Works — Kokoro




Performers: Anna Calsina Forrellad, Nicolas Coutsier, Sergi Parés, Diego Sinniger de Salas
Composer: Josep Baldomà.
Set designer: Xesca Salvà
Light designer: Fabiana Piccoli
Director: Lali Ayguadé

Duration: 60 minutes
Coproduced by Mercat de les Flors and  Temporada alta
With the support of Generalitat de Catalunya and nunArt

Four people in search of their identity

The search for love, its consistency and its absence.
What is our ability or inability to love?
What happens when you are in a state of confusion and
misunderstanding? A reality you do not knowhow to explain?
We are anxious creatures, influenced by poor fellows that confuse
our reason.
Where is perfection? Is it the point where two opposites meet?
A point of balance and fragility at the same time? The road to pure
beauty? Is this the goal of every human being?
Why can we not die without being important? Is it essential to find
meaning to life? Do we believe in angels, gods and paradise for hope?
Sometimes we need to isolate ourselves from the world. Man has
the ability to block out his body and mind, becoming a mechanical
entity. Physical Strength. Gross. Pure and simple.
The terrible thing is enclosed in the beautiful. Life embraces this
great contradiction.
To reach the absurd. We must believe in ourselves even if we
are afraid.
Weakness is great. The strength useless. Things change, modify or
alter… age, degrade. We walk aimlessly but we don’t stop. It is our
fate. Our reason for being. Our identity.

Anna Calsina (1987, Sabadell)

After studying at the ‘Institut del Theatre’ while pursuing Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, Anna started working with Roberto Oliván. From 2008, she moved in  Brussels where she collaborated with artists such as Bruno Caverna and Carlos Pez, Lisi Estarás (Les Ballets C de la B), a co-creation with Sabina Sclarlat (garage29), Boris Gibé, Camille Boitel, James Thierrée, a solo by Claire Ruffin and some short movies with Murielle Felix. Now she develops her own work “Objectif Pluton” with Manah Depauw and Benoit Armange. She is performing in “Monkey Mind” by Lisi Estaras and “When the dogs assailed their masters” by Rootlessroot. Anna started working with Lali Ayguadé in 2014 on the piece “Kokoro” and  “iU an Mi”.

Nick Coutsier (Brussels, 1993)

Nick Coutsier started his dance training at the age of 12, getting in touch with urban dance styles such as hip-hop and house dance. Over the next 5 years, he trained with small hip-hop belgian companies who led him to work as a commercial dancer for music videos and tv-programs in Belgium and France.
After 6 months training in Los Angeles, in 2012, he entered the Artesis Plantijn Royal Conservatory for contemporary dance. Over the course of 3 years study, he got the opportunity to work on creations and repertoire of   many choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Vandekeybus, David Hernandez and Damien Jalet. In 2015, graduated from the conservatory he started working with Lali Ayguadé, performing in the company production “Kokoro”. In 2017, Nick worked with the choreographer and set designer Theo Clinkard in the production “ This Bright Field”, and joined the cast of “Monument 0.4 Lores & Praxes” installation work by Eszter Salomon for the summer tour 2017. He is currently working with Lali Aguadé Company for the production “iU an Mi”.

Sergi Parés (Girona, 1985)

Sergi Parés is a Catalan acrobat and dancer. He got his bachelor in circus arts at DOCH in Stockholm, and his work is often collaborative and research based.
In long term projects, he worked with contemporary circus companies such as Cirkus Cirkör, Un Loup pour l’Homme (Face Nord, Rare Birds) and Compagnie XY (Les Voyages). Later on, Sergi took a leap in the direction of contemporary dance, on projects with Anton Lachky Company (Mind a Gap), Damien Jalet & Erna Ómarsdóttir (Black Marrow – Blædi), Lali Ayguadé (Kokoro).
He often combines touring with teaching masterclasses, or as a regular guest teacher at the circus schools Rogelio Rivel (Barcelona), CRAC – Lomme (Lille), Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art – ACAPA (Tilburg) and the Palestinian Circus School (Birzeit).

Diego Sinniger (Barcelona, 1989)

After a training in Spain in Varium (Barcelona) and Cobosmika Seed (Palamós) in contemporary dance, added to his skills in hip hop, Diego Sinniger is developing its art combining both influences. He’s perfected his technique training in New York and Brussels as well. Among others, he’s worked with artists and companies as Cobosmika, Roser López, Ziomara Hormaetxe as a direction assistant and Lali Ayguadé. Since 2016, he’s started created his own work with pieces as LIOV and DIS·CONNECT. Diego keeps investigating movement through martial arts, circus practice, photography and trekking.

Xesca Salva (Llucmajor, 1978)
Set designer trained at the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona

In 2010-2011, she’s worked at the Plastikart studio (Cesena, Italy) creating and building sets for several projects for Fomeo Castellucci and the Societas Raffaello Sanzio.

She designs space, costumes and light for dance and theatre shows. As a scenographer and/or character designer, Xesca’s worked with different shows for the Corcada Company, Leandre Ribera, La Ruta 40 and in several productions with the Teatre Principal of Palma. As far as space and light design is concerned, she’s collaborated with several choreographers and dancers as Marcos Morau and Lali Ayguadé (2013. Portland – 2015. Kokoro), Manu Rodríguez (2014. Screensaver) and Mariantònia Oliver (2015. Encaixar) among others.

She’s currently working on her own projects with sound installations, as the project Cases, in residency at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (to be premiere at the TNT festival 2017).

JM Baldomà (Lleida 1976)
Musician, Sound Creator and Composer.

JM Baldomà plays piano since he was 4 years old. When he arrived to Barcelona, he soon started to play keyboards in many bands from alternative pop rock scene -recording albums and touring- and at the same time, he studied Audiovisual Communication at UAB and modern harmony, music production and piano at Aula del Liceu and Taller de Musics. He also has been writing, recording and producing original music for dance, stage theater performances, short animation movies and important festivals. He eventually plays grand piano for silent movies at Filmoteca de Catalunya, and does funny dj sessions for kids as DJ Gugugaga-Baboo Experience. In 2017, he released a debut album with his electronic-organic music duo Connectome, and played at Sonar Festival.

Original music produced for Lali Ayguadé Company: LITTLE ME, KOKORO, SABA and DE CAMINO AL OTRO

Fabiana Piccioli
Light designer

Fabiana Piccioli studied philosophy in Rome where she graduated in 1999, while training in ballet and contemporary dance. Between 2000 and 2001 she performed with a few dance companies in Belgium, and from 2002 she was back in Rome for the Romaeuropa Festival where she worked for 3 years as Production Manager. In 2005 she moved to London joining Akram Khan Company as Technical Director and Lighting Designer, touring with the company worldwide. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with many international artists and choreographers as Lighting Designer. Freelance based in London, working at present on a range of different scale projects including dance, theatre, concerts and opera.

Winner of the 2013 Knight of Illumination Award (Best Lighting Design in Dance)