Rosalba Torres Guerrero
Rosalba Torres Guerrero studied at the Geneva Conservatory and at the CNDC in Angers. She began her career alongside Philippe Decouflé and worked in Weimar with Ismaël Ivo on Medeamaterial. Between 1997 and 2005 she was a core member of Rosas, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s dance company, with whom she co-created Drumming, I said I, In Real Time, Rain, April Me, Bitches Brew / Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra and Raga for a Rainy Season / Love Supreme, as well as the repertoire pieces Woud, Achterland and Mozart / Concert Arias - un moto di gioia. Between 2005 and 2015, she collaborated with Les Ballets C de la B of Alain Platel for VSPRS, Pitié!, Out of Context and C(h)oeurs. In theatre, she played the role of Kassandra in Die Troerinnen and Die Rasenden by Karin Beier. She performed in the operas Lulu and Don Giovanni by Polish director Krzyzstof Warlikowksi, with whom she also worked in Phèdre(s) at the Odéon in Paris. In 2011 she created Pénombre, a dance solo in collaboration with French video artist Lucas Racasse.
Workshop: “Dancing Birds”
The workshop is conceived in two parts.
In the first part of the workshop, Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero will investigate the potential of traditional Greek circle dances. The pair will build on their experiences in Palestine, where they created Badke, along with Palestinian performers, a dance based on the traditional Arabic dabke. This part of the workshop will fall under the “Tragic Body” module and will focus on group work and the collective interaction of bodies on stage. One of the questions that will be raised is whether traditional group dances bring together communities and whether they allow for the integration of the “outsider.”
In the second part of the workshop, dramaturg Guy Cools will share his ongoing research about Greek moiroloi (lament song) and how it offers a template for contemporary practices of performative mourning. This part of the workshop will explore the diaphonic nature of the moiroloi, especially in connection with all those who are absent (deceased, exiles, immigrants). Participants will be invited to write and perform their personal laments. This part of the workshop will fall under the “Voice” module, focusing on “narration as bodily action.”
Towards the end of the workshop, both aspects – group work and solo work – will be integrated, with the possibility of a public showing in mind.