Contemporary circus, performance and visual arts
(in creation 2020)
Project supported by the Colombian Ministry of Culture
"Blizzards of icy air run on a spring day over a field of blooming cattleyas. The dreaming mind flickers as a cloud of pollen envelops it, materializing the nascent and ancestral Murasaki. The dream party lasts a whole cycle. Between birth and death, red and demonic nightmares embellish the feast that enters through the mouth and shines with the fall of the first autumn leaf. The bleeding fruit reaches the ground and melts sticky like a cold snowflake, like the deep blue winter ... purple like death.
The black emptiness floods the dreaming mind ... soft shapes are drawn as sketches of new creations. And the being of feathers is born, the white Tsuru, who continues her flight to the sun. ... Then the dreaming mind wakes up and the cattleya dies".
"Wax statues, perfect immortals, fragile and empty"
(Andrea Paola, 2016)
Murasaki, Japanese word that means violet and Cattleya, specie of orchid typical of Colombia, are the protagonists of this creation. The work transits through the dream of orchids, place where Murasaki is born; a violet and reddish cattleya that lives an entire cycle from birth to death during the 4 seasons of the year, mutating from one essence to another in its development.
Murasaki is a woman, demon, goddess, flower, crane, snow. She´s the irrefutable phases of life and death of nature. She´s is cyclical, ancestral, she´s not governed by the parameters of rationality and ordinary logic, she does not respect aesthetics or definition. She is a contradiction: beauty, ugliness, light, darkness, goddess, demon, goodness, evil, heaven, earth, sublime, earthly, heat, cold, calm, storm, peace, terror, creation, destruction.
Murasaki is a dreamlike and floral journey into the depths of the collective unconscious from which the archetypes of the feminine, life, death and its metaphorical expression emerge through the ephemeral life of flowers. It is also a symbol of what lies beyond the cycles. It is the transition to essence, the liberation of the wheel of Samsara.
Original idea, direction and interpreter: Andrea Paola Martínez
Genre: contemporary circus, performance and video art
Duration: 50 minutes one-person performance
Circus techniques: fan manipulation, inverted equilibria, contortion, capillary suspension, aerobatics (with ropes and mesh).
Japanese-inspired techniques: Butoh dance (the dance of darkness), Kabuki dance, Haiku (16-syllable poems), Japanese tales, singing, Shibari (body attachment technique for sexual intercourse and torture), body background and gesture of the Geishas, Cha-no-yu (tea ceremony). Technology: video art, audiovisual projection, sound design and lighting-environments
Public: over 8 years old
Audiovisual: Cassetto Visual Arts
Work in progress, December 12, 2019, Bogotá, Colombia