Una Maquina de Olvido
Anastassiia Alexander

Y seguí sentada,
mientras la magia se nos moría,
en su silencio,
en su olvido.
Y en otra vida yo descubriría
que el corazón me latía
al tiempo de Siguiriya.

And I remained seated,
watching our magic die,
in his silence,
in his mind.
And in another life and another time,
I would come to find,
it was the Siguiriya rhythm
that has pierced my heart.

© Anastassiia Alexander

© Anastassiia Alexander

the machinations of memories suppressed

One-dancer play

Reconstructing memories, this performance is a seamless dance between past and present, dynamically exploring how our recollections shape our identities and influence our current experiences.

This piece is a reflective interpretation of my poem, “Una Máquina de Olvido” (An Oblivion Machine). The poem examines the concept of choosing to forget the past as a way to cope with heartbreak and explores the potential consequences of this choice. Through its verses, it intertwines several questions with the dance, challenging the reliability of our memories. How do our memories shape our identities? How do moments—a movement, a sound, an object—influence our present experiences? How do we remember the emotional impact of an event even when the details may fade?

In this solo performance, the dance is fragmented and reassembled using live-recorded sound loops, blending past and present steps to create and relive a new narrative.

Photo: Tyler Baker Photography

Credits
Original idea and interpretation: Anastassiia Alexander
Artistic direction: Cristina Hall and Anastassiia Alexander
Choreography: Cristina Hall and Anastassiia Alexander
Poetry: Anastassiia Alexander

Original concept developed during creative residency with Good Women Dance Collective (Edmonton, AB) in Fall 2020. Full show comissioned for Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 2022.

Performances
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival 2022 | 1hr show
September 22, 2022 • 8:00 pm
Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Work-in-progress showing | 30 min
October 9, 2020 • Good Women Dance Collective
Edmonton, AB

Tarantella
Original composition by Jonathan Lewis and Ricardo Sánchez
July, 2019

 

Edmonton, AB
Photography by Tyler Baker
September 2020

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Una Maquina de Olvido
Anastassiia Alexander

Y seguí sentada,
mientras la magia se nos moría,
en su silencio,
en su olvido.
Y en otra vida yo descubriría
que el corazón me latía
al tiempo de Siguiriya.

And I remained seated,
watching our magic die,
in his silence,
in his mind.
And in another life and another time,
I would come to find,
it was the Siguiriya rhythm
that has pierced my heart.

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Credits
Page cover photography: Tyler Baker
Graphic design: Anastassiia Alexander