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We are going to make you dance. Chasing Patti Smith

We have persued Patti Smith along all the paths of her creations for more than two years. We are unsure if it was with the obstination of a naive child or the obsession of people in love. Although our original enthusiasm sprung from our desire to make Patti Smith materialize in some way, the journey has led to a point in which our main interest is to make possible her absence from the piece. It is through dance that Patti Smith is best talked about because Patti Smith is a figure in constant flight, in continuous movement. The impossible task of trapping her and cornering her becomes a dance. This piece is a testament to the long search we carried out, driven by our longing to know her better. The figure of Patti Smith is that of a cultural icon who escapes our gaze, like a nymph slipping out of frame. As a result the piece is centered on this desire, a desire that is to be frustrated from the outset, to know Patti Smith the person and thus represent her in dance. After our perseverant search we insisted on creating a dance piece about a person who finally appeared reluctant to be represented by dance and who was always in a state of full flight. Two dancers on stage, complicit and conspiring to weave her story through delirious bodies acting, like Patti, as shields. But Patti Smith also dances in this piece, her intangible presence hanging, unseen, in the space, her ghost dancing while the ghost of her voice echoes in the shadows. The dance expresses all the frenetic exteriorization that was the essence of the construction of the Patti Smith legend. As it was an impossible task to get to know her, we can only reflect on her iconic status and appearance. We even reached the point where we became convinced that this facet was in fact her most relevant facet, her iconic status, always a distant figure but nonetheless carefully created by her down to the tiniest detail. Whilst it became ever harder to know her well, she became closer and more present in our work. The dance in this piece is occasionally like a system of recognizable signals, tied to a moment in time, and is a representation of the most intimate yet most public details of the traditional legend that Patti Smith became.

  • Concept and Directors: Meritxell Barberá and Inma García.
  • Choreography: Taiat Dansa (Meritxell Barberá and Inma García).
  • Scripwriting Direction: Roberto Fratini.
  • Original music: Caldo.
  • Music: Patti Smith and Monteverdi.
  • Audiovisuals: Josep F.Sanmartín, Juan Mi Ponce, Mikel Labastida, Alejandra Mora, Daryna Kratenko, Sergio Sanisidro, Juan López, Rocío Garriga and Sergi Palau.
  • Construction of backdrop: Josep F.Sanmartín (Pequeño Dragón), Taiat Dansa and Roberto Fratini.
  • Construction of backdrop: Josep F.Sanmartín (Pequeño Dragón) and Rocío Garriga.
  • Lighting Designn: Pablo Fernández.
  • Photography: Juan Miguel Ponce.
  • Wardrobe: Taiat Dansa and Siempre Vivas.
  • Production and broadcasting: Maríaje Mercader.
  • Communication and social media: Andrea R. Lluch.
  • Publicity: Inventa.
  • A co-production of: Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana, Ministerio de Cultura de España (INAEM), Spanish Embassy in Nueva York, Baryshnikov Arts Center de New York, CPR Studio Brooklyn de New York, Festival Tanz im August de Berlín, Mercat de les Flors de Barcelona, Valencian International University (VIU) and  Escola d’Art i Superior de Disseny de València (EASD).

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)

Vamos a hacerte bailar: persiguiendo a Patti Smith (estreno)