Collaborations

Champion 2014

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COLLABORATIONS

Txapeldun – Organik Dantza-Antzerki

Collaboration in dramaturgy and text

2014

What does it mean to be a champion? Why do we want to win?

Txapeldun portrays the multiple experiences of a champion. It tells us not only about the moments of glory and victory, but also about those of loneliness, pressure, fear and fragility. Instants of intense irony are thus intertwined with others of great sensitivity. What does it mean to be a champion? Why do we want to win?

Synopsis

Based on the figure of a champion in the Basque Country, the herri kirolak, or rural sports, are brought on stage, Basque Pelota takes the lead role as the king of sports. This figure is extrapolated not only to sports in general but to any event in which the objective is to win.

In this way, we are not merely referring to the sporting champion, but we are universalizing the champion. In Txapeldun we question why we all want to stand out at something, why it is so important to be recognized by others. From a young age we learn by achieving small successes which are praised by those older than us. Could it be that winning (regardless of what) stimulates the production of dopamine, the hormone which brings such happiness? And who doesn’t like to win (still regardless of what)?

Cast and crew list

Concept and direction
Natalia Monge

Acting
Eneko Balerdi

Collective creation
Director actor and collaborators

Original music
Kepa Junkera

Dramaturgy
Pont Flotant

Texts
Organik and Pont Flotant

Bertso
Fredi Paia

Lighting design
Oscar Grijalba

Photography
Bubu

Technical and graphic design
Marc Cano

Costume and production
Organik

Video
Maialen Sarasua and Ana F. Henry (Suabe suabe dreams in motion)

Distribution
Portal 71

Finance
Basque Government

Collaborators
Ayuntamiento of Sopelana and Ayuntamiento of Urduliz

With thanks to
Fredi Paia, Ainhoa Ara, Maialen Sarasua, Olatz Gonzalez, Jexux Mari Mújica, Jesus Olaizola “Agite”, Mikel Berasaluce, Unai Ardeo (Herri Kirol Taldea Getxo), Gonzalo Ruiz, Judit Ruiz, María Martín, Helena Golab, Fernando Barado, Pilar Andrés, Asier Bilbao, Xabier Juaristi.

Synopsis

Based on the figure of a champion in the Basque Country, the herri kirolak, or rural sports, are brought on stage, Basque Pelota takes the lead role as the king of sports. This figure is extrapolated not only to sports in general but to any event in which the objective is to win.

In this way, we are not merely referring to the sporting champion, but we are universalizing the champion. In Txapeldun we question why we all want to stand out at something, why it is so important to be recognized by others. From a young age we learn by achieving small successes which are praised by those older than us. Could it be that winning (regardless of what) stimulates the production of dopamine, the hormone which brings such happiness? And who doesn’t like to win (still regardless of what)?

Cast and crew list

Concept and direction
Natalia Monge

Acting
Eneko Balerdi

Collective creation
Director actor and collaborators

Original music
Kepa Junkera

Dramaturgy
Pont Flotant

Texts
Organik y Pont Flotant

Bertso
Fredi Paia

Lighting design
Oscar Grijalba

Photography
Bubu

Technical and graphic design
Marc Cano

Costume and production
Organik

Video
Maialen Sarasua and Ana F. Henry (Suabe suabe dreams in motion)

Distribution
Portal 71

Finance
Basque Government

Collaborators
Ayuntamiento of Sopelana and Ayuntamiento of Urduliz

With thanks to
Fredi Paia, Ainhoa Ara, Maialen Sarasua, Olatz Gonzalez, Jexux Mari Mújica, Jesus Olaizola “Agite”, Mikel Berasaluce, Unai Ardeo (Herri Kirol Taldea Getxo), Gonzalo Ruiz, Judit Ruiz, María Martín, Helena Golab, Fernando Barado, Pilar Andrés, Asier Bilbao, Xabier Juaristi.