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To Imagine the World

Lecture by Cesc Gelabert

Debate

The dancer and choreographer Cesc Gelabert, pioneer of contemporary dance in Catalunya, analyzes the conditions and capacities involved in the creation process.

Creation happens in an instant, with no ties. What matters is being situated, available, and inspired. In turn, situation, availability, and inspiration are fruit of experience, familiarity and concentration. There are many ways of being situated, as both people and circumstances. Some people live in very tidy houses and others in chaos; some live in hotels and some have to be nomads. For Gelabert, being situated means being in a place that is productive for oneself. It does not mean a physical situation: the important situation is mental and emotional. Good improvisation, for example, is only possible when we have a clear proposal or framework of reference so that there is hardly any need to think about it. If we are stressed, in the wrong place, drowning in doubt, and overwhelmed by responsibility, it is very difficult for the imagination to be fertile. Imagination must keep training. It needs good muscle tone.

For Cesc Gelabert, it is essential that emotions and mind should dwell in the body to open up channels to a fertile imagination.

Presenters: Judit Carrera

Participants: Cesc Gelabert

This activity is part of To Imagine the World

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Lecture by Cesc Gelabert

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