Residences 
2019
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Octava Errante (Tercer Pasaje)/Wandering Octavia (Third Passage)

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 26/08/2019 to 04/09/2019

Mónica Valenciano
( Mónica Valenciano )

Based on her research project “Rehearsals for Nothing”, Monica Valenciano is still shaping a long term process that began in 2017. Her idea is that this should develop through a cycle of contiguous, interdependent pieces.

Like cards that can be shuffled, these pieces can be mixed to produce different compositions and readings all revolving around an exploration of language using the voice of the body - Writing and the Acoustics of movement - The function of the Weaving of space and the Body as a Place of Apparition, the Orchestral or Polyphonic Body.



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GUÉRILLÈRES

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 19/08/2019 to 24/08/2019

Marta Izquierdo
( Marta Izquierdo )

Like many of Marta Izquierdo Muñoz’s projects, her present one ties in with previous work. Practice Makes Perfect (2017) and IMAGO-GO (2018) shared a basic, archaic object: a stick. Traditional stick dances were explored in the former and in the latter entertainers carried a long pole. In this new piece, Guérillères, we find a choreographic framework in a community in action: where in IMAGO-GO this was a little rigid and dysfunctional, here it will be chaotic, organic and utopian.



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SER/BEING

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 12/08/2019 to 17/08/2019

Sira Aymerich, Pep Aymerich
( Sira Aymerich, Pep Aymerich )

What Pep Aymerich’s (Sarrià de Dalt, 1962), artistic projects have in common, apart from their diversity and scale, is the presence of the body as a reference point, the precise judgement of the measure of possibilities and reactions of the material he works on, the rigour, conciseness and quality of the finished product. As a craftsman working with wood who is committed (in all meanings of the word) to creating a world with his hands, his work becomes a liturgy for the gaze. In all his creations a profound need for transcendence can be seen, a constant questioning of the conflict of man confronted with the fragility of his existence.



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THINKING SQUARES

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 05/08/2019 to 10/08/2019

Margareta Firinger, Chiara Marolla, Jovana Zelenovich
( Margareta Firinger, Chiara Marolla, Jovana Zelenovich )

Geometry carries emotion within itself. We are always associating shapes and symbols with meanings, memories, history and feelings. How to discover what images, simple and raw shapes are held within us? Thinking Squares is the beginning of a new creation process which delves into the exploration of body movement starting from selected pre-existing geometries, set scores and pre-drawn spatial pathways. Our interest lies in discovering how these structures affect us and how they change our body movement, our choices of being in space and interrelating with other. By using tools such as deconstruction, dissection, collage and replacement we are interested in opening up the many ways we have of looking at the same thing.



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RETRATOS ERRANTES

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/07/2019 to 02/08/2019

La Bolsa
( La Bolsa )

Retratos Errantes/Errant Portraits investigates how to emphasise the individuality of the creative worlds of each performer, with the attentive accompaniment of the company Mal Pelo. The interest in this encounter lies in showing how one group of creators/performers can offer multiple perspectives on each individual within the collective.



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Cuadernos sobre el tocar / fulgor / tachin [Notebooks on Touching/Glow/Ta Da]

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 17/07/2019 to 26/07/2019

Aimar Pérez Galí, Jaime Conde Salazar
( Aimar Pérez Galí, Jaime Conde Salazar )

In this writing residency we shall be concentrating on continuing to write ”Cuadernos sobre el tocar” (“Notebooks on Touching”), a collection of notebooks that systemise the practice of Touching Improvisation we have been developing over the past two years. The notebooks form part of the Radiación +++/Radiation +++ project run by La Panera Arts Centre and the Arnau Hospital in Vilanova de Lleida, with support from the Fundación Daniel & Nina Carasso. We are also starting to prepare for our next production, “Fulgor” (“Glow”) (2021) and in this residency we shall begin to think about the language needed for the project. Using the research we have carried out in recent years into skin and touch, we shall return to the theatre and turn it into a huge dark room. Loosely inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, “Fulgor” will offer a sensual journey in which butterfly-bodies will appear as a delicate and vivid phantasmagoria, impossible to keep hold of.



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Self-escape

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 15/07/2019 to 20/07/2019

Zoltàn Vakulya
( Zoltàn Vakulya )

This is a first the edit for a solo-work, performed by myself sometime next year (2020).

For the human beings, since we know our own history we were drawn to challenge ourselves trough conquering and to getting know. Land, knowledge, each other.
It isn’t so di?erent in the nature of artists and for dance makers especially. Choreographers, dancers, teachers, researchers since the Judson Church movement are viciously ‘fighting’ the ‘old’ and inventing, taking on the ‘new’.
Dance as a performing art form has evolved and still shaping itself in a high speed by freeing itself from rules, melting and fusing with other media and discovering new territories.



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Animal Locomotion

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 05/07/2019 to 12/07/2019

Cie Maygetsin Christophe Le Goff
( Cie Maygetsin Christophe Le Goff )

As a continuation of the piece Diamant, Animal Locomotion treats dance and the body as a realm of mysterious imagination, a subtle place where our deepest selves are expressed in the image of music. This solo by Lorena Calandín will be inspired by her unique character as a performer and the work of Muybridge and Marey, precursors of the cinema, known for their photographic deconstructions of movement (chronophotography). Through their work, these artists tried to unravel the mystery of the impalpable nature of movement and above all, like other researchers throughout history, of dance. It is this precise intersection of science, art and mystery that is the starting point for Animal Locomotion. These images provide inspiration, with their repetitive, hypnotic structure, fascinating in its potential for discrepancy. The title Animal Locomotion also refers to the question of our human condition and destiny.

Choreography, concept: Christophe Le Goff
Performance: Lorena Calandín
Based on an original idea by: Inma Marcos
Lighting and set: Amandine Gerome
Production: Lynda Miguel
Administration: Alice Normand



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Tengo Tiempo/I Have Time (from the series Top Mantras)

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/06/2019 to 04/07/2019

Idoia Zabaleta
( Idoia Zabaleta )

During this residency Idoia Zabaleta will revise the lateral material from her recent creation processes. By lateral materials I mean those that are not central to the creation process but nevertheless keep me company as “good friends” and help me much more than they think. They are modest materials, simple passers by, loyal, that are there through thick and thin, that remind you where you come from, that help you distract yourself or confront contradictions when necessary, that come to visit you, that you can call anytime, that know they won’t come out in the film but don’t mind, even prefer it that way because they are embarrassed, but that always somehow end up as extras or making the sandwiches for the trip. It’s a question of friendship and therefore of time. These are latent images (doors, windows, walls, holes, meadows, caves…), ways of doing things (horizontal, from cold to hot with nothing in between, getting dirty…), gestures (opening and closing your hands, opening and closing your mouth, irradiating the sternum…), prayers (I have time, come on, it wasn’t me, get out if you can, for dear life…), songs (hil zara by Ibon r / g, gure oroitzapenak by Mursego, como lobos by Ainara LeGardon, a shepherds’ song by Chumo de Alvaro Barriuso…) and tangential thoughts (throwing things in the air to see what happens, crosswords, journeys…).



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COS-A- COS-O (CUERP(O)-A-CUERP-O)/ HAND TO HAND

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 24/06/2019 to 29/06/2019
Presentation :
On 29/06/2019 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Fil d’Arena Teatro-danza
( Irene Ballester, Isabel Abril, Roseta Plasencia, Jose Dopateo Diaz, Hèctor Rodríguez Pérez, Ayoub Rouifi )

The ancestral nature of the human nomad, the sense of a community that moves from one place to another and never settles permanently anywhere.
Exploring the value of the individual in a collective. Looking into personal movement and what brings us together as a group.
A collective body that needs other bodies. Bodies without gender roles.
What happens when different bodies meet as part of the same expressive migration process? What kinds of relationships are formed?
Migration as both exterior and interior movement, that breaks through frontiers and boundaries, allowing for shifts and learning in bodies, disciplines, languages, bodies.
Migration as evolution.



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LA SED Y LA REVOLUCIÓN/THIRST AND REVOLUTION

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 10/06/2019 to 15/06/2019

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

Piero Steiner, Andres Corchero, Pep Ramis and Enric Ases return, under the eye of María Muñoz, to the piece premiered at the last Festival de Otoño de Cataluña Temporada Alta Girona/Salt in 2018. A week of creation to resume work on their piece, which will appear at the upcoming Grec Festival in Barcelona.

Four men of the same age, the same height and with one aim: a search for new horizons of expression and a shared language that will enable them to reach spectators right in their gut. Four men united by the complicity of their generation and a common interest in certain themes and performance strategies.



