Marta Reig Torres

Spanish choreographer Marta Reig Torres has been living and working in The Netherlands since 1988. She has danced with the Dutch National Ballet, the Gulbenkian Ballet in Lisbon and as a freelancer with Leine & Roebana, Conny Janssen Danst and Nicole Beutler. Recently she has co-created Cloud@danslab, a self-organized hub for independent artists in dance, performance and related arts. Her independent choreographic work has been produced by Korzo productions since 2002, and co-produced by Dansateliers, DWA (Danswerkplaats Amsterdam), CaDance festival, De Doelen Rotterdam, Codarts and Meekers. Amongst her works are Harawi, Camino, More Day More Night and Navegando. Her work has been selected several times for the Nederlandse Dansdagen as one of the most outstanding choreographies of the season in and it was chosen for DansClick, the Serie Nieuwe Theatermakers, and for the Red de Teatros Alternativos in Spain. She also creates location projects and her pieces have travelled internationally to different festivals and venues. Reig Torres is a guest choreographer and teacher at Codarts/Rotterdam Dance Academy and companies like Dansgroep Amsterdam, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Conny Janssen Danst. In addition, she is coaching the final year students at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. 

Spanish choreographer Marta Reig Torres has made a number of atmospheric and personal pieces in Korzo. Guilherme Miotto was associated with the Tilburg company T.R.A.S.H. as a performer and choreographer and is now the co-artistic director of Bodies Anonymous. For Unpunished he worked together with performer and hip-hop star Akwasi O. Ansah (Zwart Licht) and urban dancer Johnny Lloyd.

Our lives are influenced daily by deep-seated forces that seem unassailable. In The Body Minds Marta has created a performance about this existing power that we feel as human beings, but cannot see. Two dancers throw their bodies into the fray and confront this invisible force. Filled with poetic power, they reveal what will not show itself and make the elusive tangible.  

To the sounds of Akwasi O. Ansah, we see three men in captivity in Unpunished. They are ready to be punished, but have long past forgotten the reason why. In their meaningless isolation, they are at each other’s mercy. Repressed tensions and vulnerabilities draw the question of guilt to the surface. Comradeship, deceit, and indifference alternate each other in an attempt to get a grip on desperation and desire.

The Song cycle Harawi, chant d’amour et de mort by Olivier Messiaen is rarely performed because of the technical demands placed on the performers. This afternoon is the exception in the form of a special adaptation by choreographer Marta Reig Torres. In collaboration with soprano Charlotte Riedijk, pianist Ellen Corver and dance students from Codarts, songs are sung about the stars, the world, life, love, and death. The choreography gives shape to the contrasting worlds of heaven and earth, body and spirit, imagination and reality. Harawi is an ode to life itself – with its endless cycle of life and rebirth – in which death always signals a new beginning.

Marta Reig Torres dedicates this choreography to the memory of Rudi van Dantzig (1933-2012), who meant so much for the dance in this country, and who inspired her so greatly for so many years in so many different ways.


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