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Fernando Pessoa Club

"How many times have I too, who laugh at such seductive distractions, find myself conjecturing how wonderful it would be to be famous, how pleasant to be fussed over, how exciting to be triumphant." Fernando Pessoa

The raw, stark desolation of Pessoa's views and thoughts take the reader to a state close to serious introspection. On stage, Societat Doctor Alonso creates a humoristic tone which emphasises the incredible capacity of Pessoa, in order to describe and reveal the great absurdity which envelops our existence.

This is a world of person-personalities who find in Pessoa the perfect refuge through which to interpret the often hostile and incomprehensible world in which we live. The characters are several solitary souls who find solace together having discovered their own private space in this small, desolate yet somewhat absurd fan club.

Director and playwright: Tomàs Aragay
Performers: Sofía Asencio, Mia Esteve, Ramón Giró and Luis Carlos Viejo.
Sound technician: Nilo Gallego
Stage design and lighting: CUBE.bz
Production: Imma Bobé

Co-produced by the Free Theatre Societat Doctor Alonso and the Cultural Council of Ferrol, for the Free Radicals Cycle.
With the support of the ConCA-Department of Culture of the Catalan Government and the INAEM.
With the participation of Sant Mori Town Council and Pontós Town Council.

La Glorieta

video

La glorieta (Creative laboratory)

Small Glory.

A meeting of different out of order artists to trace a commune map without the requirement to focus all their different interests in the same way.

We are there to mix all our languages, practices and tools to start working, to loss ourselves, and from there look at reality again.

La glorieta becomes then an observatory. A group of artists observing and blindly describing what they don not see. It is a tool that allows us to re look at reality, to activate a personal and singular eye.

To look at what we already do not see any more, that it presents every day in front of us like a plain and insignificant frame. To reactivate our observation, a decisive one, critic in front of reality and in front of oneself.

It is a oblique strategy to look for the peripheral , the revel phantoms and a deconstruction our position of power in the creation process.

With: Tomás Aragay, Sofía Asencio, Chus Dominguez, Espe López, Idoia Zabaleta y artistas invitados.

A coproducctión with Azala espacio de creación escénica, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vitoria Artium, CCCEscorxador de Elche, Centro de las Artes de Sevilla-Endanza y El Matadero de Madrid.
with the suport of: CoNCA (Generalitat de Catalunya), INAEM, Institu Ramon Llull (IRLL).

 

 

Caldo Primordial

Video

Caldo primordial is an artistic action in a specific space. Abstract. Not narrative.
Length: 30 min

Idea: Tomàs Aragay and Sofía Asencio
Creation and performance: Sofía Asencio, Ramón Giró
Production: Sònia Isart
Commissioned by La Porta for the context of LP'11

With the support of the CONCA and the INAEM.

 

Volume II

One of the main goals of the company led by Tomàs Aragay and Sofía Asencio is to occupy the stage in an ever-different manner. The company use the idea of a dance floor with a strange DJ, a woman dancing and several poetic accidents - in order to reveal the least spectacular of all: the poetry of the pathetic.

Co-produced by: Teatre Lliure, Societat Doctor Alonso and EADC
Director: Tomàs Aragay / Playwright Tomàs Aragay and Sofia Asencio / Stage design and lighting CUBE/ Sound technician Nilo Gallego.
Performers: Sofía Asencio / Nilo Gallego
Management and production design: Elena de la Vara / Assistant Producer Ariadna Cisquella
Distribution: Iva Horvat, iivahorvat@gmail.com
With the participation of Nau Coclea, La Mercè Cultural Centre of Girona and Pontós Town Council.
Thanks to Segi Faüstino
With the support of the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government (EADC) and the INAEM - Ministry of Culture.

Portraits, or If I were

Portraits, or If I were is a series of body portraits seen through the body of a dancer. It is an appropriation of the body of another, of identity expressed in bodily movement. An anthropological work of the movements of bodies of nameless people from around the world. A choreography, a ritualisation of particular and non-transferable movement.

"However, beyond this first layer of objective observation of the portrayed being, Portraits, or If I were, is also an exercise in science fiction, in which there is, on the one hand, the space, the objects and the life of the woman portrayed, and on the other, a foreign body, my own, which it replaces.
Portraits was created from the desire to be another person, to have another body and another life.
Finally, on speaking about others I speak about myself.
This perversion is the tension which sustains each portrait."

Sofia Asencio

A project by Societat Doctor Alonso. Tomàs Aragay / Sofía Asencio.
Performer: Sofía Asencio.
Creation: Ivó Vinuesa, Alex Reynolds, Tomàs Aragay.
Frames and image support: CUBE.bz
Editing: Ivó Vinuesa, Sofía Asencio.
Production: Agnès Mateus and Sònia Isart.

Portraits, or If I were is co-produced by the Cervantes Institute and the Ramon Llull Institute.
With the participation of: Motus (Czech Republic), Dança em Foco (Brazil), Zawirowania (Warsaw), Maqamat (The Lebanon), Nau Coclea (Catalonia), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain), LP (Catalonia) and Festival Panorama (Olot, Spain).
Thanks to Concha and Jose,  Mai and Elham, Laia, Margarita, Marcela yiTuigui, Marjorie and the students of the creative writing class of the La Salle University of Manila, Katerina and Irka , Ola and to everyone who made this project possible.
Societat Doctor Alonso received the support of Girona Provincial Government, the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government and the INAEM.

