BIRAKA is a reflection on the similarities and differences between traditional Basque and contemporary dance. Instinct has prompted the development of a choreographic dialogue with Basque culture, its history and language, using traditional elements to reinvent it through the language of contemporary choreography.
Werner o el azul de los orígenes/Werner or the Blue of Beginnings is built around quotes, remnants of a supposedly rediscovered script for the second part of a film that was never made (The South by Victor Erice), the reconstruction of the last days of Werner as witnessed by his wife, the recuperation of roots in the jungle and Werner’s tracks through it, his boat on the Amazon, the boat climbing a mountain… irretrievable realities that can now only be quoted and imagined.
Let’s imagine we go running from time to time and someone asks us why we do it. Why do we put on a pair of trainers and set out to run ourselves ragged? We don’t know how to answer because we don’t know why. We’re not hoping to make any money out of it, or win fame or even the recognition of others. Running serves no concrete purpose, it’s not a means to any end. Seen in this way, running is a form of counter-cultural expression as it cannot be measured in cost and benefit.