“The Mountain, The Truth and The Paradise”: the key of dreams

«The Mountain, The Truth and The Paradise»: la clef des songes

Photo: Tristan Perez Martin
Between two speeches, Pep Ramis book a dance of personal made up of imbalances and shifts sensitive to the ground; punctuated also by its not slamming in a crazy round.

Compose a solo as one would think a pilgrimage to the staff through inner landscapes. And make visible these landscapes by simply using the voice, words and movement, passing of the great fireworks show. This is the game that engages the catalan artist Pep Ramis in The Mountain, The Truth and The Paradise, a work filled with images and symbols carried out in subtlety.

On a surface covered with a fine white powder, a sort of square of sand desert, a man grey-haired in a black suit comes forward with delicacy. His hand runs through his own back as if it was independent of the rest of his body. The strange image opens a door to a world of dream in which evolves on a time a character half-goblin, half-poet. Based on the prose of the Italian poet Erri de Luca — delivered in a French accent to a Spanish-speaking —, it raises the assumption that there is a creator. A superior force with which he seems to want to communicate, then caught in a sort of limbo, and that will manifest itself by sending a pair of shoes to continue his journey.

Between two word — words half-spoken and half-sung manner crooner —, Pep Ramis book a dance of personal made up of imbalances and shifts sensitive to the ground ; punctuated also by its not slamming in a crazy round, which flit the white powder that evaporates from the ground in smoke. By mimicry, clowning and childish, his character is through the fourth wall a complicity in his escapades.

The absurd and the magic

On the bottom of an old pop song, the man is agitated, and then screwed a hat of a pilgrim on his head to go in search of their own paradise. A space where it becomes a man-wolf howling at the moon, leading us to take a step further into the dark forest of his dreams, where the culmination of this quest yet opaque escapes.

Leaving the sand box to install behind a drawing board, the performer shows live a fable allegory on the quest for truth, tracing figures that metamorphose over the course of the story narrated. Projected in the background of the scene, the silhouette of a bird becomes the face of a man, who himself becomes the top of a mountain. In this pivotal moment of the piece, which delivers a kind of key of dreams, the artist mixes the magic of the absurd while asking a postulate of philosophy on the formation and fall of civilizations.

A certain charm emanates from this solo to the keys of the surreal and mystical. Here the dance, delivered in a modest way, by Pep Ramis, wins many to be linked with drawing and singing to help guide in the journey of this fable personal.

The Mountain, The Truth and The Paradise

A creation and with Pep Ramis (Mal Pelo). Presented at the Agora de la danse, until the 24th of November to the Building Wilder – Espace danse.

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