Animals is a performance piece that touches base on existing relationships between men, women, and the problems encountered within society through sexual diversity.
Flamenco is used as the main expressive language, Álvaro Ramírez through cante (flamenco singing) and Cristina Hall through dance.
“Due to the experiences we have both encountered in our lives, the theme that takes place in the piece has touched and affected us directly in one way or another.”
Throughout history, various social-historical conditions have contributed to the construction of the man-woman roles. Going back to the prehistoric
era, man was assigned the role of the hunter, and woman as the caretaker of the cavern and of family life. In Judeo-Christian culture, women were
solely the notion of an object. It was not until the Council of Trent when a soul was adjudged to women, who were previously considered human only
in their task of reproduction: a condition only altered by those glorified as virgins or stigmatized as perverse, to get out of the traditional role of being
an object. However, the notion of man was crossed by the religious role nullifying his sensitivity and his feminine side.
One of the texts musicalized by Álvaro is based on a manifesto created by the Chilean homosexual poet Pedro Lemebel, to vindicate the importance
of sexual diversity in today’s society.
With the use of gestures, moments of tension are created within the spectator because it demonstrates the harsh reality of abuse. Depending
on your sexual orientation or gender, society may impose false behaviors or patterns, and here we want to highlight them to break with them and
shed light onto such a dark topic.
The human being is a rational animal, but animal after all.