‘Take a wild card and make it your own, dance away your insanity...'
Video: r&d and rehearsals footage from Dreamers' Games.
Last year we created what would be our first piece together as Back2basix, and somehow the beginning of this adventure as creatives, choreographers, movement directors and performers with a common vision, and incredibly eager to tell stories that move the viewers.
It all started with a simple prompt, a thought to explore the less travelled paths, to figure out what we can do when the options are limited, when we are forced into a specific path. How does our creativity help us find ways and possibilities even within that space? Do limitations restrict what we can do, or can they be a trigger for creativity, therefore opening up new things?
It all started with a simple prompt, a thought to explore the less travelled paths, to figure out what we can do when the options are limited, when we are forced into a specific path.
One of our inspirations at the time was the character of the Joker. The colors. The green, the toxicity of stagnancy; the fight to be more; the out-of-place laughter; the drive to find sanity within insanity, because, at the end of the day, there is a piece of insanity inside all of us. And it’s a good thing. It’s that voice that pushes us to do the unthinkable and to move forward even when no one supports our choice, it’s the voice that pushes us to believe in more and celebrate, when nothing seems to give any sign of progress. To find new ways where there doesn’t seem to be any; to bend reality.
When we approached the movement, we wanted it to have certain patterns that represented routine, the tendency to fall into the same over and over, and break them with several movement phrases that pushed through the noise even when contained within a specific path. The arch, tension, the dynamics, the intention, find flow and ease even in the rigidity of a straight line.
The dance that we want to create has a lot in common with that insanity. It raises our spirits even when there is absolutely no reason for it, it awakens a passion that lives on even in the days when motivation is out of the picture, it drives us to find a new vision each time and hope that the audience will take the ride with us; it pushes us to grow, to find what is unique about us, it puts a piece of our soul into movement. You can grab it.
Watch Dreamers’ Games https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fXX2qO10AA&feature=emb_title
"A captivating video performance by twins Leah and Marta Valverde - exploring how movement can create and communicate freedom, especially poignant during a time where the boundaries of freedom in our society are being re-examined […] A great piece by two choreographers with a bright future in dance and the performance arts world."
- Kymberlee Jay on 'Dreamer's Games @kymberleejay | www.kymberleejay.com