A PERSONAL YET COLLECTIVE HISTORYPRINT THIS PAGE
In his new solo, Fabián Barba investigates dance history as a background to understand his own dancing. He wonders how dance education affects both the dancer and the audience. Barba’s ‘own’ dancing has been shaped by the dancing of others, through education and experience. Choreographers, critics and audiences are also shaped by the experiences they have had with dance and dance history. An audience member is changed every time he or she attends a different dance performance, and the perception of all future dance performances is altered. There is not one audience, but multiple ones. There is not one dance tradition, there are several, not clearly delineated but permeating one another. Is it Fabián Barba’s ‘own’ dancing? Or better the different dancers in him? A multitude of voices inhabits the dance history of which we are part. In A personal yet collective history, Fabián Barba lets these voices resonate. It’s not about producing something new, but about listening once again to these voices we think we are familiar with.