Studio 1: Night

Show selected for the AECID 2016 performing arts catalogue.

“Desconcierto Estudio 1: Nocturno” is a concert dance-theater show with live music.
Premiere on April 9, 2014 in the Hall of Mirrors of the Calderón Theater, Valladolid, on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the reopening of the Calderón Theater.
Duration 60 minutes.
For theaters and unconventional spaces.
Show created in artistic residence at the Burney Palace in Lisbon, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Calderón Theater in Valladolid


“creating the perfect silence, the one that only the rumors of our body inhabit, hearing the blood slipping between the undulating softness of the veins, the beating of the blood, the beating artery of the neck, the pump of the heart, the vibration of the ribs , the gurgling of the intestines, the air whistling through the hairs of the noses”

(Saramago, 2007: 139).

Hall of Mirrors Premiere, Teatro Calderón.
As architecture, the Hall of Mirrors of the Calderón theater, Valladolid, a 19th century building.

The sound element, a piano and as a study and key point of the dramaturgy, "Nocturnes" by Chopin, these being the guiding thread of this cartography.

Pieces that will appear as tributaries in a diverse piano course.
Creating a musical dialogue between the protagonists: the room and the public, the pianist and the dancer.

The concept "deconstructing" will be exercised in all the elements of the work: in the scores, in the character of the pianist in front of the construction of the character of the dancer and in the choreographic movements, reinforced by the time that marks an invisible thread of this story. Creating two parallel realities.
A story whose last protagonist is the public.

At the end of the show there will be a conversation with the public

artistic sheet

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Alicia Soto
Pianist: Mario Rosado Hernandez
Artistic collaboration: Dolores de Matos and Julio Martín da Fonseca
Interpreters: Alicia Soto and Mario Rosado Hernández
Lighting Design: Miguel Ángel Camacho
Text notes: José Saramago
Texts: Alicia Soto
Musical pieces: Chopin's Nocturnes and Preludes
Photography: Luis Antonio Barajas
Video: Manuel Rodríguez Arnanz
Wardrobe: Co. Alice Soto
Graphic design: José Navarro
Communication: Carolina Saiz
Administration: Sofía García Fernández
Production: Co. Alicia Soto-Leaf Litter
With the collaboration: Teatro Calderón de Valladolid, Fiar Centro de Artes de Rua, Palmela. Portugal, University Theater of Lisbon.
Acknowledgments: Julio Martín da Fonseca, Modulando School (Valladolid), Dolores de Matos.


Cartography of the body in an architectural space
Architecture as inspiration for the semiotics of the body.
As a starting point, the impact on the retina of an architectural, urban or natural design. The architectural definition of a space, lines, angles, curves that remain alive over time.
Stories of the past and present, the moment: lives, people and events that float in another dimension. An invisible but present dimension that can be felt... on the body, there, present.

The body in that architectural space. The cartography of movement will be defined by an emotion and the emotion discovers and describes a path where the soul emerges and connects to a cartography that runs through body space and space as if in a dimension of nothingness.
A nothingness full of meanings because it is inhabited by stories, stories that impact the soul, feeding back the walk through the cartography of the body, whose connection element to reality is the public and the space inhabited by people, in real time.
In this definition of the cartography of the body by an architectural space, the public intervenes directly. Creating an interrelation between the body, the architectural space and the public. So that visual impact of the architectural space becomes the communicative thread between the body and the public, first from the semiotics of the body to the verb.

The public and the time, the wait. Just the action of being and watching how time passes, like in a sunrise, in an urban space or landscape.
And from improvisation the exploration of something new that happens absolutely unpredictable and unrepeatable for the public and the body.

“What is it that in us dreams what we dream. Perhaps dreams are memories that the soul has of the body.
(José Saramago, The Gospel according to Jesus Christ).
"Cartography of the body in an architecture" is a scenic work based on a unique and unrepeatable experience between the public and the artist, within an emblematic natural or urban architectural framework.
This experimental work is created from a dialogue between the body, the architectural space and the public, accompanied by a sound, according to each place and experience.
And in each experience, as trust grows, more scenic elements that are appropriate and necessary for each architectural space will intervene, becoming an installation.
This project that the artist tackles, after 20 years of experience, is based on the pillars of her choreographic creation processes:
Improvisation, the importance of space, its architecture, the public and the image.


The image, drawing a map with all the cartographies through the lens of a photographer:
In each cartography there will be a photographic testimony, a work of connection between the image and the body and the architectural space.
Inviting for each experience a photographer to testify and capture with his objective, moments, details, sighs and emotions of each one of the experiences.
Building at the end a route, a line of union between all the territories creating a global map of all the cartographies of the body in an architecture. Remaining reflected in a catalogue.
And creating, who knows, a show that needs the passage of time.


Map of Cartographies:

The Territory Tour begins in Valladolid, to continue in Digne-les-Bains (France) and ends in Lisbon, but along the way other territories will appear where other cartographies of the body can be developed in an architectural, natural or urban space.
Cartography of the body in an architectural space, Valladolid Territory:
This first cycle of mapping the body will be experiences with the public of Valladolid and is divided into two cycles:

Stage architecture: “Studio 1: Nocturne”. Hall of Mirrors, Calderón Theater.
Scenic development and staging in artistic residency:
Each cartography will mean the creation of a different staging, built in each space in situ, which will mean carrying out work prior to the presentations in an artist residency work.
Investigating and creating, giving shape, as in a painting, to each element where it prevails:

The Sound Composition.
Light and color, from where and to where.
Strengthen each scenographic element that the space has.
…And the body.
Each Cartography will be unique and unrepeatable.
With the collaboration of the Teatro Calderón.


Videos of the Show

Bewilderment. Study 1: night

Press reviews

By: Fernando Herrero.

«….This beautiful Room is perfect for the intended deconstruction, above all because of the magnificent lighting technology that creates centers of interest of diverse colors, taking into account the objects: the piano, the chairs, the clothing that is scattered, the papers that are delivered the spectators to the artists and the final gesture that spreads them. The good pianist (Chopin is not easy at all) is also an actor and at the beginning and at the end and above all, he plays with the instrument and breaks its sound. Alicia Soto is elegant and her work is based on a plurality of steps, the decomposition and composition of the wardrobe, her words and the relationship with the mirrors and her partner. The development of the character and final success are somewhat diffused[…]»


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