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NIJINSKY / ANIMAL
‘ANIMA ANIMAL’, Herman Cornejo’s first production
In 2021 Herman Cornejo received a scholarship from the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University for his proposal “Re-imagining Nijinsky” to research a ballet called “Caaporá”, which takes up an indigenous Guarani legend about the mythical origin of a bird called Urutaú and that was Vaslav Nijinsky’s last professional object of interest.
“Caaporá” was written in 1915 by two Argentinian intellectuals, Alfredo González Garaño and Ricardo Güiraldes, with all its staging references. This choreographic project was at the time proposed to Vaslav Nijinsky during his last trip to the Southern Cone with Les Ballet Russes (no one knew at that time the audience in Uruguay would be witnessing his final performance on stage). The Ukrainian dancer was very interested in moving towards its realization -and even appointed Igor Stravinsky to make the music for it, but sadly he was later hospitalized, and immediately afterward he was forced to retire from dancing.
As part of his scholarship, Herman researched the different aspects of the legend of the Urutaú as there are several versions..
On the one hand, he learned about the beliefs and worldview of the Guarani tribe in Argentina and Paraguay, and the historical and cultural circumstances in Argentina at the beginning of the 20th century that laid the foundation for the creation of a ballet that aimed to be perceived as “indigenous,” as well as its aesthetic connections to the modernism of Les Ballet Russes and Nijinsky’s particular style of dance. On the other hand, this helped him to imagine new choreography, and, consequently, a brand new complete piece of dance, which he brought to life with the celebrated Argentinian choreographer Anabella Tuliano.
During his research of the different indigenous tribes' religiousness, Herman found an underlying similarity in the concept of nature as an inextricable part of a universal balance that human beings need to embrace lovingly and to respect, for they are also a part of nature. The other concept that would constantly emerge was the permanent presence, and the fear of, an evil force that everyone must face sooner or later. In most legends,
this usually would come in the shape of a moral dilemma between good and bad, and a definition of such, in the midst of a life-changing experience.
In this process, Herman came across a phrase that really stuck with him: “Delve into the past to create your future”. It was in this way that his research served as a springboard to reinvent the story and make a reflect on the constant crisis of our modern humanity, whose complexity has currently put our survival as a species into serious question.
Herman wrote it himself as follows: “I felt the need to create a piece where not only the characters could communicate an ethical standpoint through movement, I also wanted ‘the Earth’ to have a voice, to flow through music and be a protagonist. Guarani culture inspired me to think about the difficulties of the present moment through a new, more mystical lens, and the urgent need to rethink the relationship between human beings and of humans with nature”.
Inspired by Nijinsky 's last artistic object of interest, reimagined by Herman Cornejo and choreographed by Anabella Tuliano to an original score by musicians Uji and Noelia Escalzo.
Herman Cornejo will lead the piece, accompanied on stage by Grupo Cadabra, the acclaimed Argentinian contemporary dance company created and directed by Anabella Tuliano.
Herman Cornejo's performance during the premiere
of Anima Animal at the Teatro Del Bicentenario
de San Juan was made possible by
Nicole Boutmy of Katzmann, sponsor of the artist and godmother of the project.
Diego Radivoy, for producing the film of the world premiere.
Madeline Eckett Oden and Jane Bieber, for your generous donation to make the film.
Anabella Tuliano / Choreographer
MEET the TEAM
Luis Maurette “UJI” / Composer
Escalzo / Composer
Anabella Tuliano is a choreographer, teacher, lawyer with a degree from the University of Buenos Aires.
She is the Director and founder of the dance group Compañía Cadabra and has been distinguished with the Elena Smirnova Award for Revelation in Contemporary Dance. Among her works as a choreographer for Grupo Cadabra,are “Domestícame"(2011), “Cadabra"(2011), "No te duermas vencido" (2014), “Idaki” (2015), “Lo que tenía que ser” (2017) and "Coraje!" (2021).
She created the piece “Infima Constante” for the Contemporary Ballet of Teatro San Martín (Buenos Aires), under the direction of Mauricio Wainrot, which received it’s premiere in 2013 at the Martín Coronado Hall and was revived in 2016 at the Veinticinco de Mayo Theater.
She has created special pieces for some of the most relevant figures of ballet in Argentina. She choreographed two pieces, "Conversaciones" and "La Pregunta," for the Buenos Aires Ballet, under the direction of Teatro Colón principal dancer Federico Fernández. She created the piece "Eclypse" for Nadia Muzyca and Federico Fernández, both principal dancers at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She created the piece “El abrazo” for principal dancer Eleonora Cassano.
She created a solo based on the legend of the Urutaú inspired by the ballet “Caaporá”, written by Güiraldes and Gonzalez Garaño, for American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Herman Cornejo.
She choreographed the contemporary solos for the Ukrainian-Argentinian dancer Nicolai Gorodiskii for his bronze-medal winning participation at the Varna International Ballet Competition, (bronze medal) and for dancer Paloma Ramírez’s participation at the Latinamerican Selection of the Prix de Lausanne.
She has been a guest teacher at the Contemporary Dance Festival of Buenos Aires (2015) and at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) on the subject of Choreographic Composition (2017).
