Networks 
2016
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DESEMBRenDANSA

Celrà (Celrà)
From 08/12/2016 to 11/12/2016
Presentation :
On 08/12/2016 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 09/12/2016 at 12:00 in Escola Municipal de Dansa Celrà (Celrà)
On 09/12/2016 at 15:30 in Escola Municipal de Dansa Celrà (Celrà)
On 09/12/2016 at 21:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)
On 10/12/2016 at 10:00 in Escola Municipal de Dansa Celrà (Celrà)
On 10/12/2016 at 12:00 in Escola Municipal de Dansa Celrà (Celrà)
On 10/12/2016 at 15:30 in Escola Municipal de Dansa Celrà (Celrà)
On 10/12/2016 at 20:00 in Plaça de l’Esglèsia (Celrà)
On 10/12/2016 at 21:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)
On 11/12/2016 at 18:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Group LaBolsa, Mal Pelo, Neus Villà, La Taimada, AirenoAr, Cía. Jove, Federica Porello, Olga Álvarez
( Group LaBolsa, Mal Pelo, Neus Villà, La Taimada, AirenoAr, Cía. Jove, Federica Porello, Olga Álvarez )

L’animal a l'esquena, EMDC and the Ateneu de Celrà are coming together for this dance season, to be held in December: four days of performances and workshops in various spaces in the village dedicated to dance.

The season known as Desembre en Dansa (Dance December) will take place in Celrà from 8th to 11th December. Taking advantage of the high profile of dance in this village, shows will be presented in various locations, specifically L’animal a l’esquena, La Plaça de l’Esglèsia and el Teatre Ateneu.  
Some of the dancers and choreographers involved will also give workshops to dancers at the Celrà Municipal Dance School (EMDC), where they will work with the students on specific characteristics of their artistic work.



2015
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CARTA BLANCA a L'animal a l'esquena

MES DE DANZA (Sevilla)
From 30/10/2015 to 08/11/2015

MES DE DANZA, L'animal a l'esquena
( MES DE DANZA, L'animal a l'esquena )

L’animal a l’esquena has been invited to the next MES DE DANZA/DANCE MONTH Festival, an international showcase for contemporary dance in Seville, which will be held from 30th October to 8th November, as the first organisation to which the festival is offering CARTE BLANCHE to put forward artists who have residencies at the creation centre or are associated with it.

CARTE BLANCHE TO… consists in giving free rein to a collective whose main focus in its aims and actions is to encourage, promote, highlight and suppport contemporary choreographic creation. The initiative aims to encourage dialogue between different communities in Spain, creating synergies in the development and promotion of contemporary dance and supporting and raising the profile of the work of the guest organisation.



2012
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Cos i Revolució

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 29/05/2012 to 01/06/2012
Presentation :
On 29/05/2012 at 17:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 29/05/2012 at 22:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 30/05/2012 at 10:30 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 30/05/2012 at 22:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 31/05/2012 at 10:30 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 31/05/2012 at 18:30 in Centre Cultural La Mercé (Girona)
On 01/06/2012 at 10:30 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 01/06/2012 at 19:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)
On 01/06/2012 at 21:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Ornella D'agostino, Muhanad Rasheed, Moataz Nasreldin, Toni Serra, Tahar Chikhoui, Allia Sellami, Gerarda Ventura, María Muñoz, Pep Ramis, Eduard Teixidor
( Ornella D'agostino, Muhanad Rasheed, Moataz Nasreldin, Toni Serra, Tahar Chikhoui, Allia Sellami, Gerarda Ventura, María Muñoz, Pep Ramis, Eduard Teixidor )

An international cooperation project supported by: www.eurocult.org





COS I REVOLUCIÓ
PROGRAMM OF ACTIVITIES

TUESDAY 29th May

L'animal a l'esquena – Mas Espolla

17,00h to 22,00h
Audiovisual installations on show

1-Moataz Nasreldin
Selection of audio-visual pieces.

2-OVNI Archives
Selection of various audio-visual pieces by Toni Serra

3-MUZAQ Selma Oussi and Sofiane Ouissi
Screening of Laaroussa, a video of their experience working in a community of craftswomen in southern Tunisia.

4-Leo Castro
Screening of the video Unexpected Cairo, produced as part of the Miniatures project (a project of cultural cooperation and artistic production headed by L'Officina, Marseilles) and recorded in Cairo in December 2010, a few weeks before the revolution.

5-Revolutionary Bodies
Space dedicated to records of the previous stages of the project in Sardinia, Paris and Amsterdam, with writings, books and videos edited at different moments.
During Cos i Revolució at L'animal a l'esquena, other visual or written material arising from the encounter will be added, the fruit of discussions, talks and other artistic ventures.

Photographic Exhibition
Abandoned Rooms by Randa Mirza, Lebanon.

22,00h
Programme of videos in the L'animal a l'esquena studio.

Presentation by Tahar Chikhoui critic and teacher of film analysis, Tunis.



WEDNESDAY 30th May

L'animal a l'esquena – Mas Espolla

10,30h to 14,00h and from 17,00h to 22,00h
Audiovisuals installations on show

Photographic Exhibition
Abandoned Rooms by Randa Mirza, Lebanon.

22,00h
Programme of videos, at L'animal a l'esquena.

Presentation by Toni Serra, video and new media artist and co-director of Arxius de l'observatori, an OVNI (UFO) project (Observatory of Unidentified Video).


THURSDAY 31st May

L'animal a l'esquena – Mas Espolla

10,30h to 14,00h

Audio visuals installations on show

Photographic Exhibition
Abandoned Rooms by Randa Mirza, Lebanon.


Centre Cultural de la Mercè

18,30h-21,00h
Talks by various participants

Conference Room of the Centre Cultural de La Mercè, Girona:
- Tahar Chikhoui
- Toni Serra
- Moataz Nasreldin


FRIDAY 1st June

L'animal a l'esquena – Mas Espolla

10h30 to 14h00
Audiovisual installations on show

Photographic Exhibition
Abandoned Rooms by Randa Mirza, Lebanon.


Teatre L'Ateneu de Celrà

19,00h
Screening of the film Microphone by Ahmad Abdala, with introductory talk by Tahar Chikhoui

21,00h
Performances
- Muhanad Rasheed
- Allia Sellami
- Pep Ramis i María Muñoz



2010
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Miniatures

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 01/01/2010 to 01/01/2011

Officina, L'animal a l'esquena, El Teatro, Indisciplinarte, HaRaKa
( Officina, L'animal a l'esquena, El Teatro, Indisciplinarte, HaRaKa )

As an initiative of "L'Officina" (Marseille), Miniatures Officinae was launched in 2008, as a new networking project in the Mediterranean region in order to commission several artists to create new short pieces that borderline the visual and the performative. The notions of "choreography" and of "body-art" are put under study here with the support of dramaturges, researchers, artists, and cultural managers.

Currently, the project operates from five different Mediterranean cities or regions: Celrà, Girona/Barcelona, Cairo, Marseille, Terni and Tunis. The project is directed in the period 2010-2011 through a board of five networking partners:

- Officina – Marseille http://www.officina.fr/

- L'animal a l'esquena – Celrà (Girona)

- El Teatro – Tunis http://www.elteatro.net/

- Indisciplinarte – Terni http://www.indisciplinarte.it/

- HaRaKa – Cairo http://www.facebook.com/group.ph

Miniatures is a multi-step development project of itinerant character, based on the creation and dissemination of short pieces in different cultural contexts that emphasize dialogs and exchanges between artists of the Mediterranean basin.



2009
Crisis de Palabras

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 19/11/2009 to 21/11/2009

Espai en blanc
( Espai en blanc, Daniel Blanchard )

A seminar with Daniel Blanchard. In the frame of the project "El combate del pensamiento" (`The struggle with thought').

Today we use communication channels, but not ones pertaining to words. What has been called the end of ideologies is a crisis of words where all of us use the same terms for antagonistic problems: creativity, cooperation, experimentation or freedom etc serve power just as much as resistance.

In this seminar, we propose to tackle this problem in the company of Daniel Blanchard, early member of Socialisme ou Barbarie, who has made the saying "crisis of words"a key to understanding the relationship between critical discourse and reality. Blanchard believes it is not possible to escape from this crisis of words. Rather, it must be left open as a condition for reinventing it as language. Today politics is a semiotic battleground where we must conquer words in order to transform the world.

For years Espai en Blanc has located their practical-theoretical proposals in the heart of this crisis, searching for the words that affect the ways in which we embody a critical thought.

With the collaboration of MASKA, Anna Lindh Foundation and the network project Autonomía y complejidad.



2008
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LONGITUT: +35º 28' 00'' LATITUT: +33º 53' 00''

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/11/2008 to 04/12/2008
Presentation :
On 05/12/2008 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 05/12/2008 at 21:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Zoukak, Idoia Zabaleta, Ixiar Rozas, Germán Jauregui
( Zoukak, Idoia Zabaleta, Ixiar Rozas, Germán Jauregui, Leo Castro, Moare Danza, Periferiak )

At these geographic coordinates, two lines that cross each other, we will continue the meeting started in Beirut in June 2007 during the project Sites of Imagination by the artists Idoia Zabaleta, Ixiar Rozas, Germán Jáuregui, Leo Castro and the Lebanese artist collective Zoukak. As reciprocal hosts, L'animal a l'esquena will welcome Zoukak in residence. Moare Danza and Periferiak collaborate in this project.



2007
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Corpi in rete

Escola Municipal de Dansa Celrà (Celrà)
From 19/12/2007 to 22/12/2007
Presentation :
On 22/12/2007 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Ornella d'Agostino
( Alessandro Carboni, Carla Onni, Viola Perra, Moreno Solinas, Igor Urzelai, Carovana )

Corpi in rete si inserisce in un programma di scambi con la Catalogna sviluppati nell'ultimo decennio dall'associazione Carovana S.M.I., attraverso progetti di cooperazione internazionale sostenuti dalla commissione Europea (Cultura 2000, Meda, Fondazione euromediterranea Anna Lindh per il dialogo tra le culture). L'obbiettivo è quello di rinforzare la cooperazione con questa regione che per ragioni storico culturali rappresenta un interfaccia significativa per la Sardegna.

La Catalogna, infatti nell'ambito della danza e delle arti performative contemporanee è diventata, nell'area Mediterranea, un volano dello sviluppo di innovative pratiche creative e produttive, per cui l'arte è compresa come un permanente percorso di ricerca e formazione e la cooperazione internazionale strumento per la mobilità di idee e metodologie all'avanguardia, attraverso la circolazione delle persone e delle opere.

Un progetto ambizioso che ha come obiettivo quello di stimolare "sguardi reciproci"tra artisti, operatori e pubblici della Sardegna e Catalogna, deve darsi tempi lenti, modalità rispettose ed attente alle differenze, che sappiano trasformare somiglianze e distanze in organici sistemi di crescita culturale.

Questo programma quindi si compone di una serie di spettacoli, performance ed incontri che non hanno lo scopo di esporre la Sardegna ma di rinforzare la fragilità delle relazioni nel mondo della globalizzazione, tra contemporaneità e memoria culturale e far nascere futuri progetti di cooperazione. Il parternariato con la Catalogna rappresenta un'opportunità per dare continuità a programmi di alta formazione e promuovere l'internazionalizzazione delle produzioni di Arti performative contemporanee in Sardegna.

Un progetto che in prima istanza vuole dare visibilità agli artisti emergenti, quelli giovani e quelli datati, che dalla Sardegna partono e ritornano ma per proiettarsi altrove.

In una regione come la Sardegna l'emergenza artistica non ha età, invecchia con la speranza che la Politica comprenda che l'Arte non è solo strumento di visibilità o marketing turistico
ma per eccellenza lo strumento per sviluppare "Immaterialità Generatrice".


"I corpi in rete, a braccio,
i corpi concatenati nella danza rituale,
che si stringono allineandosi, per salvarsi,
scaldarsi, controllarsi, organizzarsi.
I corpi in rete. I corpi in mente, il corpo mente.
I corpi arcaici e nuovi,
inconciliabili.
Chi si nutre d'identità
e chi naviga solitario
senza appartenere a nessuna memoria,
vagando libero nel satellitare informatico,
libero di mostrarsi o nascondersi
per non essere 'preso in rete'."

Ornella D'Agostino



Steve Paxton / Contredanse

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 05/11/2007 to 22/11/2007
Presentation :
On 10/11/2007 at 18:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 17/11/2007 at 18:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Steve Paxton, Contredanse
( Steve Paxton, Contredanse )

Continuation of the first writing and reflection laboratory initiated in 2005 at L'animal a l'esquena in order to publish in 2008 a book and DVD on Steve Paxton's (USA) reflections and works about the gravity and the spine. Project in collaboration with Contredanse - Dance Documentation Center located in Brussels.



Absent interfaces: encuentro y reunión de la red

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 12/10/2007 to 14/12/2008

Scott deLahunta, Daniel Aschwanden, Andrea Bozic, Aylin Kalem, Toni Cots, Ivana Ivkovic
( Scott deLahunta, Daniel Aschwanden, Andrea Bozic, Aylin Kalem, Toni Cots, Ivana Ivkovic )

Absent interfaces is a project based on the relationship between body/technologies/performing arts that will be developed until 2010. Working meetings and research will be carry out by the following centres; Tanzquartier (Vienna), CDU (Zagreb), Bodig (Istambul) and L'animal to l'esquena (Celrà), with the participation and collaboration of Scott deLahunta, Daniel Aschwanden, Andrea Bozic, Aylin Chalet, Toni Cots and different guest artists.



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SITES of IMAGINATION (Lugares de Imaginación)

Centre Cultural La Mercé / Capella St. Llucia (Girona)
From 04/09/2007 to 23/09/2007
Presentation :
On 20/09/2007 at 19:00 in Centre Cultural La Mercé / Capella St. Llucia (Girona)
On 21/09/2007 at 19:00 in Centre Cultural La Mercé / Capella St. Llucia (Girona)

Alkantara, Bunker, Carovana, L'animal a l'esquena, L'Officina
( Rabih Mroué, Tiago Rodrigues, Tony Chakar, Thomas Walgrave, Joelle Aoun, Magda Bizarro, Mala Kline, Robert M. Heyden, Hanna W. Slak, Guillaume Cailleau, Jaka Simenc, Felix Andriessens, Antonio Tagliarini, Carlo A. Borghi, Danya Hammoud, Ornella D'Agostino, Simon Balestrazzi, Ixiar Rozas, Germán Jauregui, Idoia Zabaleta, Elena Albert, Carles Comas, Moare Danza, Cristiano Carpanini, Maryam Chemirani, Laurent de Richemond, Barbara Sarreau, Sylvain Berteloot, Pierre Luciani )

From September 4th to 23rd L'animal a l'esquena will organize and host in the city of Girona the second encounter of the international project Sites of Imagination, in partnership with Alkantara (Lisbon), Bunker (Ljubljana), Carovana (Cagliari) and L'Officina (Marseille), and the opening of the pieces produced by the different artistic teams.

The ideal city has been a recurrent theme in Mediterranean imagination and intellectual tradition, a constant in this tradition is the notion that the ideal city should be constructed according to the proportions and needs of the human body.
Almost diametrically opposed to this imaginary utopian city, exists another city: the city of human activity, the organisation and occupation of space before and beyond the geometric occupations of city planners. The city that organically grows and adapts itself to ever changing human necessities.
As urban textures grow more complex and their planification is being handed over to politicians and specialists – sociologists, architects, city planners, mobility experts, real estate agents,...- 'free' space shrinks and individual creativity in the use of public and private space diminishes.
The idea of new cities comes with a promise that is to replace the present with a future that pretends to offer a new-look to the present. But usually cities would not surrender easily to any new project that aspires to rebuild them, they resist and at times they succeed to stop or at least change the projects.
While looking for the ideal city, have we lost individual imagination and creativity?

