In these cold, rainy winter months, RAIZVANGUARDA has the pleasure of hosting the spanish dance-performance group Meraki Cía.
Tell us about your group.
Meraki Cia is an emergent contemporary-urban dance company, located in Asturias, Spain, formed by dancers from different backgrounds whose aim is to find a common language to express with. Meraki (μεράκι) means “the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work”.
As a company, Lucas Garcia, who comes from bboying, Paula Castañon, who comes from hip-hop and contemporary dance, and Olimpia Oyonarte, from Flamenco, try to develop and to investigate the exchange between these disciplines. Looking for the similarities, but never forgetting their own paths, they try to create their own vocabulary.
What attracted you to come to RV as a resident?
We met the RV team at the 2017 Transiberica Network’s meeting and when they showed us this place we thought it would be a really interesting and inspiring experience working there. We are really interested in working in rural and nonconventional spaces and we were amazed by this rural space which had become an artistic residency point where many different artists come to develop their projects. We are also really interested in meeting and networking with many different people.
Where are you from? Tell us about your educational background?
We are from Spain. From the north and from the south of the country.
Lucas, graduated in Tourism, has been learning contemporary dance at Zig Zag Danza, in Gijón, and bboying by himself. Paula studied Psychology at the University of Oviedo and Classical Dance at the Conservatory of Gijon. Together, they had attended many contemporary dance workshops around Europe.
Olimpia studied Spanish Dance and Flamenco at the Conservatory of Málaga and Granada. She also has got a Master in Scenic Arts from the University of Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.
In which field of art do you work?
We work in dance and for us, the most important thing is to communicate and cooperate with the other. For that reason, we try to explore the exchange between our disciplines and share our ideas in common.
Tell us about the project you’re working on here in RV.
“Amalgama. Image, sound and movement”, is a multidisciplinary project that explores the exchange between flamenco, breakdance, contemporary dance, and technology.
It is a dance piece, but also an installation and an audiovisual project.
Right now we have already finished 2 parts of the whole creation. Movement and sound were developed in past residencies at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial and Espacio Tangente.
What do you like the most about RV?
RV is such an amazing place for working. It is a calm place, away from the noisy streets of the city. It is also an incredible space for getting inspired thanks to the nature that surrounds it.