She was a teacher at the Arte XXI contemporary dance school, and is a member of the Domus studio staff in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is frequently appears as a juror in different national and international dance competitions (Danzamerica, National Competition of the Paraguayan Dance Council, Promodanca Brasil, Promodanca Canada, and Cloche International, among others). She teaches contemporary dance seminars in Argentina and abroad.
Uji is one of the most unique and cutting-edge electronic music producers in South America.
His trance-inducing compositions fuse indigenous and natural soundscapes with the design and aesthetics of the sound of modern dance music.
Inspired by his nomadic upbringing throughout the American continent, he has spent the last 17 years delving more deeply into the ancestral traditions of South America as an ethnomusicologist and documentalist.
In 2000 he began to work with electronics with Lulacruza, a pioneering electronic folk duo active between 2005 and 2016. With his acclaimed debut solo album, Alborada (ZZK 2018), as well as his EP Marimbas del Guapi (2020) with legends of Colombian folklore Los Hermanos Torres, Uji has expanded his research on the evolution of folklore: ancient regional customs in dialogue with our modern times and rituals.
His powerful and energetic live performances have taken him on extensive tours throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America, playing in prestigious festivals such as ADE in Amsterdam and Mutek Montreal.
He is currently working on his second long-length album. Colombian director Carlos Rivera published a short film documentary about his latest work, "Ser Tiempo," in October 2020, which premiered at the Kronos Festival in Barcelona.
Noelia Escalzo has a degree in Musical Composition and a degree as a Professor in Musical Composition, and also she graduated from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She also graduated as a youth orchestra and choir conductor from the National University of Avellaneda, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She has been a conductor for the National Program of Youth Orchestras and Choirs of the Ministry of Education of Argentina.
She was the founder and director of the musical social project Youth Ensemble 413 for children and teens at risk in Argentina.
Her works have been premiered in Argentina, the United States, Ecuador, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Mexico, and more by orchestras such as the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Colombia, Youth Orchestra of Mexico, Salta Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of San Juan. She composed exclusive pieces for international soloists such as Lewis Lipnick, James William, Patricio Cosentino, Premysl Vojta, Oystein Baadwick, Sergio Puccini, Heike Mathiessen, Jaime Morales, Lito Fontana.
She is a winner of the TROMBONANZA 2014 International Composition Competition with her Tromborerá work, which was premiered by eight of the world’s most outstanding
trombone soloists worldwide.
She is the composer of the first Concerto, for contraforte and symphony orchestra, in history called “Tango Fantasy”, commissioned by the main contrabassoon Maestro Lewis Lipnick of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington.
She is the composer of a folkloric ballet for symphonic orchestra called “Juana Azurduy en la Gloria de Güemes”, commissioned by the Salta Symphony Orchestra, for the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Independence of Argentina.
She was named a REVELATION COMPOSER in Radio Nacional Clásica’s “NATIONAL AWARDS CLASSIC 2022” in Argentina.
Photo: Antonio Fresco
GRUPO CADABRA / Company
Grupo Cadabra, under the direction of Anabella Tuliano, is an independent Argentinian company with a 12 year history.
In 2011, they premiered the pieces “Domestícame” and “Cadabra”. That year they were invited to Asunción (Paraguay) twice, where they performed at the Paraguayan-Japanese Center and at the Ignacio A. Pane Theater.
In 2014 they appeared at the prestigious Teatro Independencia in Mendoza with their third piece, "No te duermas vencido", and in December 2015, they celebrated their four- year anniversary with a gala at the Maipo Theater in Buenos Aires.
In 2016 they participated in the Gala Danzamérica with the piece "Idaki", based on music by Astor Piazzolla.
In 2017, they performed a preview performance of the work “Lo que tenía que ser" in the cycle “Tuesdays of Dance”, produced by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, awhich received it’s official premiere in December of the same year to a full house at the Maipo Theater.
In 2018, the Company opened the annual program of the Teatro Bicentenario de San Juan and at the Teatro Plaza (Godoy Cruz, Mendoza). Later that same year they performed in Resistencia, Chaco, an arrangement that was declared to be of General Interest by the Provincial Senate. They also took part in the Buenos Aires Contemporary Dance Festival at the Parque Centenario Amphitheater.
In 2019 the company was part of the Marianela Nuñez Gala program in the San Martín, province of Buenos Aires, along with the most prestigious companies in Argentina.
Grupo Cadabra has been selected on more than one occasion by the Argentine Dance Council to integrate the International Dance Day program (sponsored by UNESCO). They have participated in the “Danzar por la Paz” fundraising event, directed by Leonardo Reale and sponsored by Unicef. They have danced at the Cervantes National Theater, and at the General San Martín Theater, and toured during 2020 to the cities of Córdoba, Rosario and Rafaela. They have also been invited to dance with the Buenos Aires Ballet, directed by Federico Fernández, principal dancer at the company of Teatro Colón.
In 2021, they celebrated their ten-year anniversary at Maipo Theater in Buenos Aires with a performance that included repertory highlights as well as two premieres of their new
piece "Coraje!". That same year, they performed “Lo que tenía que ser” at Teatro El Circulo in Rosario and at the Teatro 25 de Mayo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
In 2022 the Compny was declared of cultural interest by File 2154 before the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires by deputy Maria Luisa Gonzalez Estevarena.
ANIMA ANIMAL Premiere on December 2022
at the Main Concert Hall of the internationally acclaimed Teatro del Bicentenario in San Juan, Argentina.