Saturday 08Jun24


1 Shows
08 Jun 20:00 h.
 Teatro Guimerá ()

The FAM Festival (Arts and Movement Festival) is bringing the show Sonoma by La Veronal Company, headed by National Dance Award winner Marcos Morau, to Teatro Guimerá.


Sonoma is a word that you will not find in a dictionary. It is, however, built with morphemes from Greek (soma, meaning body) and Latin (sonum, meaning soundto signify the body of sound and sound of the body.


Today, we live history in a rush: so quickly and in such a hurry that we can hardly keep up. People no longer know what is happening. To put it another way, we are falling forward, and we shout during that accelerated fall as if we were on a roller coaster. Sonoma could be that the sound of a falling body; the human fury that arises from continuing to believe that we are alive; that we are still awake.


Therefore, Sonoma is the shout of the person who is subjected to that frenetic pace, at the limits of existence, from which the body's primitive howl emerges; the struggle of humanity to survive and to feel alive, to exist, even if it is at or beyond the limits of reality.


Sonoma is the certainty that the virtual and digital worlds can be surpassed only by a return to the origin. Marcos Morau has further developed the essential ideas of the piece he created in 2016 for Ballet de Lorraine:  "Le Surréalisme au service de la Révolution". Based on Luis Buñuel, it is set in his hometown of Calanda in the Middle Ages and in cosmopolitan Paris, and the plot deals with Jesuit discipline and surrealist liberty. The whole of that microcosmos is developed and expanded in Sonoma for Morau's project with the dance company La Veronal.


Sonoma emerged from the need to return to the origin, to the body, to the flesh. And, starting with flesh and organic material, going on to lose oneself in a journey between dreams and fiction where the human meets the extraordinary. It is a means of making the most everyday things seem strange; refusing to construct meanings; letting signals take root and acquire meaning on their own; communicating with the most irrational layers of any human being, where what is united pleads to become separate, and what is separate always seeks to become united anew.


Sonoma has another meaning in its original language: valley of the moon. Legend has it that the moon nestles within its plains when it sets each night. There, the shouts, howls, and thundering drums form a hypnotic pulse, like that of a nursery rhyme, which, rather than overexciting us, keeps us company and soothes us.


Buñuel has never been as closely related to current events as he is today. He foresaw clearly what the future held for us when he used the noise of thousands of drummers who are part of Easter celebrations in Calanda and the southern part of the province of Aragon as a shout that hits you with the force of punch in the guts. Because Buñuel was here, listening to the sound of the abyss that opens when human imagination is free but people are not.

Idea and artistic direction: Marcos Morau

Choreography: Marcos Morau in collaboration with the performers

Artists: Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong, Ariadna Montfort, Núria Navarra, Àngela Boix, Laia Duran, Anna Hierro and Alba Barral

Text: El Conde de Torrefiel, La Tristura and Carmina S. Belda

Repetiteurs: Estela Merlos and Alba Barral

Dramaturgical advising: Roberto Fratini

Vocal assistant: Mònica Almirall

Technical direction and lighting design: Bernat Jansà

Stage manager, machinery and special effects: David Pascual

Sound design: Juan Cristóbal Saavedra

Voice: María Pardo

Scenography: Bernat Jansà and David Pascual

Costume design: Silvia Delagneau

Tailoring: Mª Carmen Soriano

Hats: Nina Pawlowsky

Masks: Juan Serrano - Gadget Efectos Especiales

Giant: Martí Doy

Props: Mirko Zeni

Production and logistics: Cristina Goñi Adot

Production management: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo

Co-production: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Tanz im August/ HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Grec 2020 Festival de Barcelona - Institut de Cultura Ajuntament de Barcelona, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Theater Freiburg, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque, Mercat de les Flors, Temporada Alta and Hessisches Staatsballett in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main


With the collaboration of Graner - Fàbriques de Creació and Teatre L'Artesà


Beneficiary project of the cross-border cooperation project PYRENART, within the framework of the Interreg VA Spain-France-Andorra POCTEFA 2014-2020 - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme.


With the support of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music – Spain's Ministry of Culture and Sports and ICEC - the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya.


Proyecto beneficiario del proyecto de cooperación transfronterizo PYRENART, dentro del marco del programa Interreg VA España-Francia-Andorra POCTEFA 2014-2020 - Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER)

Con el apoyo de INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte de España e ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Sat 08Jun24
Teatro Guimerá