7th Day Program // 27.8.20

26th Kalamata International Dance Festival

Program of the Day // 27.8.20



27.8.2020 | 22:00 | 55'
Venue to be announced

HERE. In time and space we arrive. We were preceded and we will be outlived. Others will continue after our demise in the ‘here’. We are just a segment within the bigger picture. Defined existence allows us to start from scratch and live towards something. Our being, inside and out, is shaped throughout our lifetime. It is molded into a shape we believe ourselves to be responsible for. Too often, we are not aware of the fact that this process is subject to external forces. The ‘other’ is a critical entity that not only decides how the outer world perceives us, but also creates the image we have of ourselves. But the ‘other’ is also influenced by others. We all belong to a bigger structure of rules, norms, values, prejudices, culturally defined characteristics, language, and hierarchy, created and maintained by none other than ourselves.
Lali Ayguadé and Guilhem Chatir explore the process of birth and development in a structured environment through the transforming search for truth. An undefined force (soprano Astrid Stockman) seemingly directs their everyday life and process of development. Coming from the outside, its voice and presence trigger the mechanisms of awareness and realization. The two newly born personalities thus grow physically and emotionally. They interact and shape one another like molded clay. The outer force inspires and destroys, provokes and stabilizes the dancers, who slowly become emancipated. They no longer passively obey the soprano’s sudden whims and outdated realities. As they break away from prescribed rules, they discover their inner force and instincts, and step out of the structure, reinstating their earthy impulses and intuition.


Concept & choreography: Lali Ayguadé & Guilhem Chatir
Performers: Lali Ayguadé & Lisard Tranis
Soprano: Astrid Stockman
Music: Joana Gomila
Dramaturgy: Aïda Gabriëls
Scenography: Martina Cabanas
Light design: Bernat Jansà
Executive production: Elclimamola
Producer: Big Story Performing Arts
Co-producers: Pyrénart and ICI-CCN de Montpellier-Occitanie – Project Life Long Burning (supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme), Festival Grec Barcelona 2019, Temporada Alta 2018, Charleroi danse – Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles
In collaboration with: Temporada Alta 2018, CIRCa – Pôle national cirque à Auch, ZGZ Escena – Festival internacional de Artes Escénicas, KLAP Maison pour la danse à Marseille, La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse-Occitanie
With the support of: Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Cultura

The performance Here by Lali Ayguadé Company is presented at 26th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.




Lali Ayguadé is a Catalan performer and choreographer. She trained at the Liceu Conservatory (Barcelona), the Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), and PARTS (Brussels). She has since worked with the Publik Eye Company (under Carmen Mehnert), the Akram Khan Company, Hofesh Shechter, Marcos Morau, Roberto Olivan, and Baró d’Evel, among others. She founded her own company in 2013 and has since created full-evening pieces, such as Kokoro and iU Mi (the latter presented at the Kalamata Dance Festival last year). In 2018, she collaborated with Guilhem Chatir in the creation of HERE.

Guilhem Chatir is a French performer and choreographer. He started training in hip hop and circus, which led him to the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse. He then joined the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (2010) and PARTS (Brussels, 2013). In 2015, he began working with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez and performed in the revival of What the Body Does Not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. In 2018, he started working with Yoann Bourgeois for his new creation Requiem and in 2019 performed in Ludum, a new creation by Anton Lachky Company. He recently founded his own company Guilhem Chatir.

Guilhem Chatir, who recently joined the Akram Khan Company, will be replaced by Catalan dancer Lisard Tranis. Tranis trained at the Oriol Martorell School and the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, where he performed in choreographies by Emilio Gutiérrez, Pau Aran, Joan Lopez, and Lali Ayguadé. He won first prize in the Certamen Internacional de Dansa competition, which awarded him a scholarship to the Peridance Capezio Dance Centre (New York). He then joined Verve company (Northern School of Contemporary Dance), where he performed in works by Kerry Nicholls, Luca Silvestrini, and Douglas Thorpe.




27.8.2020  | 21:00
Kalamata Main Square


Rise is a manifest of turning an empty space into a ritual of transformation. Roser Tutusaus and Tom Weksler share with the audience an unusual event, a moment of simple and personal truth that is the essence of change. Rise is a dance piece that uses different movement disciplines as ways of communication, becoming an invitation to move beyond what we experience alone to what we can experience together.


Performers: Wonderground Dance Company (Tom Weksler & Roser Tutusaus)
Production: Brechtje Randag
Original soundtrack: Miguel Marin
Additional music: Chet Baker, Murray Head

Roser Tutusaus in the performance Rise by Wonderground Company is presented at 26th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.


Tom Weksler in the performance Rise by Wonderground Company is presented at 26th Kalamata International Dance Festival with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Greece.



Roser Tutusaus studied dance at Artez DansAcademie in Arnhem (Holland) and journalism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In Holland, she worked for different choreographers and companies such as Anouk van Dij, Giulio d’Anna, Anouke de Groot, and Erik Kaiel. In Barcelona, she danced for Transit Dansa/Maria Rovira, Enclave Arts del movement/Roberto Oliván, and Pere Faura, among others. In 2014-9, she danced and performed internationally with the Guy Nader and Maria Campos Dance Company. She has also collaborated with the circus artist Joan Català in the creation of the street duet Menar, which received the prize of Catalan critics for best street performance in 2016. Her own solo pieces include Simun and Tecnologías del yo.

Tom Weksler has been practicing martial arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. In 2009, he graduated from the Workshop for Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa. Since 2010, he has been dancing with the Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company. In 2017-9, he danced with the Guy Nader and Maria Campos Dance Company. Until 2019, he performed worldwide in the piece Collective Loss Of Memory, which was choreographed by RootlessRoot (Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea) and produced by Dot504. As a creator, Weksler is mainly interested in artistic collaborations and multidisciplinary expression. In 2012, he created Lobos in collaboration with circus srtists Yogi Dekel, Yuval Oz, and Breno Caetano. In 2014, he created the duets Saru and Heder in collaboration with Tokyo-based dancer and choreographer Mayumu Minakawa. His duet Pilim, created in collaboration with circus artist Yogi Dekel, premiered in 2017. He also teaches workshops in dance and circus schools, dojos, and professional companies worldwide.

“As a dance company, Wonderground is our way of sharing art, movement, and creation. The ground is the support of our body. A relationship with the concreteness. It is always there but we don’t take it for granted. Wonder encourages our capacity for questioning, asking or wishing. A space for curiosity. A space for exploring what we thought was impossible. A place to wonder.”



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