Five teams of theatre directors, choreographers, performers, musicians, writers, video and sound artists from a diversity of Mediterranean cities, locations and cultures are invited to Girona and its surroundings to finish develop and produce five different pieces of artwork based on concepts, maps, itineraries, relationships and experiences about the contemporary city and the ideal city.
The 25 participants of Sites of Imagination have already met in Lisbon in May, and since then the 5 teams have been working on different locations and exchanges across the Mediterranean: from Lisbon, Cagliari and Celrà to Beirut, and from Cagliari to Istanbul on a continuous journey. Since Lisbon, other artists and collaborators have been invited to participate in the different teams, so Girona will be the location where all the participants of the five teams will be together working and producing each piece. For this occasion L'animal a l'esquena has invited the dance maker Maria Muñoz (Mal Pelo, Celrà) and the theatre maker Espe López (Legaleon Teatro, Irun) to observe and assist on the development of the work of each team.

The program of Sites of Imagination will be performed, both the 20th and the 21st of September, in the form of an itinerary between the Cultural Centre La Mercè and the Chapel of Santa Llucia in Girona.
At midnight on Friday 21st., L'animal a l'esquena will be the location for a final and simple event for all the participants and invited guests.
On the 23rd. Sites of Imagination will depart from Girona and tour Marseille, Lisbon, Cagliari and Ljubljana.

The program of Sites of Imagination in Girona, will also include other activities open to the public at the Cultural Centre La Mercè, from 19th to 22nd September:
Two video programs 'à la carte': from the Ashkal Alwan archive curated by its founder and director Christine Tohme, and from the OVNI archive in Barcelona curated by the video artist Toni Serra.
Ashkal Alwan – The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts is a non profit arts organization based in Beirut – Lebanon since 1994, aiming to initiate and promote critical artistic practices; and to document and build an archival record of contemporary intellectual and creative activity. Their activities include a wide range of projects, work in public spaces, creation of networks and partnerships for reflection, dialogue and exchange.
OVNI – The Observatory Archives are structured around particular themes and have a clear purpose: to encourage a critique of contemporary culture, using different strategies: video art, independent documentary, and mass media archeology. The Archives cover a huge range of works that are very different from one another, but share a commitment to freedom of expression and reflect on our collective fears and pleasures.

One photo exhibition from Lebanon: 'Abandoned rooms' by the visual artist Randa Mirza. 'Abandoned rooms' is a series about fragmented lives, lives that are stuck between the reality of the changeover and the haunting ghost of the war. They speak of the past in the present, of presence in absence, of death and survival, of what is forgotten and what lingers, of what rots and is transformed in a country that keeps rising from its ruins.



2004
The Journey: el viaje - il viaggio - a viagem.

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/09/2004 to 09/10/2004
Presentation :
On 02/10/2004 at 18:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Andreja Rauch, Antonio Tagliarini, Carlos Pez, Constanza Brncic, Filipa Francisco, Idoia Zabaleta, Imen Smaoui, Karima Mansour, Lofti Abdelli, Marco Valentino, Margarida Mestre, Miguel Pereira, Stefania Polliti
( )

International get together of creators, all of them characterised for the interdisciplinary work in the dance field. From the 15th of September to the 31st of October, a total of 13 creators and choreographers from the Mediterranean area travelled between Sardinia, Catalunya and Portugal, with the end result of developing their own creation projects, and at the same time, to participate in common activities of investigation, exchanging and debating. L'animal a l'esquena was focused on work about writing and the registration of the scenic art creative process. This activity was possible with the collaboration between Carovana, L'animal a l'esquena and Danças na Cidade(within the frameword of the international network DBM).

15th – 24th of September: Get together in Alguer
7th of September – 9th October: Get together in Celrà
18th – 31st October: Get together in Lisbon



Asamblea General DBM

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/06/2004 to 06/06/2004
Presentation :
On 05/06/2004 at 18:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

DBM (Danse Bassin Méditérraneen)
( DBM )

During these sessions, 'L'animal a l'esquena' (member and co-organizer of Danse Bassin Méditérraneen) organized the annual assembly of DBM with the presentation of the different artists' work on the 5th of June.