First images of dancers landing on Mars. Fernanda Olivares

The world is changing quickly. Our bodies keep staying home while our minds are flying far away. We closely follow the advances of science while the art industry is in a pause; museums, cultural centers, theatres, etc.

As a visual artist with dance practice education, we have reaconditioned our personal spaces in order to make a decent class. We got barres, linoleum floors and full body mirrors for checking out posture in times where being behind a screen for hours has become our daily basis.

At the same time, we watch our first robot shoot color images from unknown territories like Mars. We think about Perseverance and Curiosity´s rover progress, where we can think precisely on those qualities: how curiosity and perseverance as human beings can make us solve problems despite being under certain emotional pressure.

Art has been struggling not only economically but as a system itself, as well as all the modus operandi of consumers and economy. The truth is that art must be taken to new places as well, even though we keep using traditional media like painting or our body as an expression vehicle.

These thoughts were spinal for the creation of this new series called Outerspace Dance. If dance can´t be at the studio or at the stage anymore, where can we enjoy performing arts? How can we take a chance for dance to make a leap not only physically but conceptually?

First, thinking about space in a different way. Natural locations and props that are part of the scenery can bring an intimate new way of telling stories with our bodies. A balance between natural and artificial. That´s why is I asked myself: What if dancers are taken not only outdoors, but out of the planet? How would costumes change? Would the body´s illumination/light become warm or cool? Well, these are now painting matters too.

Dance on Mars
Oil on canvas

This series reimagines the possibility of having a spatial mission as a fictional / prophetical narrative. A leg that suddenly appears stretching in a barre, an abstract tutu that resembles a UFO in the middle of red hot land and pinkish dreamy skies full of violet mountains, where we are looking forward to seeing what will happen next.

Tutu UFO.
Oil on canvas.
1 Comment
  1. Liza Ordinartceva

    Hello Fernanda! I felt like sharing this image with you: It is a new graffiti at Pushkinskaya-10 (St. Petersburg, Russia), where SPAR is physically based. Actually together with your new series is portrays the difference in realities: here in Russia we are I would say ‘privileged’ to have the art life going on: theatres, museums, etc. are open, only masks and gloves are a must.

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