30th September 2016
Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Lope de Vega Theatre
Best Show – Bienal de Sevilla 2016
Best Female Dancer (nominated) and Best Costume Design (nominated) – Max Awards 2017
In this show my dance has transformed in a very natural way. Catedral is the professional and personal liberation that I have needed to be able to break the rules of flamenco and create my own language
The story takes place in a phantasmagorical world, in a place that feels somehow dismantled… God and the halo of light… In this world, where blank space triumphs over walls, inside churches, light will build the sacred space where the woman, a lost character, comes face-to-face with the overwhelming, sickening aspects of her beliefs.
The sound of the bells breaks the darkness of silence. A dim, diffuse light that’s transfigured, transforming the space into the something unreal, something symbolic. Colour bursts in, then the voice too, weaving itself through the rhythm, reminding us of the soul’s flight over endless space, ever searching.
And out of the mist, a figure emerges: light and shadow. The figure leans its weight
upon the voice, the song, and now it reverberates, moves, comes back, grows and merges with dreams through that ritual.
Religious voices of castrated men or invisible infants, feverish routes through the territories of mysticism and heterodoxy. Twin figures, of women who metamorphose, teasing a character out of the darkness, a character that comes into focus through the tension between the world of illusion and dreams, facing an ancestral morality that paralyses her.
The character, now battling her shadows, tears its own words apart.
It’s a beat and a dance without context, voice and percussion, joyful music. And above it all, nourishing the whole spectacle, floats the story, a reflection on the mystical, an external, superior character whose essence is sometimes divine, sometimes diabolical, living its story as a lament, in threat, in fear.
It is transition, transformation, loss, madness. It is the attempt to defeat destiny.
Catedral is an initiation ritual where the devoted observer comes to a stop, falls into silence, and prepares their heart for the sacred liturgy of dance, for the dialogue with the world of creation. It is the connection of our outer space, the profane, with our inner sanctity.
It is the dance that, as an architect in itself, organizes a structure that allows it, through technical expertise, to be transfigured, to melt away the very building the spectator sits in, and achieve acute sensations of elevation and lightness of being.
Juan Dolores Caballero
Artistic and Technical Crew:
Principal dancer – Patricia Guerrero
Dancers: Maise Márquez – Ana Agraz – Laura Santamaría
Tenor – Diego Pérez
Counter-tenor – Daniel Pérez
Vocals – José Ángel Carmona
Guitar – Juan Requena
Percussion – Agustín Diassera y David “Chupete”
Stage Direction – Juan Dolores Caballero
Choreography – Patricia Guerrero
Musical Composition – Juan Requena – Agustín Diassera
Lighting Design – Manuel Madueño
Graphic Design – Álvaro Escriche
Costume Creation – Laura Capote
Photography – Monty –
Archivo Bienal. Fotógrafo Óscar Romero (Premiere)
Technical Direction / Lighting – Ada Bonadei
Sound – Rafael Pipió / Ángel Olalla
Distribution / Booking – Pablo Leira Doce
Production Assistant – José Manuel Navarro
Production Director – Guiomar Fernández Troncoso
“Catedral” is produced by Compañía Patricia Guerrero and Endirecto FT S.L.
Co-producers: Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla, Festival de Jerez and Conseil Départemental des Landes (France). In collaboration with Festival de Cante Jondo Antonio Mairena.
Distributed by Endirecto FT S.L.
Con la colaboración de INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura – Gobierno de España: