Annual 
2020
 Creation Residence
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DUO

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/01/2020 to 10/01/2020
Presentation :
On 10/01/2020 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Meritxell Colell
( Meritxell Colell )

Because sometimes love means knowing how to let go.

After 24 years sharing their professional and personal lives, Mónica and Colate are setting out on their last dance tour. At an altitude of 4000 metres, the desert of the Andes will test the limits of their relationship and of their bodies.

DUO is a van journey through the arid borderlands between Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. It is also a piece of contemporary dance set in schools and squares in remote villages. And an inner journey for two individuals trying to keep their balance as they come up against their physical and emotional limits.



 Workshop
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Tools for Action

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 13/01/2020 to 17/01/2020

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo, Pep Ramis, María Muñoz )

Pep Ramis and Maria Muñoz will offer a workshop where you can experience the mechanisms of action and what they can unleash. A look at movement and body-writing in action.
Precision, duration, commitment, intensities, silence, absences, presences, punctuation, habitability, capitulation, phrasiing, lineality, timing, musicality, rhythm and writing are some of the terms we shall be looking at during the course.
To Act: 1. To carry out an action, 2 To make movements and gestures to make something understood, 3 To activate a mechanism.
The Mal Pelo workshops are given by the two co-directors of the company, without implying the presence of the two in each session.

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 Creation Residence
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On Goldberg Variations / Variations

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 20/01/2020 to 22/01/2020
Presentation :
On 24/01/2020 at 19:00 in Teatro Central (Sevilla)

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Mal Pelo will begin 2020 by resuming the tour of its latest piece, On Goldberg Variations/Variations, at the Teatro Central de Sevilla.

The piece On Goldberg Variations/Variations is based on the musical work Goldberg Variations/Variations by the French-American pianist and composer Dan Tepfer, in which he performs J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations in combination with his own variations improvised on the same harmonies.

On Goldberg Variations/Variations twines together lines of language to make a weaving around the work of J.S. Bach. Dance, the voice of John Berger, texts of their own, the manipulated, multifocal sound of the soundtrack, live voice and video projections combine to create this approach by Mal Pelo to the universe of J.S. Bach.
The choreography is attuned to the particular musicality of each performer and the rhythmic and dynamic dialogue between the group and the space.



 Creation Residence
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CORPUS

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 23/01/2020 to 14/02/2020
Presentation :
On 13/02/2020 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Xavier Bobés
( Xavier Bobés )

ATTENTION: maximum capacity for 25 people, reservation required

Corpus presents the encounter between a sculpture, a manipulator of objects and a musician, in the hope of making room for the eloquence of silence and stillness. A fugue for three, unexpected counterpoint, a change of scale, so that, if only for an instant, the invisible can shine through.

Corpus explores the movement of a sculpture in relation to the body - human, animal or vegetable -, giving shape to the bond that everyone has with his or her “body object”, revealing its poetic sense and studying its potential interpretation, transformation and representation both as plastic art and in movement.



 Creation Residence
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LA SED Y LA REVOLUCIÓN /THIRST AND REVOLUTION

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/01/2020 to 31/01/2020
Presentation :
On 31/01/2020 at 20:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Osso Club – Andrés Corchero, Enric Ases, Pep Ramis, Piero Steiner
( Osso Club – Andrés Corchero, Enric Ases, Pep Ramis, Piero Steiner )

The association of Piero Steiner, Andrés Corchero, Pep Ramis and Enric Ases, OSSO CLUB, brings together four artists with very singular creative stories but one shared aim: to pool their individual ways of doing things, their vision of theatre and movement.

La sed y la revolución/Thirst and Revolution focuses on apparently insignificant attitudes, gestures and conversations, used as metaphors for feelings related to the depths and contradictions of the human soul.



 Research Laboratory
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CONTRAKANT 1

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 17/02/2020 to 22/02/2020

Sociedad Doctor Alonso
( Sociedad Doctor Alonso )

Contrakant is above all a space that doesn’t yet exist and needs to be activated. The energy that activates this space of real friction is rage. Rage against Kant. Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher who developed his ideas during the 18th Century, was the first proponent of Criticism and the father of German idealism. He is now considered one of the most important figures of modern European and universal thought.
Contrakant will consist of a series of encounters between artists using the practices and tools they each bring to look into a set of questions. To avoid an excess of a priori work that might somehow kill off the unknown paths down which this research might reach, we’ll only settle on the basic questions to be put in play at the first meeting. Contrakant will be a series of encounters numbered Contrakant 1, 2, 3… so that following on from the work done in Contrakant 1, and according to the results, problems and questions arising from it, we’ll think how to go about the next encounter.



