INTERVENTION: Txango bat. Kukai Dantza
Because of the health crisis which has forced cultural centres to be closed since mid-March, in recent weeks the team at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum has embarked on an internal reflection process on its work in the past few months and the new scenarios and challenges which we have to define and cope with, despite the uncertainty.
The response morphed into an exceptional challenge: a tour through the collection of the empty museum which the dancer and choreographer Jon Maya Sein and the Kukai Dantza team have managed to interpret via dance, music and song.Other bodies and sounds once again immerse us in the galleries that harbour the collection’s works of art chosen and arranged following the particular story ABC. The Alphabet of the Bilbao Museum devised by the writer Kirmen Uribe. The result is an extraordinarily beautiful audiovisual story lasting 19 minutes—almost a single long shot through the museum’s galleries—through which we discover secret new meanings of paintings and sculptures through dance and music.
Kukai Dantza describes this work in this way: “At this unusual time, museums look different. They sound different. Everything is perceived differently than usual. Artists and visitors approach museums differently.
“This is the challenge we set for ourselves: a unique journey through the alphabet of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, a new interpretation of the amazing conceptual journey that the writer Kirmen Uribe developed for the museum’s collection. We are playing at being unique, at viewing and listening to the museum from this solitude, to feel what the works and the spaces want to tell us.”
Based on this new creative experience, the museum and BBK—an enthusiastic facilitator of the project—are suggesting that the audience members each become the solitary visitors during the exhibition, guided by a creation that encourages them to immerse themselves in the museum’s galleries in a unique way, to revisit the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and to travel into the heart of art like the first person to walk through its galleries.