My aim is to integrate the figure of the DJ, the choreographer and the dancer and performer into the same session. These are the three figures or roles I have undertaken as an artist in recent years.
As part of the performing arts series held in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents Mix-en-scene (2015), by choreographer and dancer Amaranta Velarde and artist and creative technologist Alba G. Corral. The performance of the piece will be followed by an open conversation with the audience, presented and moderated by Isabel de Naverán.
Mix-en-scene sets forth an acoustic, visual and choreographic experience, in which the dancer plays live music as she dances to the rhythm or uses choreographed scores. Images are projected onto movements and sounds, giving form to the three-dimensional space of the stage, where music, visuals and choreography co-exist. Just as the music is mixed live and follows the parameters of a DJ set, so too are the projections created in real time, giving rise to symbioses or frictions between different elements.
The title of the piece refers to the theatre and dance term mise-en-scène, displacing it by putting forward the idea of a “stage mix” with different references to certain landmarks that have shaped the historical relationship between music and dance. Thus, Mix-en-scene constitutes a journey that also experiments with the linearity of chronology and plays with overlapping styles and artistic principles, using methodology from the post-production era and, more specifically, the DJ spirit of appropriation, manipulation and versioned materials.
Amaranta Velarde (Oviedo, 1983) works in the field of performance art as a dancer and choreographer. She graduated from CODARTS (University of the Arts, Rotterdam, Netherlands) in 2004 and regularly works with choreographer Bruno Listopad, among others. Following on from her professional activity in the Netherlands, she moved to Barcelona in 2011 to start on her own choreographic projects: Lo Natural (2012), Hacia una estética de la buena voluntad (2014) and Mix-en-scene (2015).
Alba G. Corral (Madrid, 1977) is a visual artist, code developer and teacher. With a background in computer engineering, her practice stretches across live arts, video, digital media and installation to explore abstract narratives. Over the past decade her artistic creation has been based on the use of software, and she is known for her live audiovisual acts, which integrate coding and regular collaborations and real-time interactions with musicians.
- Curatorship: Isabel de Naverán
- Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
- In collaboration with:
Concept, performance and DJ set: Amaranta Velarde
Visual design and lighting: Alba G. Corral
Technician: Daniel Miracle
Production assistance: La Poderosa, Barcelona
With the support of: El Graner, Barcelona, and LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón