Awakening Man Ray

Man Ray is well-known as one of the most influential visual artists of the 20th Century. What is not well-known is that Man Ray adored the art of dance. In fact, he studied dance and those who were privileged to watch him said he was a great dancer with elegant form. Man Ray was a multi-disciplined artist. His interests included singing, dancing, photography, films, sculptures and installations. His work was greatly influenced by Marcel Duchamp and together fostered the Dadaism movement, an art form closely tied to surrealism, in New York. Choreographers Meritxell Barberá and Inma García were always fascinated by the works of Man Ray. As a tribute to him, they developed an exploration project involving dancers from different companies from the United States, Spain and other parts of Europe. This project sought to reflect on the underlying dance generated through the images created by Man Ray. For Meritxell and Inma, the body and movement are the essential main characters of this work.

This work began on 2014 with DanceWorks Chicago and it was shown as a work in progress at Instituto Cervantes de Chicago Auditorium.

On 2015 Awakening Man Ray was performed by Ballet de la Generalitat (Valencia). In 2016 on IPAM (Festival GREC) and was premiered as a full piece in October 2016 in Espai Cultural Can Ventosa (Ibiza)

  • Idea and Direction: Meritxell Barberá and Inma García.
  • Choreography: Meritxell Barbera and Inma Garcia in collaboration with the dancers.
  • Dancers: Diana Huertas, Cristina Reolid y Jon López.
  • Dramaturgy: Roberto Fratini.
  • Original music score: Caldo.
  • Costumes: Siemprevivas.
  • Lighting: Pablo Fernández.
  • Audiovisual Design: Sergi Palau.
  • Performance Design and Space: Taiat Dansa.
  • Management: Diego López.
  • Press and Communication: Inventa.
  • A co-production of: CulturArts, INAEM.

Awakening Man Ray