An ode to time

An ode to time is a flamenco choreography about contemporaneity and the required dialogue with the memory. From the Flamenco María Pagés raises an ethical and artistic reflection on the present. She wonders about what is going on in the world. Checks the light and the disturbing shadows that mark our time. Reflects on the effects of the relentless irreversibility of time on the body, desire art and life.

It’s an allegory about the time we live, with its possibilities of happiness, utopias, terrorism,  attacks on equality, backslides in democracy… Ideas of Platón, Margarite Yourcenar, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda flow through María Pagés’ veins, united by an in-depth investigation on the ontology of the piece of art.

Dancing from maturity and accompanied by eight female and male dancers and seven musicians, María Pagés explores the traditional Spanish culture, revises the palos flamencos nourishing them with the best of Goya, Picasso, John Cage and their unique world perspective. Her career is marked by the desire for innovation and learning. The continuous tension between the individual and the community, the circle and the straight line, the argument and the abstraction, the silence and the percussion.

In a script that goes beyond the traditional flamenco dramaturgy, the rhythm sought in An ode to time is precisely the one that reflects on it’s changing and polymorphous condition. The chorographical sequences are swift, shear and are done and undone almost in the same rhythmic way of a slide projector. The constant tension between the individual and the community is sought, the circle and the straight line, the argument and the abstraction, the silence and the percussion.

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Artistic cast

  • Dance
    María Pagés, Eva Varela, Virginia Muñoz, Julia Gimeno, Marta Gálvez, José Barrios, Rafael Ramírez, Juan C. Avecilla, Manuel del Río
  • Sing
    Ana Ramón, Bernardo Miranda
  • Guitar
    Rubén Levaniegos, Isaac Muñoz
  • Violin
    David Moñiz
  • Cellist
    Sergio Menem 
  • Percussion
    Chema Uriarte

Artistic cast

  • Direction and Choregraphy
    María Pagés
  • Dramaturgy and lyrics
    El Arbi El Harti
  • Musics
    Rubén Levaniegos, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Sergio Menem, David Moñiz, Isaac Muñoz, Música Popular
  • Lighting design
    Dominique You
  • Sound design
    Albert Cortada, Enrique Cabañas
  • Scenography design
    María Pagés, El Arbi El Harti
  • Scenography maker
    Eduardo Moreno
  • Painting materials and costume makers
    Taller María Calderón

Technical staff

  • Lighting
    Dominique You
  • Sound
    Enrique Cabañas
  • Stage manager
    Oscar Alonso "Rusti"

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