The cultural hall in Santa Catalina Park has been transformed into the rehearsal centre for "Canarii, país adentro" during the summer period, when the space's own programme has taken a brief hiatus. Contemporary dance and roots music come together in Miller in this innovative aesthetic and conceptual proposal that aims to invite the spectator on a sensory and poetic journey through the history of the Islands and which will premiere on the 17th of November in the Cuyás Theatre, where it will have two more performances on the 18th and 19th.
The City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, together with the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, is producing this work, which was created jointly by the founder of Mestisay, Manuel González, and the contemporary dancer and winner of the National Dance Prize, Daniel Abreu. Last Friday, the Councillor for Culture Adrián Santana accompanied them during one of the rehearsals, where he was able to see first-hand the work being carried out to bring the show to life, with the special participation of outstanding Gran Canarian artists such as the singer Olga Cerpa, the timplist Hirahi Afonso and the legendary composer and producer Teddy Bautista.
"Canarii, país adentro" draws an imaginary of the Canary Islands that 'travels' inland until it returns to contemporaneity, represented in the city and synthesised in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as an example of historical progress that connects all the islands of the archipelago. And it does so through music, dance and video-creation, developed on stage thanks to the participation of the dancers Alexa Moya, Dácil González, Rosanna Freda, Nuhacet Guerra, Abián Hernández and Cristian González; as well as the musicians Félix Morales (ethnic instruments), Jairo Cabrera (winds and woodwinds) and Totó Noriega (percussions), who will join Afonso on stage.
"This is a transcendental project that pays clear homage to our identity. A mixed-race identity, an Atlantic identity that is still being built, but which also has its roots in traditional elements in this visual and rhythmic poem which, above all, is an artistic tribute to what we are", said the Councillor for Culture after the rehearsal, who took the opportunity to highlight the talented work carried out by Manuel González and Daniel Abreu.
This stage production crosses the generational barriers between the artists to construct a sonorous narration of very diverse musical symbols that delves into the heterodox identity of the Canary Islands. For this, González has resorted to music and sound environments treasured during his youth from tradition, to which he has added his own compositions. To these are added the musical excellence of Bautista, who will be accompanied on this occasion by Hirahi Afonso. For his part, Abreu, taking this collective score as a starting point, deconstructs choreographic gestures from the roots to reinvent them in an original creative language that is very much his own.
This show, which is also sponsored by LFSound and Macanda Producciones, as well as with the collaboration of the Fundación Canaria de las Artes Escénicas-Teatro Cuyás, the Gabinete Literario and the Fundación Disa, can be enjoyed in all its splendour on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November, always starting at 19:30. Tickets are already available on the theatre's website.