El Traspiés de Luisa (Luisa's Mistakes)

https://myspace.com/lasluisa

Societat Doctor Alonso has produced a performance which deals with error. Sofia Asencio proposes that the three dancers and the actress in the play, Idurre Azkue, Iva Horvat and Mia Esteve, form a pop group. They do not know how to play and they only have two months in which to learn. However, they decide to accept the proposal and experience the processes involved in error. It appears to be a success, but it might be a mistake - although if it is a mistake, it will be a success. The only way out is to show the process as it is, with the performance of "El Traspiés de Luisa".
The first part is a documentary and a rehearsal.
The second part is a concert by the group - "Las Luisa".

Director: Sofia Asencio.
Playwrights: Tomas Aragay and Sofía Asencio
Musical-philosophical assessment: Oscar Abril Ascaso
Performers: Mía Esteve, Iva Horvat, Idurre Azkue and Sofia Asencio
Music teacher: Barbara Van Hoestenberghe
Physical preparation: Sofía Asencio
Stage design and lighting: CUBE.bz
Wardrobe: Societat Doctor Alonso
Executive Producer: Elena De La Vara
Distribution: Marta Oliveres Management, M.O.M

A performance co-produced by Societat Doctor Alonso, Mercat de les Flors and La Friche Belle de Mai (Marseilles).
With the participation of La Mercè Cultural Centre of Girona.
With the support of the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government (EADC) and the INAEM - Ministry of Culture

Santa Sofía, el solo de una ignorante

(Saint Sophie, the Solo of an Ignoramus)

Santa Sofia deals with the theme of sacrifice. There is no sacrifice without a body. Pain is the messenger which places us in a real present; only through pain is transcendence possible. Our bodies are arrogant and need to be beaten to lose mental control and enter a new body.
I want to speak about this new body, yet to do this I need to face up to my own limitations.
I want to speak in another way about enjoying one's body, about a transcendence which allows us to enjoy it without the suffocating and rational presence of the mind.
Yet all of this is nothing but words.
The character who lives alone, I mean myself, is someone ignorant, someone who still believes in mysteries.
I propose a study of the mysteries of the saints, and then see what happens.

Sofía Asencio.

Idea and playwrights: Sofía Asencio,Tomàs Aragay
Director: Tomas Aragay
Creation and performance: Sofia Asencio
Stage design and lighting: CUBE
Wardrobe for Saint Sophie: Mònica Bertran
Wardrobe: Societat Doctor Alonso
Produced by: Societat Doctor Alonso

Co-produced by Societat Doctor Alonso, Bitó-Temporada Alta and The Dance Area of the Catalan Government
With the participation of Sant Mori Town Council.

On death

On death is performed by seven children between five and twelve years of age, who are pupils from the village schools of Ventalló, Camallera and Celrà in the Alt Empordà region in the province of Girona.

This is a performance where the children speak out on the great questions and dilemmas which form part of Western society at the beginning of the 21st century. It is a song of life, one of ingenuity and tenderness, a mirror which ironically reflects the absurd complexity of our existence in the West. Speaking in a simple, clear manner, as children do; on cruelty, on violence, on politics, war and loneliness, through a discourse constructed using the children themselves as a basis for improvisations, in a space which reminds spectators of the circus, which creates a place for games and where the proximity of the audience is an essential factor.

Director: Tomàs Aragay
Playwright: Sofía Asencio, Tomàs Aragay
Choreography: Sofía Asencio
Performers: Patricia Ayuste, Lidia Ayuste, Jan Cabarrocas, Xènia Costa, Clara Farrés, Eduard Paredes, Zaïra Ros, Mar Vallès
Audiovisual creation: Ivó Vinuesa
Wardrobe: Societat Doctor Alonso
Stage design and lighting: CUBE
Sound: Marc Ases
Production: Elena de la Vara

Co-produced by the Barcelona GREC Festival and Societat Doctor Alonso
with the participation of Sant Mori Town Council (Girona)
With the support of the Department of Culture of the Catalan Government (EADC) and the INAEM - Ministry of Culture

Shopping bread

Shopping bread involves a male and female couple who have lived together for years. One day they go out together to buy bread. Using this basis, the performance opens up poetic windows which allow the audience to glimpse the hidden reality of their relationship.
Shopping bread focuses on small, everyday details which are seen in a humorous and paradoxical light which hides an inevitable tragedy beneath it.

Director: Tomàs Aragay
Creation and interpretation: Sofía Asencio and François Forêt
Original, live music: Nilo Gallego
Stage design and lighting: CUBE.bz
Production and distribution: Estefania Benages

Co-produced by the Espai de Dansa and Societat Doctor Alonso
with the participation of the Sant Mori Cultural Centre and the Theatre of Salt (Girona)

Tomorrow will be like today

14 Erotic Variations on Loneliness

Tomorrow will be like today is a performance which focuses on the strangeness in human behaviour; in the darkest and most unexplored depths of personal action. Two men and two women reveal hidden secrets to the audience.
A no-holds-barred performance, one which is apparently cold, yet filled with unexpected bursts of raw, naked and direct revelations, which allow us to discern the emotional seas, the darkest desires, and the strangest paths which lead to the discovery of others and ourselves; a performance which reveals the proximity between the sublime and the pathetic, the sad and the banal, the serious and the ridiculous in our daily behaviour.

Tomorrow will be like today, is a picture in permanent motion, an uninterrupted choreography, a series of photographs of daily life which are distorted by strange paths in order to show "another reality", revealing that which hides behind appearance.

Director: Tomàs Aragay
Creation and interpretation: Sofía Asencio, Idurre Azkue, Xavi Estrada and François Forêt
Original, live music: Joan Saura
Stage design and lighting: Tomàs Aragay & CUBE,bz
Wardrobe: Doctor Alonso
Physical preparation: Iva Horvat
Production: Agnès Mateus

Co-produced with the Mercat de les Flors and the Choreographic Centre of Rennes (France).
With the participation of Sabadell City Council (Spain).