Collection Title: Viveca Vázquez collection
Title: ¡Uy!
Alternate Title: Opera de terror
Date: 2003 May
Location: Performed at the Teatro Experimental Julia de Burgos Universidad de Puerto Rico Río Piedras, in May 2003.
Work Type: Performance., Dance., Contemporary dance., Experimental dance.
Checo Cuevas, José (Tony) Cruz, set designers ; David Ferri, lighting designer ; Luis Trelles, Gisela Rosario, videographers.
Patricia Dávila, Karen Langevin, Vesna Lantigua (de Andanza), performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:45:10
Language: Includes Spanish and English.
Synopsis: Video documentation of Puerto Rican experimental dance performance '¡Uy! -- Opera de Terror,' choreographed by Viveca Vázquez and performed in the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Río Piedras. Viveca Vázquez is a choreographer, dancer, and a professor of humanities and contemporary dance for actors at the University of Puerto Rico. She presented her first work with Pisotón, the first experimental dance group of Puerto Rico and, shortly after, Taller de Otra Cosa, of which she became the first director. Through the company she presented her choreographic work and produced events such as ‘Rompeforma’ a key festival in the development of the experimental dance and performance scene in Puerto Rico, which was co-produced with Puerto Rican choreographer based in the U.S. Merian Soto. Since 1984 she has produced and performed experimental dance works in the United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina, among a great number of other places. As a teacher she has developed a pedagogical model based on body conscience and improvisation.‘¡Uy!’ explores the concept of offering an opera not with voices but with bodies. There is an operatic counterpoint between frightening music and bodies that seem to be lost; between showing and hiding; between light and shadows; and between movements and immobility. These bodies are literally moving in the edge, verging on the unbalance; in this manner, horror seems to be more a state of the body that a state of mind. The stage is divided based on the different rooms that a house can contain -- in this manner, this performance is related to the space as a concept, and to an exploration of memory, fear, and being afraid of fear. ‘¡Uy!’ proposes several questions: What is that which scares us? Our surroundings? Or the objects with which we interact in our everyday life? What is our relationship with our own body? How and when does the body die? How are death and horror related to the death of the body as a corporeal reality?
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