Choreographer and dancer Maria Campos is based in Barcelona, Spain and has been working with Lebanese chirographer Guy Nader since 2006. A decade into dancing, Maria says that she has grown not only as a dancer but also as a human being.
Maria and Guy were in the city recently, with their dance troupe, to perform at the ‘Attakkalari India Biennial 2017’. Maria says that she had heard so much about India from her friends that someday she wanted to come and visit what she describes as the land of different cultures.
Innovation is key in dance and Maria and Guy have been experimenting with new ways of approaching the relation between two or more bodies, developing strategies and tasks in order to provide the body a distinct image and perception.
This dedication and commitment was evident during their recent performance. In an interview with Nina C George, Maria talks about dance and what she liked about Bengaluru.
Tell us about your performance in the city. The performance was called ‘Time Takes The Time Time Takes’ and was based on the movement of a pendulum. It involved a lot of physical vigour which is kept constant throughout the performance. There were five dancers and we attempted to bring the five bodies together by entangling them in many of our acts. At some point, we also tried to create a constellation which is based on the concept of partnering and contact work.
What did you intend to explore through your performance?
The performance was a poetic and choreographic manifestation, a physical, visual, and sound exercise that explored space as a score within sound and movement.
What are the requisites to be a good dancer?
There’s a lot of complexity in our performances and what is necessary is attention and awareness about the type of movement that is required. Dancers must be alert and aware whenever they are on stage. As far as our work is concerned, there is also a lot of risk involved, because our performances have a lot of vigorous movements such as lifting and throwing. So it is important that the dancers
repose faith and confidence in each other.
Which Indian dance form are you familiar with?
I am not very familiar with Indian dance forms but I was fascinated with kalaripayattu and I hope to learn it someday.
Thoughts on Bengaluru....
I’ve heard a lot of things about the different cultures, food habits and way of life of the people here. I was amazed to see crowds in every corner of the city. There’s this infectious energy among the people here. We found them to be very well-informed and receptive to our performance.