Saturday, September 8, 2012

questionnaire with participant Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea (CHILE/NL)



When have you been to Budapest - Hungary with your piece and artistic work earlier?
I was there only once, peforming in a piece by Ivana Müller.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
I must admitt that I know very little. I just have met one dancer-choreographer from Hungary in Amsterdam, her name is Olivia Reschofsky

Do you have any preference who do you want to reach with your art and piece?
I’ve chosen to not have any preference, I believe persons from all backgrounds and needs gather around theatres, I’m consciously trying to embrace universality.

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works?
The piece is called MINING and it presents itself as an urgent landscape. Sometimes in order to create this suspended state, which i believe brings us all into introspection, I avail myself of incessant movement (as in MINING) or I make use of materials which they acces aswell this permanent quality. 

What exaclty did you work on with this piece and where did you perform it already?
I’m trying to fully commit to the present, integrally. 
I have done it in several places like Poznan, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Amsterdam, Bassano, Stamsund, Warsaw, Berlin and Brussels. 

Do you have any hobby beside working as a dancer or creator?
Not as relevant, I think i’m addicted to internet and ashtanga yoga.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I come from theatre, I study theatre acting in Chile and then dived into choreography in Amsterdam. I’m still trying to expand as much as possible my vision in order to remain with what it’s strictly necessary. I do believe there’s plenty of work to be done and I’m aiming at that work doing me, instead of the other way around.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations?
Summer it always complex for me. I was born by the sea and I had a strong realization this year which is I really need that presence in my life again. And besides that I had a very fruitful residency period in Brussels, I’m working on a new solo-piece called APNEA.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
It definitely benefits from it but I must admit that the more I travel I realize how extremely similar and extremely different it all is, so I’m confused right now, that unables me to answer to that clearly.

Do you work and show your work for getting applause (for the audience) or does the working process mean anything else for you? What kind of feedback are you open for?
I’ve chosen to occupy that place for a determinate amount of time (the stage) and I’m fully responsible for everything that follows but I do not have any answers and I do not have completed thoughts, that’s why I’m standing on that half of the space needing for the other half to be accupied and completed. I strongly believe we’re all making the work at all times, it seems all confusing because of this frontal relationship or this unbalanced number of occupants on either sides. So in those terms for me any feedback is part of the work, any thoughts or feelings that the work arises are part of it so I don’t know how to disaggragate that, and also I don’t want to.

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
I think I’ve gotten any so far.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
I do always have an opinion but most of the time I can’t speak it out. I’m not so fond of naming or articulating everything I see, sometimes discourse even destroys it. Writing seems like the perfect option, I should do that more, I used to as a student.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
TOTALLY

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of you!
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE
PERFORM COMMUNITY
PERFORM NATION
PERFORM HUG
SENSE RELIGION

Rodrigo's performance takes place on 20th September in Bakelit M.A.C.

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