 Creation Residence
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PERRUCA

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 02/03/2020 to 06/03/2020

Cia Mariantònia Oliver
( Cia Mariantònia Oliver )

An investigation into origins, ancestry, roots, the force that pulls us into the earth and gives us the power to
fly…
A mane of hair inhabited by a mythological being, the symbiosis between animality and sensuality, a process
of growth.



 Research Laboratory
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LOXA

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 19/03/2020 to 24/03/2020

Leonor Leal
( Leonor Leal )

The dancer Leonor Leal has her own way of doing things and the idea of the project LOXA is to consolidate
that. She sticks to her collaborators and so here we have Pedro G Romero as writer. María Muñoz and Pep
Ramis (Mal Pelo) will also be there, directing the performance as María Muñoz has already done on “J.R.T.”
and “Nocturno”.
Here too are Antonio Moreno (percussion) and Juan Jiménez (sax) of Proyecto Lorca, who live, as she does,
in Utrera. Then the great Tomás de Perrate (song), the very essence of Utrera, and María Marín (guitar and
song), who is also from Utrera though now in the Netherlands. And Dani de Morón (guitar), an impressive
guitarist who, as his name suggests, comes from Morón de la Frontera, so closely linked in Flamenco to
Utrera.



 Research Laboratory
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Lab 1 Inventions

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 25/03/2020 to 26/03/2020

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Mal Pelo begins the creation process for its new piece, to be premiered at the next Grec Festival in
Barcelona.
Inventions focuses on the relationship between live music and dance, situating the results of this research in
spaces that, due to their acoustics or architecture, make possible the magic triad of space-music-movement.
In each of these places Inventions will take a different form, adapted to the specific venue.
The aim of Inventions is to look into the particular acoustic and performance characteristics of each venue, of
the architecture and the dynamics of the space where the piece is to be performed. The research will cover
the historical background, materials, light, sound and capacity for transformation of each of the chosen
places.
Listening to these details enables us to reveal performance potential and construct unique proposals
specifically for each environment.
The first stage of this new project will take place in 2020 at the following festivals: Grec Festival de
Barcelona-Festival Bachcelona, Festival Internacional Música de Torroella and Festival Internacional
Temporada Alta de Girona.



 NOTICE
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Suspension of activities

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 01/04/2020 to 31/05/2020

l'animal a l'esquena
( l'animal a l'esquena )

Dear friends,


Given the current situation, we are following the measures for the prevention and containment of COVID-19. L’animal a l’esquena has cancelled all planned activities until further notice. Our buildings will remain closed, as will our administrative office.

The programme of creation residencies has been suspended for the time being and will be resumed as soon as circumstances allow.

We shall reply to requests as quickly as possible. L’animal will give priority to finding alternative dates for residencies that have already been booked and have to be cancelled and, according to what dates may then be available, will allocate these to new residencies that are now pending confirmation.

We are working online to attend to any enquiries. You can contact us at info@lanimal.org
Thank you for your understanding. In the hope that together we can overcome this crisis, we look forward to being able to open the doors of L’animal again soon.

Stay well, keep safe and be creative in your daily lives.

Until soon! Bye for now.



 Creation Residence
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The passing measures

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 07/07/2020 to 18/07/2020

Zoltàn Vakulya
( Zoltàn Vakulya )

Zoltàn Vakulya, who has worked with Mal Pelo since 2018, is planning a research residency for a new piece, together with Chen-Wei Lee.
Passing Measures, now at the creation stage, will be a dance piece. Wei and Zoltán have worked together before on projects such as Together Alone, in which they focussed on the challenge of the closeness between dancers. In Passing Measures they hope to navigate through words that vanish and disappear, exploring their shared vocabulary.

Creation: Altitude 2/ Chen-Wei Lee & Vakulya Zoltán
Dance: Zoltán Vakulya



 Creation Residence
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While It Rains

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 20/07/2020 to 25/07/2020
Presentation :
On 25/07/2020 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

AltrasteDanza
( Zuriñe Benavente, Ignacio Monterrubio )

The research proposal for this project arose out of a personal interest in taking a closer look at two elements that are crucial to the artistic moment my work has reached now. The first is the relationship between the public and what is happening artistically, and everything that revolves around this dichotomy; the second is the way mixed and hybrid genres coexist in artistic constructs for performance.

