Compañía Sharon Fridman is a contemporary dance group formed in 2006 and based in Madrid. Directed by israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman, many of its works have been seen in several festivals and countries like France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Colombia, South Korea or Singapur.
His works has been awarded at the Choreography Contest Burgos-New York, Prize ICC Alicia Alonso, Choreographic Contest of Madrid, International Theater and Dance Fair of Huesca, Tanzplatform of Bern or Max Award 2015.
The work of the company is based on three fundamental pillars:
_The language of contact, understood as an existential philosophy implies a conscious relationship, not only with people but also with materials and elements. It is a physical technique, but a spiritual one as well. It allows us to explore the complexities and fragility generated by two bodies as they come together and pull apart. The relationship to gravity and inertia, the game of balance, the freedom of movement…
One of the company’s objectives is exactly that: to investigate contact, to construct and deconstruct it, to polish it, to dig deeper until we discover its essence and then convert it into the main tool for collective communication, in a dramatic language capable of evolving in the hands of the dancers.
_The social dimension of dance. All forms of artistic representation should be accountable to their surroundings, generating alternatives, questioning the system. The company does not think of dance as something foreign to the conflicts that exist in the world. Many of these conflicts are born of a disconnection: with oneself, with the natural world, with each other.
In his choreographies Sharon wish to develop a language that he feels can be a metaphor for the possibilities that we have as human beings- as a community, as bodies, as individuals- to find new channels of communication that can prepare us to find new solutions to conflict.
Dance is a filter that can help us understand what occurs around us, making up for the deficiencies of this world.
_Break the fourth wall. Dance takes place everywhere; it is part of our everyday life. The stage is, traditionally, where the magical moment of encounter between an artistic work and the public takes place. In this sense it is a sacred space… It is a space conceived for representation, a representation that has been perpetuated historically generation after generation.
Now this evolution continues: sometimes on linoleum, sometimes on paved streets, and sometimes on grass or sand. The company’s work explores this line, to force the limits of the fourth wall: how to connect further with the audience, how to incorporate it into the piece, how to make dance a personal experience for them as well.
During its short but prolific lifetime, the following shows have been released by Compañía Sharon Fridman:
Stable, the last creation, a compendium of the Company choreographic creation, performed for the first time in February 2015, within the program Vertigo Global of Vertigo Dance Company at Suzanne Dallal center of Tel Aviv.
Caída libre / Free fall, a choreography for 6 main dancers and 20 local amateur dancers. Co-produced by “Mercat de les Flors” of Barcelona and “Theater im Pfalzbau” of Germany. Premiered in May 2014 at Interplay Festival/Mosaico Danza in Torino. This creation recently obtains the Best Dance Show Max Award 2015 of Spain. Also awarded with the Best Contemporary Dance Proposal Award in 2014 International Theater and Dance Fair of Huesca. This piece is the consolidation of the company artistic line.
Inner, a work of intimate landscapes created in collaboration with the Italian artist Silvia Gribaudi. Spanish critics gave to Inner the second place in the list “Best Dance Shows performed in Madrid during 2013”.
Rizoma, an ecological-site-specific performance with 70 dancers and 10 musicians, joint production with the French Paris Quartier d´été Festival and performed for the First time on July 15th 2012 in Les Invalides and Trocadero.
Al menos dos caras, performed for the First time at the Festival de Otoño en Primavera 2011 (Awarded with the Best Contemporary Dance Proposal Award in 2011 International Theater and Dance Fair of Huesca) and its short version Hasta dónde…?, performed all over the world more than 150 times (Prize ICC Alicia Alonso 2012, Second Prize and Audience Award in Hannover Choreographic Competition 2013, First Prize and Audience Award in the Choreography Contest Burgos-New York 2011).
Carlos & Me, awarded with five prizes at the Choreographic Contest of Madrid, including the Audience Award.
Q Project, its First full-length project, performed by five dancers and performed for the First time in Madrid en Danza Festival.
Shakuff, a play created for a quartet, which was performed in 2010 during the Cartografías de la Danza series, Teatro de Madrid, and Vuelo 6408 (a play where they collaborated with Pisando Ovos, Janet Novas and Nacho Montero companies.
Currently the company is working on its new creation, to be released in late 2016 and entitled All Ways. A circular composition constantly moving for 8 performers exploring the mechanics of collective search for harmony.