Marcat Dance company (ES)

Choreography by Mario Bermudez Gil (ES)

Duration: 30 minutes

Garip was first created and performed as a ten-minute trio in 2019 and received First Prize in Choreography from Burgos-New York International Choreography Contest. Building upon the demand of this piece,  Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil used his ACASA residency to extend the 10 minute piece into a 30 minute half-evening length work. Garip is a wild, fanatical trio whose characters become a tribe of the same shadow.  The three dancers play with character overshadowing, shading, and tracking closely and secretly someone’s footsteps. At times the entity becomes fully enveloped in shadow, and at times the audience is provoked to see that there is no shadow without the potency and power of light. 

Marcat Dance is a Spain-based international contemporary dance company led by Spanish Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil and American co-founder Catherine Coury. Marcat Dance believes in the power of the imagination, creative risk-taking, and continuous research towards dynamic physicality. Since its founding in 2016, the company has performed and taught its growing repertory across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and America including Festival Italica (Spain), Jacob’s Pillow (USA), Festival Prisma (Panama), Vanguard Body (China), and Inbal Theater (Israel) in addition to creating new works on the National Dance Company of Spain, National Dance Company of Wales, Flamenco Star Eva Yerbabuena, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Hung Dance Taiwan, and Nuovo Balleto di Toscana.  Marcat Dance is the recipient of First Prize in Choreography from multiple prestigious European international competitions.

Mario Bermudez Gil (Artistic Director & Choreographer) is a prolific creator whose choreography is recognized for its dynamic physicality and long-lasting emotional impact. From 2012-2016, he was a company member of Batsheva Dance Company and performed works by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Hofesh Shechter, and Roy Assaf. From 2010-2012 he danced in NYC with Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance and Jennifer Muller/The Works. He has recently received “Best Choreography of 2019” from Premios Escenarios, the Young Artist Award of Jaen, Andalusia (2018), and “25 To Watch” in Dance Magazine USA (2017).

Catherine Coury is a performer and the creative assistant of Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil, as well as a Gaga Teacher (Movement language of Ohad Naharin/Batsheva Dance Company) and Ilan Lev Practitioner. From 2010-2015, Catherine lived in NYC where she danced with Shen Wei Dance Arts and Shannon Gillen and played an integral administrative role in the development of Gallim Dance and The Playground NYC. Catherine is a native of Detroit, Michigan and graduate of University of Michigan. She received the “Best Dancer Award” from Certamen Coreografico Distrito de Tetuan, Madrid Spain (2019).

Marilisa Gallicchio (Marcat Dancer) discovered dance at the young age of 5 years in the school Obiettivo Danza in her native city Policoro, Italy. Six years later, she took part in the professional course for young classical and contemporary dancers Formazione Tersicore in Barletta (Italy) directed by the Italian choreographer Mauro de Candia.  At the age of 19, Marilisa moved to Madrid, Spain to attend the Conservatory “Maria de Avila” where she met and worked with choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil on the creation of Preludio. She started working with the Company Marcat Dance immediately after and has since toured with them throughout Spain, to Panama and New York City.