Taking an active part in the postmodern world and living with this situation of social and artistic deconstruction, I find myself in a situation of continual adjustment between what I understand as an artistic event and my desire to find different kinds of relationship between the performance and the audience who come to a venue with their prejudices and habits acquired from a particular society at a particular time.



 Creation Residence - Associate Project 2020
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L’aspecte sensorial de les coses

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/07/2020 to 08/08/2020

Federica Porello
( Federica Porello, Xavi Moreno )

The Sensory Side of Things is an investigation into the pairing of fragmentation and articulation, applied to thought, movement and other “Things” that make up the identity of a performance piece. The project is driven by a desire to share, in the creative journey of a solo, in interviews and laboratories, the questions that arise from the theoretical and physical territories crossed in the composition of a piece of work.



 Writing Residence
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Pausa en movimiento

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/08/2020 to 08/08/2020

Mercè Sardà, Estefanía Morante
( Mercè Sardà, Estefanía Morante )

After working for twenty years keeping children company as they experience the joys and fulfilment of dance, Mercè and Estefanía want to write the story of their artistic and teaching experiences both in schools and in extracurricular activities.

“We need, and have promised ourselves, to stop and think and to write, just as during these years we have needed to ‘pause to dance’”.



 Writing Residence
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Pausa en movimiento/Pause in Movement

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/08/2020 to 08/08/2020

Mercè Sardà, Estefanía Morante
( Mercè Sardà, Estefanía Morante )

After working for twenty years keeping children company as they experience the joys and fulfilment of dance, Mercè and Estefanía want to write the story of their artistic and teaching experiences both in schools and in extracurricular activities.

“We need, and have promised ourselves, to stop and think and to write, just as during these years we have needed to ‘pause to dance’”.



 Creation Residence
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Blooming-florescència

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 10/08/2020 to 15/08/2020

Ainhoa Fernández
( Ainhoa Fernández )

Hypotenuse Project – Collaboration with Azala, Vitòria and Teatre Pradillo, Madrid

Ainhoa Hernández is part of the Hypotenuse triangle, Catalonia-Madrid-Vitoria, in the circulation of performers between the three organisations. She is the performer proposed by the Teatro Pradillo in Madrid for 2019-2020.

Blooming-floresencia is a project of long term artistic research tackling new ways to promote learning and sensibility that set in motion new kinds of sensation, new cosmologies. For recovery or imagination, other ways of explaining the world or telling its story are necessary. Other ways already exist, but have been discarded or deliberately neglected.



 Creation Residence
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Blooming-fluorescencia

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 17/08/2020 to 22/08/2020

Ainhoa Hernández
( Ainhoa Hernández )

Ainhoa Hernández is part of the Hypotenuse triangle, Catalonia-Madrid-Vitoria, in the circulation of performers between the three organisations. She is the performer proposed by the Teatro Pradillo in Madrid for 2019-2020.

Blooming-floresencia is a project of long term artistic research tackling new ways to promote learning and sensibility that set in motion new kinds of sensation, new cosmologies. For recovery or imagination, other ways of explaining the world or telling its story are necessary. Other ways already exist, but have been discarded or deliberately neglected.



 Creation Residence
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Blooming-florescència

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 24/08/2020 to 29/08/2020

Andrea Díaz
( Andrea Díaz )

Observar un jardín con amor significa aprender a vivir despacio.
Parar. Y descubrir el lenguaje de aquello que habla sin palabras.
Sumergirse en el silencio.
Dejarse inundar.
Nadar en él.

“Silencio” es una obra de teatro de objetos que nace de dos poéticas; la manipulación objetual y la Lengua de Signos (LSE). Una obra sobre el silencio y una gran instalación de objetos y autómatas en movimiento en la que tanto público oyente como sordo, compartirán un espacio común de comprensión y contemplación.



 Creation Residence
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Silencio o Lo no dicho o La lengua del agua

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 24/08/2020 to 29/08/2020

Andrea Díaz
( Andrea Díaz )

Observar un jardín con amor significa aprender a vivir despacio.
Parar. Y descubrir el lenguaje de aquello que habla sin palabras.
Sumergirse en el silencio.
Dejarse inundar.
Nadar en él.

“Silencio” es una obra de teatro de objetos que nace de dos poéticas; la manipulación objetual y la Lengua de Signos (LSE). Una obra sobre el silencio y una gran instalación de objetos y autómatas en movimiento en la que tanto público oyente como sordo, compartirán un espacio común de comprensión y contemplación.

