Joan Català enters the
scene alone, carrying a heavy tree trunk and a zinc bucket over his shoulders.
These objects are his only accessories. The dancer moves his body through an
unusual ballet, guided by the (dis)equilibrium of the large piece of wood. His simple
moves are inspired by his family of blacksmiths – namely the dialogue between men
and tools – as well as traditional Catalan celebrations around masts and towers.
Joan Català delineates
a playground without any tape or physical barrier. He creates a central space
that is both empty and full, and uses the sheer magnetism of curiosity to attract
passersby. He turns around, he leans forward, he carries, he watches… something
is definitely simmering.
Reaching his goal
(which we won’t tell you here!) means he has to rally the troops (you), unite
forces and instill the feeling of solidarity. It is a wonderful metaphor depicting community.
Pelat lifts the barriers
between dance, circus, theater and performance; it blurs the line between spectator and performance. Pelat is
a ritual. It is no longer a spectacle in the word’s literal sense, but more of
Before launching his
solo career, Joan Català worked with numerous companies such as the astonishing
Catalan troupe Fura dels Baus and