QUASIMODO is a free adaptation of Butoh dance around the literary work of Victor Hugo, the universal Notre-Dame de Paris. This work regains the organ as one of the most symbolic and forgotten instruments of Western European music (with all its religious connotations) to join Butoh dance, one of the most avant-garde manifestations of contemporary art. This combo makes QUASIMODO a chimeric work, between the avant-garde and baroque. QUASIMODO is the work of the Butoh dance artist Orland Verdú and of the Japanese composer Keiko Fujiie who, besides playing the organ in direct during the performance, penetrates into the performance in the role of Esmeralda with other instruments. The work also investigates the mask theater (influence of the Noh Theater) and the live performance.
The scenic proposal goes deep into the duality of romance between beauty and ugliness and the impossibility of reconciling these polarities through the tragic history of their characters. The body of QUASIMODO is deformed, hardly human. It recalls the bodies that have suffered malformations due to genetic causes, or by wars or accidents. The work explores the possibilities of movement of these broken bodies that society marginalize and condemns for being different. In this sense, the work deals with the sense of beauty, even in a tragic sense.
Original Idea: ORLAND VERDÚ & KEIKO FUJIIE, Dance: ORLAND VERDÚ, Live Music: KEIKO FUJIIE, Lights & Photography JUSTIN P BROWN & RUTH MORATA, Video JORDI ARQUÉ.