Ruiz asks for your permission to dance. Or rather, she humbly demands your attention: she wants you to see her, to feel her dance.
Mercedes has spent nearly all her – short – life so far dancing on stage: ever since the age of seven, when she was cast as a cabin boy for the Company of Manuel Morao and Gitanos de Jerez, performing in New York. Through her veins run fervent red blood cells of compás and wise platelets that know when and how to stop: Mercedes breathes flamenco, she feels through flamenco. Feel: this is the verb she uses to describe her experience during the long process of creation of a new show, and it’s how she relates to each performance: she feels it or she doesn’t feel it, she felt the flamenco singer or not; she felt that her own performance was great or terrible. In her sense of feel lies a whole world of infinite nuances: a world belonging to a sensitive and hidden soul that has made dance its particular form of expression.
Perhaps it is because of this – her understanding of flamenco as a language of life, of spirituality – that a few years ago, she undertook an introspective journey, a journey of reflection, of awareness of herself and her dance, a process that helped her to fuse technical aspects and an emotional, sentimental language together, in an everlasting and unbreakable communion.
And although Déjame que te baile (Let Me Dance For You) is a step further in this direction; it is also a very different show from her previous two ‘big’ projects: because while Perspectivas was a hymn to light and to life (written after she became a mother), and Ella was a response to personal anxieties and dark foreboding, Déjame que te baile focuses on the need Mercedes feels to reinterpret her dance, to once again conceive flamenco styles – something both possible and necessary in flamenco – in the light of her current dance poetics.
To inspire her new form of dance, Mercedes looks to some of the most fruitful and vibrant eras of flamenco: the first third of the twentieth century and the new Silver Age: the 60s to the 80s. Her influences include Pepa Oro, Chacón, Vallejo, Pastora, Sernita or Isabelita de Jerez, to name just a few; but also Ramón Montoya, Sabicas and Paco Cepero (who makes a very special collaboration in the show).
For this reappraisal of her dance, Mercedes needs dialogue with the cantaores and musical sensibilities that give her the impetus to feel, to create: something that the guest artists (David Palomar, Jesús Méndez, Santiago Lara) bring in abundance: with their ancient wisdom, and their modern styles.
Mercedes Ruiz wants to dance for you all: feel with you all.
With your permission, of course.
Artistic and Technical Crew:
Artistic Director and Choreographer
Script and Stage Director
Jesús Ruiz – Costume Design
Fernando Ligero y Fátima Canca – Costume Creation
Paco Lobato – Photography
Pedro Serrano – Lighting
José Amosa – Sound
Produced by Compañía Mercedes Ruiz
Distribution by Endirecto FT S.L.
In collaboration with INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura – Gobierno de España: