“I wake up and my body starts to recede, something invades me, my limbs stop working, I lose strength, now my movements start to become uncoordinated, my voice becomes weak... why?... I don't know the cause. It seems like a nightmare, a nightmare of the constant struggle to return to the way it was before.
My freedom is stolen, my emotions and uncertainty consume me. Will I ever return to the life I lived before?
My body is at war with itself. I feel like I'm trapped in a broken vessel."
Inspired by a family experience with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Daniela, of Plonova Dance, took a closer look at how this syndrome affects a person's life.
Suddenly, daily activities are abandoned and one is forced to survive with severe physical limitations, special needs, and loss of movement. This can often cause anxiety, depression, or other psychological challenges.
With Guillain-Barre Syndrome, the immune system begins attacking the nerves of the body. As a result of nerve damage, muscles become weak and sometimes paralysed. Guillain-Barre Syndrome is often difficult to diagnose in its early stages.
This visual proposal, made up of movements in which violence, despair, and tranquility are all present, has no beginning. However, it does have an ending that Daniela wants the public to find for themselves.
The Plonova Dance company wishes to convey a message to everyone experiencing or overcoming this disease or a similar challenge. According to Daniela's words, "solidarity, love, and compassion are the perfect cure and a great motivator to get out of a situation like this".
The audio-visual production is made possible thanks to the residency obtained by Critical Path, Pebble Coast Films' creative input and co-direction, as well as Jairo Bonilla's extraordinary musical composition. We are presented with this beautiful dance piece which shows us how, in the end, one who learns to suffer understands more profoundly, appreciates more quickly, cries more easily, hopes more desperately, loves more deeply, and lives more passionately.
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‘As an artist, I feel the responsibility and the need to express what others cannot. The essential needs of our brothers, real life, THE TRUTH.’ Daniela Zambrano
* Photography by Carla Céspedes