From Skin to Skin

Premiered on March 22, 2019

The production was made possible with support from the German Consulate General in Yekaterinburg and Goethe Institute — Moscow.
Choreographer: Maura Morales
Composer: Michio Woirgardt
Set and lighting designer: Grace Morales
Costume designer: Marion Strehlow
Video artist: Manfred Borsch

Running time: 60 minutes
Maura Morales, born in Camaguey/Cuba, finished her apprenticeship in classical and modern ballet training, choreography, acting, and folkloric dance at the National Art College Camaguey/Cuba. At the moment Maura Morales is working freelance as a dancer, choreographer, actress and guest trainer for contemporary dance.

Michio Woirgardt is one of the most sought-after composers and musicians in ballet and contemporary dance. Cooperativa Maura Morales (, where Michio is a composer and a performer, regularly performs in Europe, Asia and South America. Michio plays a classical guitar, a flamenco guitar and other instruments. To create music for the performances, he uses combinations of electronic and acoustic sounds, improvisations, complex arrangements, clear rhythms of flamenco and common sounds.
"The title, "From Skin to Skin", reflects on the messages of the piece. It's a conversation around touch, physical contact, need for embraces and intercourse, and fear of being touched by a stranger. Ultimately, it reflects upon the main problem of modern society where people avoid touching, tenderness, physical contact. In the end, "From Skin to Skin" came out to be beautiful, frank, pure and very smart. So many times I've heard at festivals in Russia and abroad: "in our work we explore…" - as it is custom now, we don't dance, we don't narrate, but we explore! Well, yes, of course, doing so without reading even a dozen of any serious books… But here I suddenly agreed with this definition, although no one declared it. Yes, a delicate study of your fears, complexes, deep desires, urgent needs… And to the dancers of Provincial Dances Theatre — Bravo!"
Larisa Barykina, dance and music critic, expert for the Golden Mask National Theatre Award.
"These days, in an era of "new sincerity", when everyone is sharing their feelings and emotions on social media for the whole-wide world to see, there is a lack of performances alike "From Skin to Skin" in the cultural environment. Performances that are smart and yet alive, vital and sensual, and, most importantly, free from prejudice. Performances that destroy walls of restraint and relate to everyone."
Evgeny Iskhakov, Yekaterinburg’s Culture, March 25, 2019