Compañía: Cía M.A.R
Autora Andrea Díaz Reboredo
Intérpretes: Miriam Garlo y Andrea Díaz.
Mirada externa: Xavier Bobés Solá
Diseño y construcción objetual: Andrea y Pablo Reboredo(s)
*Resto del equipo por confirmar



 Creation Residence
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The Mountain, the Truth and the Paradise

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 01/09/2020 to 05/09/2020
Presentation :
On 01/10/2020 at 20:00 in (Per Confirmar) ((Per Confirmar))

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Mal Pelo resumes the tour of Pep Ramis’ solo The Mountain, the Truth and Paradise for the 2020-2021 season. Company rehearsals for the performance at the FAM Festival, Tenerife, Italy.

This solo piece grew out of the need to construct a personal fiction, to bring the experience of recent work up to date and look into current artistic interests. Working
as a solo artist also involves reviewing the tools of the trade gathered over a
long career as a performance creator.
The Mountain, the Truth & the Paradise is a poetic world questioning the
meaning of divinity and vulgarity, spirituality and ignorance, beauty and banality.



 Workshop
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Tools for Action

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 28/09/2020 to 02/10/2020

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo, Pep Ramis, María Muñoz )

Pep Ramis and Maria Muñoz will offer a workshop where you can experience the mechanisms of action and what they can unleash. A look at movement and body-writing in action.
Precision, duration, commitment, intensities, silence, absences, presences, punctuation, habitability, capitulation, phrasiing, lineality, timing, musicality, rhythm and writing are some of the terms we shall be looking at during the course.
To Act: 1. To carry out an action, 2 To make movements and gestures to make something understood, 3 To activate a mechanism.
The Mal Pelo workshops are given by the two co-directors of the company, without implying the presence of the two in each session.

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 Creation Residence
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Retratos errantes

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 04/10/2020 to 08/10/2020
Presentation :
On 08/10/2020 at 20:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Group LaBolsa
( Group LaBolsa )

Group LaBolsa
Agrupación de creadores internacionales involucrados en la búsqueda de prácticas performativas en la creación en vivo

El acto de retratarse, como lo conocemos en la pintura, la fotografía, la escultura o también en las artes audiovisuales, pone un marco íntimo al individuo y desvela su singularidad. A la vez el retrato revela al retratista, su interés, su atención, sus obsesiones, su deseo de existir dentro de su obra o a través de ella. ¿Qué esconde? ¿Qué deja emerger?
El colectivo Group LaBolsa propone un viaje en torno al retrato escénico, que reflexiona sobre la sensible condición humana, la fragilidad del individuo dentro del colectivo y la necesidad de pertenecer a algo más allá de lo individual.



 Workshop
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Tools for Action

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 05/10/2020 to 09/10/2020

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo, Pep Ramis, María Muñoz )

Pep Ramis and Maria Muñoz will offer a workshop where you can experience the mechanisms of action and what they can unleash. A look at movement and body-writing in action.
Precision, duration, commitment, intensities, silence, absences, presences, punctuation, habitability, capitulation, phrasiing, lineality, timing, musicality, rhythm and writing are some of the terms we shall be looking at during the course.
To Act: 1. To carry out an action, 2 To make movements and gestures to make something understood, 3 To activate a mechanism.
The Mal Pelo workshops are given by the two co-directors of the company, without implying the presence of the two in each session.

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 Creation Residence
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El universo se rompió en el mar/The Universe Broke in the Sea

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 12/10/2020 to 17/10/2020

Ayara Hernández
( Ayara Hernández )

Every piece I do begins (or continues) with the desire to work on something latent that is pushing to come out. The process is put together with a group of people in a very intuitive way, trying out a lot of things that often go nowhere, big ideas appearing and fizzling out, crises and discoveries until finally the material is there. At a certain moment the decisions arise that will shape the piece, we lament for what has to be left out and celebrate what remains (that is when the work as such takes its own decisions and responds to its own needs, becoming somehow independent of us). When the piece is performed for the first time our colleagues arrive, and the public, the debate is opened up and we begin to understand what we have made, a living thing. The “new” piece I want to make comes from ongoing concerns from my previous work: “En la sombra de un elefante” (“In the Shade of an Elephant”) and “Retrato de un monstruo” (“Portrait of a Monster”).



