SHARP

Sharp” is defined as “having a thin and cutting edge”, but also by “involving a sudden change in direction”. "Sharp" is shrill and penetrating, quick and angry, abrupt and sudden. A sharp pain is felt strongly and in such an intense way that you can only drift off to it.

The idea of this projet began with a documentary about Schizophrenia and the way this disease destroys the affected person and its relatives. The dancer Angel Fernando Mateo finalized a choreography in three levels - Loneliness, Madness and Waking up – which characterize the development of the disease. Each state has been represented by a particular costume. Aliénor Figueiredo dealt with the focus of the work, the defining moment when schizophrenia is discovered, Madness. The inner journey in the split personality starts with moments of crisis, hallucinations and meditations. The schizophrenic gives himself totally up to his illness, while his vision, thoughts and body are spoiled. He indulges himself into this mirror game where things are not what they seem to be and where the border between reality and delirium do not exist anymore. All these mental images are misshaped, moving, cutting and increased. By totally indulging himself to his pain, the exhausted schizophrenic enters the rite of passage which will make him accept his disease.

 

The base of the costume has been made with specific materials, fitted for sports and physical conditions of a repeated choreography. The “broken mirror” elements, falsely sharp and dangerous as the reflection of the psychological disorder were made and added by hand. The two other costumes have been made by Anna Bastús and Sandra Conde and the video directed and produced by Vision Films in parternship with Area Espai Dansa i Creació and Nau Art Barcelona. 

Crédits

The base of the costume has been made with specific materials, fitted for sports and physical conditions of a repeated choreography. The “broken mirror” elements, falsely sharp and dangerous as the reflection of the psychological disorder were made and added by hand. The two other costumes have been made by Anna Bastús and Sandra Conde and the video directed and produced by Vision Films in parternship with Area Espai Dansa i Creació and Nau Art Barcelona. 

© 2015 by Aliénor Figueiredo.