Production and Presentation
CNDB Awards 2023 and Mercedes máis eu
The CNDB Awards Gala is an annual event to recognize those who have contributed and confirmed the value that contemporary dance and choreographic culture have in society. Beyond any hierarchies, the CNDB Awards celebrate dance and the role of art for people and community.
The CNDB 2023 Awards also offer the public the opportunity to see the performance Mercedes máis eu, presented with the support of the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest, as part of the Baila España programme and the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council, as part of Iridescent – International festival of contemporary dance and other reconfigurations of the sensible.
Mercedes máis eu is the result of the collaboration between artist Janet Novás and composer Mercedes Peón. After several meetings in which the artists used improvisation as a working method and worked in very heterogeneous contexts and spaces, the two artists explored the particular relationships that exist and are established between “dance and their music”. Thus arose the need and desire to deepen, understand, organize or write and to dedicate time to “study” this relationship. In this way, between musical instruments, memories, songs and dance, the two artists define the concepts they want to work with. Some of them have a socio-political content: identity, belonging, sonority, collective creation, gender…, and are at the basis of most of the material they work with, from musical “objects” to dance or biographical ones. Others are somatic concepts or quantum experiences: trance, energy, vibration…, and appear in pulsations, rhythms and tones, in voices and dynamics, in silences and forms. The resulting performance is a subtle proposal to approach the common sensibility and a commitment to reach artistic knowledge.
invites us to go back to those encounters of different durations in which there was no distance from the spectator. This plasticity that we want to allow ourselves, this ease that we believe the work has, to acquire different forms or to inhabit different architectures, is a freedom that helps us to continue thinking about it and to continue shaping ourselves.
Where and when
Majestic Hall of the Odeon Theatre (Calea Victoriei, 40-42)
21 November, 19:00
ELLE, Radio România Cultural, Scena9, Revista Arta, Zile și Nopți, Black Rhino Radio, The Institute, RFI Romania, Happ.ro, Zeppelin, ISCOADA, Liternet, CUTRA, Modernism.ro, Films in frame