La Veronal

The following performances are omitted due to the new Corona measures

Sat 7.11. | 7 pm - German Premiere
Sun 8.11. | 7 pm
Staatstheater Darmstadt – Kleines Haus

Language no problem
Length: 75 min.

The neologism Sonoma from the Greek "soma" (body) and the Latin "sonum" (sound) refers to "bodies of sound". It could be the sound of the body when it falls, or the cry that arises from its primitive howling. In the indigenous language of native Californians, "Sonoma" means "valley of the moon. According to myth, the moon nestles on its plains every night. There, the calls, the cries and the beating of drums form a hypnotic pulse, like that of a lullaby.

In Sonoma, Marcos Morau and his company La Veronal adapt key concepts of his earlier piece "Le Surréalisme au Service de la Révolution", which was created in 2016 at the Ballet de Lorraine. The piece traced the life of Luis Buñuel between his upbringing in medieval Calanda and his later career in cosmopolitan Paris and described the tension in his development between Jesuit discipline and surreal freedom.

Sonoma is born of the necessity to return to the origins of the body, to its flesh. On this journey between sleep and fiction, humanity is lost and encounters the extraordinary.

Inspired by Buñuel, La Veronal listens to the sound of the abyss that opens when imagination, unlike humanity, is free.

Idea and artistic direction: Marcos Morau
Choreography: Marcos Morau in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Lorena Nogal, Marina Rodríguez, Sau-Ching Wong, Ariadna Montfort, Núria Navarra, Àngela Boix, Laia Duran, Anna Hierro, Alba Barral
Text: El Conde de Torrefiel, La Tristura and Carmina S. Belda
Répétiteurs: Estela Merlos and Alba Barral
Artistic and dramaturgical advice: Roberto Fratini
Vocal assistant: Mònica Almirall
Technical direction and Lighting design: Bernat Jansà
Stage manager, props and special effects: David Pascual
Sound design: Juan Cristóbal Saavedra
Voice: María Pardo
Set design: Bernat Jansà and David Pascual
Costumes design: Silvia Delagneau
Dressmaking: Mª Carmen Soriano
Millinery: Nina Pawlowsky
Masks: Juan Serrano – Gadget Efectos Especiales
Giant maker: Martí Doy
Props: Mirko Zeni
Production and logistics: Cristina Goñi Adot
Production direction: Juan Manuel Gil Galindo


Coproduction: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Tanz im August/ HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Grec 2020 Festival de Barcelona – Institut de Cultura Ajuntament de Barcelona, Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Theater Freiburg, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Sadler’s Wells, Mercat de les Flors, Temporada Alta, Hessisches Staatsballett im Rahmen der Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. In collaboration with

Graner – Fàbriques de Creació and Teatre L’Artesà. Beneficiary project of the PYRENART cross-border cooperation project, as part of the Interreg VA program Spain-France-Andorra POCTEFA 2014-2020 - European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). With the support of INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte de España and ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.


Photos: Alfred Mauve & Alex Font