The Neverstarting Story
The Neverstarting Story was a research project by Cristina Blanco, Cuqui Jerez, Amaia Urra and Maria Jerez. In this project they looked for a way of collaborating and working together without arriving to consensus, that is to say, keeping the independence inside itself. The starting point was some common material and questions that had been developed inside a principle of non-property of the ideas. Finally they took the decision to accompany each other in four different directions of work proposed by each of them. They also created in collaboration the video Cinthy Tuloh.
Amaia: Which oxymoron do you like better: “original copy” or “unanimous disagreement”?
Maria: They have nothing to do with each other.
Amaia: Yes, but they are great, aren’t they?
Cuqui: Hey…shouldn’t we start to write the text for the program?
Cris: Yes, let’s start. It’s super late.
Cuqui: So… Sabine needs a 10 line text in which it should be very clear for the audience what the project is about.
María: Ok, from where do we start?
(They think for a while)
Amaia: We should talk about the idea of collaboration and about the exchange of roles, specially the role of directing during the creation process, don’t you think?
Cuqui: Yes, and we should also explain that “The Neverstarting Story” consists of four different pieces directed by each of us and that we are interested in presenting them together because we want the project to be understood as one thing.
Amaia: Yes, because that’s how we’ve created the pieces, all together, at the same time and from shared material.
Cris: Do we specify the order of the pieces or not?
(They think but they don’t take a decision)
Amaia: And most of all we should inform the audience that it’s going to be a long evening, if it starts at 7pm it will end up around… midnight!
Cris: We should also talk a bit about each piece, and say that one of them is a film, don’t you think?
María: Yes but then forget about the 10 lines…
(Cuqui and Amaia write on their computers, Maria and Cris stay thinking)
Cuqui: What do you think of this: “In this project we looked for a way of working together taking four different directions within the project. In general lines “The Neverstarting Story” focuses on the creation of multiple levels of fiction and the search for new codes through the alteration of the use of the objects and the space, to project a new reality in the spectator’s mind”
María: Maybe it’s a bit boring…
Cuqui: Yes, maybe. I don’t know…
María: Ah! I have an idea! We could write the text as a dialogue!
Cris: That would be great!
A project by Cristina Blanco, Cuqui Jerez, Amaia Urra and Maria Jerez in collaboration with Gilles Gentner. Technical direction by Gilles Gentner Produced by Maria Jerez, Cristina Blanco, Cuqui Jerez and Amaia Urra. Co-produced by Consejería Cultural de la Embajada de España en Colombia; Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon – Programme ReRc (résidence de recherche); Beurs- Schouwburg, Brussels; Parc de la Villette (Paris) dans le cadre des Résidences d’artistes; Consejería de Cultura y Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid. Supported by La Mekánica, Barcelona; La Parrala Centro de Creación Escénica de Burgos; Vooruit, Gent; PACT-Zollverein, Essen; Mugatxoan - Arteleku Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia, San Sebastián – Fundação de Serralves, Porto; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Aula de Danza Estrella Casero de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares; Miguel Jerez and Beatriz Quintana.