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María Pagés

If there is something that defines María Pagés’ multi-facetted creativity, it is her deeply rooted sense of the ethics of culture. She creates because she is convinced that Art – in its essence and the emotion that produces it – is a deep commitment to life and memory, in an organic sense.
Modernity, for this Sevillian artiste -a natural iconoclast that has made Flamenco her own poetic homeland- is Tradition in movement and the dynamics of our languages and ideas. Her creative and aesthetic contribution resides in her serenity, her ability to converse without complex in other languages, opening the door to the acceptance of Flamenco’s mythical hospitality. Making use of the fundamental codes of the Flamenco language and doing research within herself and without, Pagés has proved to be a pioneer in the understanding of Flamenco as an art in evolution, contemporary and alive.
Her choreographies have overcome cultural differences, convinced, as she is, that the dialogue between different artistic languages can only favor a better comprehension of the organic truths that are to be found in art and life.

An ode to time

An ode to time is a flamenco choreography about contemporaneity and the required dialogue with the memory. From the Flamenco María Pagés raises an ethical and artistic reflection on the present. She wonders about what is going on in the world. Checks the light and the disturbing shadows that mark our time. Reflects on the effects of the relentless irreversibility of time on the body, desire art and life.
It’s an allegory about the time we live, with its possibilities of happiness, utopias, terrorism, attacks on equality, backslides in democracy… Ideas of Platón, Margarite Yourcenar, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda flow through María Pagés’ veins, united by an in-depth investigation on the ontology of the piece of art.
Dancing from maturity and accompanied by eight female and male dancers and seven musicians, María Pagés explores the traditional Spanish culture, revises the palos flamencos nourishing them with the best of Goya, Picasso, John Cage and their unique world perspective. Her career is marked by the desire for innovation and learning. The continuous tension between the individual and the community, the circle and the straight line, the argument and the abstraction, the silence and the percussion.
In a script that goes beyond the traditional flamenco dramaturgy, the rhythm sought in An ode to time is precisely the one that reflects on it’s changing and polymorphous condition. The chorographical sequences are swift, shear and are done and undone almost in the same rhythmic way of a slide projector. The constant tension between the individual and the community is sought, the circle and the straight line, the argument and the abstraction, the silence and the percussion.