Compagnie Daniel Fernändez

Polka Dot [in situ] | 2020


Hybrid (S) experimentation (S) in the public or private space

POLKA DOT [in situ] is a solo performance for non-conventional spaces, although it can also be performed in a theatre. The dancer/performer will follow some previous marks, but within these marks he’ll be able to freely interact with the audience and improvise. POLKA DOT [in situ] deals with issues like freedom and control, improvisation and restriction, power and submission.

POLKA DOT [in situ] is based on a study of the dot/line/point and its possibilities both as a reference mark and a starting point for the liberation of the bodies.

POLKA DOT [in situ] is a piece on the control of the masses, movement and body oppression. Actions essentially physical and unspeakably linguistic that put the body into play with itself and with the others. It tears down the walls between representation space and reception space, as both spaces coexist.

A “social choregraphic distancing assistant”, or Master, takes control of the dancer, like a puppet, through instructions (instructions given to the dancer on headphones to internally connect him with his Master) to find out if he can control the masses using the body of an individual (the dancer). Instructions are based on automatic writing to liberate the dancer’s unconsciousness. The dancer’s personal battle is between remaining faithful to the Master’s instructions and previously marked lines and his necessity to maintain distances at the same time that he renders himself to a game of liberated irrationality.

Each performance of POLKA DOT [in situ] is unique because it is created specifically for each space and it reacts to the day’s audioence, and therefore the performance will be different each day.

The audicience will leave the show wondering wether it is the Master who controlled the dancer, or the dancer who actually controlled the Master by making him believe he was being controlled. It is a near-by experience, and experience to initiate an ontological refletion.


Creation 2021/2022

Direction & Intention
Daniel Fernández

Dance (alternately)
Leonardo Jin Sumita, Morgane Michel

Text and Dramaturgy
Sadurní Vergés

Text / Sadurní Vergés

You are alone in front of the crowd, what are you going to do? What do they expect from you?

Do you think you are ready to confront the 4-year-old girl who is watching you right now?

Wouldn’t you like to kiss the grandmother who stopped to see what’s going on?

How is sex with grandmothers? Do you get sexually aroused thinking about for how many years this grandmother has NOT had sex?

Why is summer so hot? How is heat affecting your body right now?

Wouldn’t you like to drink a glass of cold water? But you don’t have any water. People ARE your water. Drink them. Get rid of the heat by drinking people.

There are much more comfortable surfaces to walk on than this one. However, this is the surface where you stand. Your life depends on this surface. But you hate it.

And what about the sky? It would be so nice to fly like a bird! Now rise up and get away from this city, float away from this city, up to the sky, and go to the woods, and in the woods build yourself a cabin, and live there alone in the middle of the woods, away from everything and everybody.

Get away from the 4-year-old girl who is watching you. Get away from the grandmother who hasn’t had sex for years.

Are you tired?

This has just started.

You’ve been shot, you are wounded, a bullet has penetrated your body. But pain doesn’t exist, pain is an invention of your mind. This is what you think while you are bleeding. A large amount of blood is spilling down your body.

There no place for exhaustion. There no place for exhaustion. There no place for exhaustion. There no place for exhaustion. There no place for exhaustion. There no place for exhaustion. There no place for exhaustion.

I’ll sleep when I die.

Dance, otherwise you’ll die. Don’t stop, otherwhise you’ll die. Stillness is death. Movement is life.

Somebody is taking photos and you know you’ll look good on them.

Right now you are live on someone’s Instagram Stories.

This is your last dance on this street. You’ll dance on other occasions and on other streets, but ‘here’ and ‘now’ this is a unique moment. Live this moment with full intensity.

The 4-year-old girl is gone. Do you miss her?

The 3rd World War has just started and your mission is to communicate the news to everyone. Only you know this privileged information.

Now you have to communicate people that your orders are to execute them all. What are you going to do? Will you obey orders or will you be desobedient?

Do you love humanity or do you hate it?

Love everybody with as much hatred as possible. Hate everybody with as much loveliness as possible.

Run. Run. Run. Stop. Fall to the ground. Get up. Fall to the ground. Get up. Fall to the ground. Get up. Fall to the ground. Fall to the ground, dead. D. E. A. D.

The grandmother who hasn’t had sex for years will dream of you tonight.