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This is water

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/06/2019 to 07/06/2019

Juan Navarro, Gonzalo Cunill
( Juan Navarro, Gonzalo Cunill )

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”
This is Water. D.F. Wallace

Juan Navarro and Gonzalo Cunill will work together again on a performance project, this time with the aim of taking a closer look at the life and work of the author of Infinite Jest. Their starting point is the lecture This is Water, which David Foster Wallace delivered on 21st May 2005 at the graduation ceremony for the prestigious Kenyon College in Ohio. That day, Wallace proposed facing the fact that “the most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are the hardest to see and talk about”. On this occasion we find him lively and optimistic, far from the demons that tortured him until his suicide in 2008.



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SER

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 20/05/2019 to 25/05/2019

Sira Aymerich, Pep Aymerich
( Sira Aymerich, Pep Aymerich )

This is a piece made by two creators from different eras who coincide at the same time. They work on the duality of one being, on confrontation with the other and with oneself. We’ll build the relationship of life size puppet replicas of father and daughter, a cadence of antagonism and affinity between the two.



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Wi (n) dow

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 13/05/2019 to 18/05/2019
Presentation :
On 18/05/2019 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Pau Aran
( Pau Aran )

How should I dance for, towards and about someone who is absent? How do I leave him or her, so as to continue dancing for the next person?

In this choreographic solo, Pau wants to develop his role as an independent performer-creator, which is emerging parallel to his current work as a teacher, after working for years as a permanent member of the
Tanztheater Wuppertal-Pina Bausch. The title of the piece is “Wi(n)dow”. The “n” is framed by its own window between brackets, and marks the potential of presence in absence.



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LLOPS TRISTOS / SAD WOLVES

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/05/2019 to 05/05/2019

Cia l'Aviador
( Cia l'Aviador )

“LLOPS TRISTOS (SAD WOLVES)” takes place in a Museum of Contemporary Art. One of those completely white museums. Various people happen to bump into each other: the assistant director, the director’s secretary, a young man and woman doing a casting for a performance. At first some are working and the others passing by. But gradually they will nearly all end up living in the Museum, one literally and others in spirit. The white space fills up. But this is because outside everything is growing more and more senseless, emptying.



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DESDE LO IMPREVISTO / UNEXPECTED

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 18/04/2019 to 23/04/2019

Rosalía Zanón
( Rosalía Zanón, Ricardo Zanón, Tristán Pérez-Martín )

There is a recurring landscape within me. Immense, immeasurable, far from all else.
The desert is almost always a single, straight line, boring and unchanging… When did it begin?
When does it end?
It is its apparent stillness that gives it its monotony and unforeseen movements are what break through it.
Is it possible to create a path through this landscape?



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SOMA

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 05/04/2019 to 16/04/2019

Javier Martín, Joaquín Jara
( Javier Martín, Joaquín Jara, Octavio Mas, Sabela Mendoza )

“mud looks at mud and understands that it is beautiful”

SOMA (provisional title) is an experiment in performance and material that focuses on a study of the body and movement as shadow and fragment. Weight and measure are an expression of its power and its disappearance, the necessary crack and abyss. An escape from ritual.
This is an installation and performance shared by dancer, sculptor and lighting expert, passing through different physical states, aesthetic concepts and qualities of movement, relating with each other and blurring their roles through sculptures, material, ambiances, objects and choreography that develop in a space formed before the spectator’s eyes.



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On Goldberg Variations / Variations

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 01/02/2019 to 27/03/2019
Presentation :
On 28/03/2019 at 20:00 in Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona)

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

Mal Pelo is continuing to work on the creation process for a new piece to be premiered on March 28th at the TNC.
María Muñoz has performed Bach, based on pieces from The Well Tempered Clavier, in many countries. Following on from this, Mal Pelo are continuing their research into a profound and dynamic language combining dance and music in dialogue with the work of J S Bach. The Bach Project provides the umbrella for three years of research on a multi-focal project on movement and the work of the German composer, based on a study of baroque music and its relationship with movement, space and choreographic composition.



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On Goldberg Variations / Variations

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 14/01/2019 to 31/01/2019
Presentation :
On 28/03/2019 at 20:00 in Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona)

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

In January Mal Pelo is continuing to work on the creation process for a new piece to be premiered on March 28th at the TNC.
María Muñoz has performed Bach, based on pieces from The Well Tempered Clavier, in many countries. Following on from this, Mal Pelo are continuing their research into a profound and dynamic language combining dance and music in dialogue with the work of J S Bach. The Bach Project provides the umbrella for three years of research on a multi-focal project on movement and the work of the German composer, based on a study of baroque music and its relationship with movement, space and choreographic composition.