Equal Elevations was born as a project created for the National Museum of Art Reina Sofía, in relation to the work of one of the most recognized living sculptors: Richard Serra. In room 102 of the museum is his sculpture Equal-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi (1986). Marcos Morau starts on this occasion from a dialogue between the movement generated by his collective La Veronal and the sculpture that Richard Serra conceived, not as a reference to historical memory, but as a spatial experimentation and a temporal analogy of two historical facts: the bombings of Guernica (1937) and the attack of Bengasi (1986). The conversation here braided deals with the spatial juxtaposition between dance and sculpture, between movement and weight, between lightness and gravity.
Accompanied by the music of Steve Reich, collaborating musician and friend of Richard Serra, La Veronal puts at the service its stroke and its morphological development of the movement to construct a labyrinth of significant complexity, a dialogue between the gravity of the body and its capacity of profusion and labyrinthine dispersion, an encounter between two matters that, being deeply opposed, meet in their habitability and their interior and perceptive movement.
Direction: Marcos Morau
Choreography: Marcos Morau in collaboration with the dancers
Artistic Advice: Roberto Fratini
Dancers: Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez, Manuel Rodríguez and Sau Ching Wong.
Executive Production: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo and Cristina Goñi Adot
Produced by La Veronal in collaboration with Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
With the support of INAEM – Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España and ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
Marcos Morau (Valencia, Spain, 1982) studied choreography in Barcelona, Valencia and New York. His artistic skills are not limited to dance but extended into disciplines such as photography and drama, studying a Master in Theory of Drama. In 2005 he created La Veronal, a collective formed by artists from the dance, film, photography and literature. Marcos Morau has been awarded with the National Dance Award of Spain 2013, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, as well as other renowned national and international awards. The artistic team of La Veronal has also exported his seal to other companies of international reputation such as the National Dance Company of Spain, the Göteborg Opera’s Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet or the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company.
La Veronal’s works frequently take as a starting point a country or city in the world, creating an analogy between dance and geography. The pieces do not intend to become as documentary films that describe the country directly, but makes use of the elements that the name provides to carry out the development of an idea, an argument. This imagery has led the company to differentiate itself on the map of international contemporary creation as its own voice.