 Creation Residence
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El aspecto sensorial de las cosas/The Sensory Side of Things

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 26/10/2020 to 31/10/2020
Presentation :
On 31/10/2020 at 20:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Federica Porello
( Federica Porello )

The Sensory Side of Things is an investigation into the pairing of fragmentation and articulation, applied to thought, movement and other “Things” that make up the identity of a performance piece. The project is driven by a desire to share, in the creative journey of a solo, in interviews and laboratories, the questions that arise from the theoretical and physical territories crossed in the composition of a piece of work.



 Creation Residence
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Rítmia

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 02/11/2020 to 07/11/2020
Presentation :
On 07/11/2020 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Emma Villavecchia
( Emma Villavecchia, Mauricio Villavecchia, Maria Fernanda )

RESIDENCY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDÈMIA

Ritmia is a dance project with live music, exploring relationships of perception and composition between visual rhythm and rhythm in sound. Using the interaction between percussion and choreography based on complex rhythmic structures, multi-sensorial polyrhythms are created that make us question our perception of sound, movement, time and space.



 Creation Residence
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Inventions

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 12/11/2020 to 16/11/2020

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Adaptation of Mal Pelo’s 2020 creation for the Festival Temporada Alta, co-producer of the piece along with the Grec Festival de Barcelona.

Inventions focusses on the relationship between live music and dance, placing the results of this research in spaces that, due to their resonance or architecture, make possible the magic triad of space-music-movement.
In each venue, Inventions will adopt a different form in keeping with that specific place.
We work with the depth and height of the space, with its resonance, and ensuring a good view for the audience.
We observe the particulars of the space for a few days to discover and reveal its potential for performance and sound.

The first stage of this new project will take place in 2020 at the following festivals:
Grec Festival Barcelona-Festival Bachcelona and Festival Internacional Temporada Alta de Girona.




 Residency by Associate Company
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The Mountain, the Truth and the Paradise

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 16/11/2020 to 20/11/2020
Presentation :
On 22/11/2020 at 20:00 in Auditorio de Santa Eulària des Rius (Ibiza)

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Mal Pelo resumes the tour of Pep Ramis’ solo The Mountain, the Truth and Paradise for the 2020-2021 season. Company rehearsals for the performance at the FAM Festival, Tenerife, Italy.

This solo piece grew out of the need to construct a personal fiction, to bring the experience of recent work up to date and look into current artistic interests. Working
as a solo artist also involves reviewing the tools of the trade gathered over a
long career as a performance creator.
The Mountain, the Truth & the Paradise is a poetic world questioning the
meaning of divinity and vulgarity, spirituality and ignorance, beauty and banality.

The performer’s ability to transform himself into a bare, blank space, and precision
of movement and voice are the main aims of the score of this piece, which offers
a journey full of variety, feeling and stimulation.



 Creation Residence - Associate Project 2020
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La Contínua Revisitada / Continuously Revisited

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 23/11/2020 to 28/11/2020

Mariantònia Oliver
( Mariantònia Oliver, Catalina Carrasco, María Muñoz, Jaume Manresa, Maria Güell )

RESIDENCY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDÈMIA

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Compañía Mariantònia Oliver, the artist proposes to “revisit” some of the pieces that have been important for her career, breathing new life into them and interpreting them with the benefit of experience and her current view point.

La Contínua Revisitada is based on the idea of fragmentation as a means of experimentation and choreographic composition, to create a situation of tense intimacy with the audience and to involve the spectator in an active, improvised manner in the performance.

The stage is structured around a sofa. The idea is arbitrarily to invite spectators to sit on it and take an active part in the construction of our dramatic plot. This will entail a flow of improvisation, freshness and spontaneity and exposes us to risk and error. It will keep us on our toes and modify the lines of composition, like an open game in which no sooner do rules expire, new ones are invented.



 Creation Residence
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After the rain

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 30/11/2020 to 12/12/2020
Presentation :
On 11/12/2020 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Wonderground, Roser Tutusaus, Tom Weksler
( Wonderground, Roser Tutusaus, Tom Weksler )

After the Rain is the provisional title for the next creative project from WONDERGROUND, a dance company formed by Roser Tutusaus and Tom Weksler. The project is a duet for the two performers, Tom and Roser, intended for a hall where movement, text and animation/projections will interact.

After the Rain hopes to be a kinetic poem, arising from the connection between temporary states of nature and the temporary states of our human minds and bodies. Inspired by textures and raw materials, we want to explore concepts such as change, uncertainty, beauty, imperfection and decadence.