FEDERICA PORELLO with support of Teatre Principal de Palma. Exchange with L’Animal a l’esquena

Dates: from 5 to 6 of December


Musicality of the gesture

The analogy between dance and music provides an inexhaustible amount of tools and a way to produce and read the movement that feeds creativity, precision listening to the voice of the gesture.

We can think of the gesture as a sound, on a note, the smallest fragment of a musical phrase, observing how its tone, dynamics, duration, specific volume nourish our physical and emotional imaginary.

Through improvisation tasks, which allow us to put ourselves in a creative state of alertness and listening to the present, different topics will be addressed: the articulation of the movement, moving from one form to another, examining the how, clarity, and readability of each gesture; the dynamics, traveling between control and uncontrollability, in imbalance, in suspension, letting go and taking over the reins of actions; muscle tension, holding, pushing, receiving, moving and being moved for the other, playing with variation muscle tone causes different physical and emotional reactions; the relationship, copying the other's gesture, or composing a rhythm in more voices; dissociation, fragmenting the unity of the body into different parts and thus generating a polyphony of actions; the silence, intensity, and importance of pauses in the instant writing of choreographic phrases.

We will use these elements, separately and in connection, as a motor to compose a visual music, and to experience the communicative potential of this vocabulary.



Dancer and choreographer. She studied contemporary dance at the Amsterdam School of Performing Arts, Theatreschool, and at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), Brussels.

Since 2006 she has been working as a performer for various artists and companies such as Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Tg Stan, Benjamin Vandewalle, visual artist AK Dolven, and collaborating with musicians and dancers in various dance and music improvisation shows.

In 2009 she began to approach the world of puppetry collaborating with Merlin Borg, director of the French company AdonK !, in the creation of the show Commune Présence (2012), and in the construction of a language common between dance and puppet arts. She continues the exploration of hybrid stage languages ​​by working with the French shadow theater company Le Théâtre de Nuit, and starting his own creation, WeWood, around the relationship between gestures and objects, together with Xavi Moreno and Marina Broise. At the same time, since 2009 she has been working with the choreographer Albert Quesada, ACME company, as a performer and co-creator.