Paraíso — La Veronal, Nuno da Rocha e Marcos Morau
December 12 - December 22
Paraíso — La Veronal, Nuno da Rocha e Marcos Morau
Paraíso is the story of an island. Kalis, a nymph, tells us about her journey with the Ménades who fled the mainland, the fires, the war, and the chaos. Drifting across the sea, Kalis and the Menads eventually arrived on the island, where they created a new society of sharing and conviviality. Recalling ancient times and the images that haunt her, Kalis evokes the ghosts of the past, including the figures of Charon, Eurydice, and Orpheus, before welcoming the Chorus of the Living, a group of newcomers to the island. A dance, like a rite of passage, then takes place among the Ménades to welcome the living, in a celebration of beauty, dreams, and possible worlds.
NUNO DA ROCHA: Composer
MARCOS MORAU: Artistic Director and Choreographer
PEDRO NEVES: Maestro
CLÉMENT BONDU: Libretto
EDUARDA MELO: Soprano
ANDRÉ HENCLEEDAY: Rehearsal Pianist
MARC SALICRÚ: Scenography and Light Design
NUNO DA ROCHA, ANDRÉ HENCLEEDAY, PAULO BERNARDINO, JOÃO SILVA, RAQUEL REIS, MARCO FERNANDES: Musicians
LORENA NOGAL, SHAY PARTUSH, ESTER GONÇALVES, EMANUEL SANTOS, MARGARIDA BELO COSTA: Dancers
About Nuno da Rocha
Nuno da Rocha (b. 1986) studied Composition with Vasco Mendonça, Carlos Marecos, Luís Tinoco, Carlos Caires and António Pinho Vargas. In February 2011 he wrote music for the exhibition “A kills B – action imagery, Ifigénia and Isaac”, presented at the Modern Art Center of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Rocha won the 3rd Prize in the Composition Contest at SPA / RTP (September 2012) with the play “O que será do rio semJohn Cage?” for the Baroque Orchestra; premiered by Divino Sospiro (director Massimo Mazzeo) at the Festival Jovens Músicos 2012. He was selected for the TENSO Young Composers Workshop 2014 in May 2014 in Belgium. In this workshop he worked with the Danish Radio VokalEnsemblet choir, with the conductor/composer James Wood and with the composer Leo Samama. Then, participated in a 2nd phase in Riga (Latvia) in October 2014 and was a finalist for the TENSO Award 2014 in Copenhagen (Denmark) in November 2014. Rocha was selected for the workshop “Composing for Voice” of the ENOA network, directed by composer Magnus Lindberg and soprano Barbara Hannigan. This workshop resulted with the premiere of his “I could not think of thee as piecèd rot” piece (September 2014), performed by the Gulbenkian Orchestra and by soprano Inês Simões, under the direction of Magnus Lindberg. In 2015, Nuno da Rocha was the Young Composer in Residence at Casa da Música (Porto). Through this residency 3 new commissions were developed: a work for the Trio Portucale, another for the REMIX Ensemble and other for the Casa da Música Symphonic Orchestra. In June 2016 he was one of the resident composers of the “Song and Creation Residency”, promoted by the Academy of the Festival of Aix-en-Provence (France). During this residency, Rocha presented “ECCE PUER” piece, created for mezzo-soprano, baritone and prepared piano. In November 2016 he released his first monographic album (“Mesmo que faça frio”), which brings together all his works for white voices. He was one of the nominated composers for the TOTEM (Théâtre Opéra Texte et Écriture musicale) 2017-18, organized by the Festival d’ Avignon (France). For this meeting Nuno da Rocha wrote the music for two small chamber operas. In October 2019, his second monographic album (“O que ser do rio”) was released with all his works for baroque orchestra (Divino Sospiro, Massimo Mazzeo – mpmp publisher). In December 2019 his piece “RESTART” received the 1st Prize in the Arts Society Composition Competition – London. In January 2020 his piece “INFERNO” was premiered, for Choir, Orchestra and Multi-instrumentalist. The work was commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the São Paulo State Symphonic Orchestra. The play will be repeated in São Paulo (Brazil) on October 16, 17 and 18, 2023. Nuno da Rocha is a doctoral candidate in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London (UK) – 2018-2022.
About Marcos Morau
Marcos Morau (Valencia, Spain, 1982) studied choreography at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia and Movement Research in New York, obtaining the highest score on the final project and the extraordinary award of the Institut del Teatre. He made his choreographic assistantship project in the Nederlands Dans Theater II and the company IT Dansa directed by Catherine Allard. His artistic skills are not limited to dance but extended into disciplines such as photography and drama, studying the Master in Theory of Drama. In addition to the direction of his company La Veronal – founded in 2005 – he also created pieces for the National Dance Company of Spain, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Skånes Dansteater, Göteborg Operans Danskompani, Ballet de Lorraine or Carte Blanche Norway, among others. Morau’s artistic project lies in the constant search for new expressive supports and cultural references such as cinema, literature, and photography that give substance to a surprising narrative language.