This beautiful book of images, philosophical musings, conversations and ‘performance texts’ celebrates the work of the company Mal Pelo, a dance collaboration between María Muñoz and Pep Ramis. It represents a ‘pause’ in a creative process that sees performance as a ‘stage on the way rather than a final destination’, and readers will either buy into this concept or not.

The approach is serious, reflective and introspective, and behind the flowery prose there is a genuine desire to capture and record a creative process. It is also undeniably puzzling. The binding has a beautiful image of a horse wrapped around the spine from front to back cover: ‘Horses swim only rarely, perhaps when faced with some danger. In extreme situations we demand the impossible of ourselves …’ we are told, perhaps rather sententiously. (more…)