Pamplona (EFE).- The bailaora María Pagés, recently awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts, offers a reflection tomorrow at the Gayarre Theater in Pamplona on the internal prisons of people and their struggle in the search for freedom and happiness through “El paraíso de los negros”, a work created and directed together with the playwright and writer El Arbi El Harti.
“The paradise of blacks”, El Arbi El Harti explained this Thursday at a press conference, is a reflection on violence in the human being and where it comes from, stating that, if it is something inherent to it, it is necessary to “build paradigms capable of coexisting with it to maintain our humanity” through dialogue, words and listening.
This proposal, they have explained, arises naturally after their production “Fronteras” that addressed the internal and external walls that human beings create, some limits for which, Pagés explained, “we can find a way out” assuming those natural limitations and finding “A solution to communication conflicts”.
The play, explained the playwright, “revolves around the principle of authority and freedom” and takes place dramatically in a cave where María Pagés searches for light and to be able to get out.
Despite the fact that it may seem like a gloomy approach, he explained, “it is a vitalist show” that is committed to freedom, assuming that human beings are “the only beings on the entire planet capable of deciding what we want to do and wondering why we We are inclined towards violence, especially in recent years”.
Within these limitations, explained El Arbi El Harti, is “the prison body and the wings body” with a reflection on the body of Pagés herself, a dancer with a 58-year-old body that does not offer her the possibilities of the past. but that “using experience, knowledge and wisdom of emotions you can dance and create emotion and beauty”.
The leading role of the flamenco style
In this approach, “the work of light is very interesting”, explained Pagés, highlighting the importance in this proposal of the parallels between darkness and light, music and silence or the static with movement.
It also offers “a constant musical vitality of very interesting and surprising registers on a musical level”, has assured the bailaora, who has highlighted the leading role of the flamenco style in the set of works that accompany her, all of them original by El Arbi El Harti and that are performed by six musicians live.
For the creation of this 75-minute montage, they have explained, they are inspired by the principles of freedom and authority that run through “Poeta en Nueva York” by Federico García Lorca, the essence of opposites that distills the homonymous work by Carl Van Vechten , the telluric philosophy of blackness by Leopold Sedar Senghor and the vindication of black desire by Nina Simeone.
As a prelude, María Pagés and El Arbi El Harti will offer a meeting this Thursday at Civican to discuss the creative process of the show.