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National Premiere / Coproduction REF

Teatro Argentina
October 5th - 6th 2022
dance - dance

La Veronal

Opening Night

With his choreographic language strongly anchored to the dance-theater tradition and to the experimentation with peculiar movement techniques, but at the same time open to a visual and perceptive dimension, Marcos Morau has garnered international attention for his Company, La Veronal. More than ten years after the foundation of the Company, the Spanish choreographer and director presents Opening Night as a tribute to live shows, to the theater and to experiences that only this space can contain. It is no coincidence that the title of this work is a direct, reverential reference to the homonymous film by John Cassavetes and its protagonist Gena Rowlands. Morau wants to dedicate this evening to the stage box; to the magical splendor of lights and shadows; and of course to the ghosts that inhabit performative stages. He wishes to undress the stage machine, to expose its openings, its hatches and all the characters that move back and forth through them.

Marcos Morau studied choreography and theater between Barcelona and New York. In his performances he creates worlds and imagines landscapes where movement and image meet and merge with each other. For over ten years, Marcos has directed La Veronal, a company of which he is choreographer and set, lights and costume designer. He has traveled the world presenting his plays in the most important international festivals, theaters and competitions. In addition to his work with La Veronal, he is invited by various companies and theaters to develop new creations, always halfway between the performing arts and dance, with particular attention to dramaturgy. Among the youngest choreographers to have received the National Dance Award in Spain, he has built his aesthetic in the wake of the legacy of abstract movement and physical theater by blending them together in a surrealist and dark amalgam. A powerful body language based on the annihilation of all organic logic, dissecting the movement and transforming it into a unique identity. His latest pieces for La Veronal, Voronia (2015) or Pasionaria (2018), reflect today’s human beings with their fears and ability to question the world and their destiny.



Idea, artistic direction and design: Marcos Morau 
Choreography: Marcos Morau in collaboration with the performers 
Performers: Mònica Almirall, Valentin Goniot, Núria Navarra, Lorena Nogal, Shay Partush, Marina Rodríguez 
Text: Carmina S. Belda, Violeta Gil, Celso Giménez 
Assistant director: Mònica Almirall 
Artistic consultations: Roberto Fratini 
Technical direction: David Pascual 
Lighting designer: Bernat Jansà 
Stage manager, machinery, and special effects: David Pascual 
Sound design: Juan Cristóbal Saavedra 
Scenography: Max Glaenzel 
Costumes design: Sílvia Delagneau 
Dressmaking: Ma Carmen Soriano 
Masks: Juan Serrano – Gadget Efectos Especiales 

Production Credits

Production and Logistics: Cristina Goñi
Production management: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo

Co-production: La Veronal, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque e Romaeuropa Festival
With the support of: INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte de España e ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya