Residences 
2021
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En el nombre de Bach/In the Name of Bach

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 29/11/2021 to 11/12/2021
Presentation :
On 09/12/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Magdalena Garzón
( Magdalena Garzón )

En el nombre de Bach/In the Name of Bach is the new proposal for a performance piece by María Magdalena Garzón, following the line of research begun three years ago exploring the relationship between music and dance in performance.

While the story of the relationship between these two art forms makes us think deeply about the main artistic movements, their manifestations, aesthetics and procedures, this project, at least for now, does not claim to be a work of history or research into baroque music and dance. Bringing the two languages together, however, is an attempt to recover the essence of the gestures, in sound and body, of a shared grammar, without filters or conventional baggage. Working on music written earlier, whether or not it was composed for dance, provides a concrete, well-defined framework to work within, while also offering a broad range of possibilities and strategies for composition. In this way, in short, Bach’s work gives us a forest full of symbols, a whole continent of the unforeseen. Its vast complexity and semantic ramifications lead us to unpick the poetry of a process of craftsmanship, to work on references from our cultural heritage, and put our emphasis on the minute detail of the manipulation of the material as an element in composition. En el nombre de Bach is thus based on a desire to give due value to music that has already been written, is already made.



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Japan

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 08/11/2021 to 13/11/2021
Presentation :
On 13/11/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Mabel Olea
( Mabel Olea )

Clumsiness has been the main incentive to weave, thread and embroider a piece that hopes to capture and create a cosy, kindly atmosphere with whoever you watch it with. Being clumsy stays with us all our lives, to a greater or lesser extent, though it’s only in childhood that it is allowed, the stage when falling down and making mistakes is an innate part of learning and discovery. My intention is to reverse its meaning and praise it, to squeeze all the juice out of it and make something jolly, naive and sensitive, treating it with a radical simplicity that includes each and every one of the stages and experiences of our lives: growing up, but also falling in love or losing physical and mental faculties.
JAPAN aims to be a story that travels and shows us a catalogue of some extremely clumsy bodies. It is an over the top love letter, passionate, fantastical and innocent.



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Nunca verás nada igual porqué nos da igual/You’ll Never See Anything Like It Because We Don’t Care

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 08/11/2021 to 20/11/2021
Presentation :
On 20/11/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Los Informalls
( Los Informalls )

Los Informalls are addicted to risk, to taking the difficult path, throwing themselves into the abyss of facing up to everything beyond their control and all life’s struggles, breaking out of their comfort zone and treading the very limit of their capabilities. The aim of their new piece is to return to play and exploration of the ridiculous as research methods. This time their starting point is the hypothetical creation of a musical album … only fate will decide how this all ends. A possible premier in 2023, at the very least!



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RONDA CARTA

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 25/10/2021 to 06/11/2021
Presentation :
On 06/11/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Manuel Ronda
( Manuel Ronda )

Narration, the physical and mental body, resonance or the voices that become words, speech and words, none of these ever manifest themselves completely or directly in an accessible way. You have to seek them out with intuition, lucid effort, determined to invent an expression of the self.
An affirmation of character that breaks free of the absolutes of reality, designing motifs that are never detected or organised according to the hierarchy of efficiency and the superiority of movement and synthesis. These are diagrams, impressions in style and structure, in shapes, in a range of recorded narratives.



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La Contínua/Continuous

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 18/10/2021 to 23/10/2021
Presentation :
On 23/10/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Mariantònia Oliver
( Mariantònia Oliver )

For the thirtieth anniversary of the Compañía Mariantònia Oliver, the artist has decided to “revisit” some of the pieces that have been significant in her career, bring them back to life and interpret them with all her accumulated experience and a fresh perspective.

La Continua is based on the concept of fragmentation as a basis for experiment and choreographic composition, in the creation of a situation of tense intimacy with the audience and by active, improvised involvement of spectators 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.



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Figuras del umbral/Figures on the Threshold

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 06/10/2021 to 11/10/2021
Presentation :
On 11/10/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Javier Martín
( Javier Martín )

FIGURAS DEL UMBRAL is based on the reflections of a body in the age of acceleration. We live in times of lives in flight, caught in the inertia of everyday life and rhythms determined by the demands of production and efficiency, which constantly postpone desire and scatter and fragment our attention. These accelerated bodies are full of pent up speed, inorganic ways of doing things and tacit behaviours, and lack repertoire. In these crazy times, Pasolini’s slogan becomes more relevant than ever: “throw your body into battle”, throw your body into dance, alert to a moderate, observant vibe, ready to open up to create new movements, new gestures to break with the hegemony of the myth that technology is neutral, for it depends on cultural norms.



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I’m not an influencer

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 27/09/2021 to 02/10/2021
Presentation :
On 02/10/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Reinaldo Ribeiro
( Reinaldo Ribeiro )

“Are you Sarah Connor?”

The flutter of seconds that separates the question from the answer is enough to allow the exterminator literally to put his foot in the door, press the trigger and fire at point blank range, without knowing if this is, or not in fact the person he was looking for. In that instant he exterminates any imminent or immediate future for that person.



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Impromptu

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 06/09/2021 to 11/09/2021
Presentation :
On 11/09/2011 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Gaia Magrané, Michèle Benz
( Gaia Magrané, Michèle Benz )

FREE PERFORMANCE WITH LIMITED CAPACITY DUE TO COVID MEASURES. RESERVATION REQUIRED, MAXIMUM 20 PEOPLE

Impromptu is the name of a project by Michèle Benz and Gaia Magrané, a Swiss-Spanish artistic duo. This residency comes in the early days of the project, which began just over a year ago. In it they will be exercising and developing their aptitudes and capacity for instant, spontaneous creation, with the listening skills needed to construct something interesting alongside everything that surrounds us in the here and now (objects, sound, audience, music, bodies …), to be played around with at their whim.



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PRUDENTES COMO SERPIENTES/PRUDENT AS SERPENTS

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 23/08/2021 to 04/09/2021
Presentation :
On 04/09/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Bernardo Gamboa, Harif Ovalle, David Jiménez
( Bernardo Gamboa, Harif Ovalle, David Jiménez )

The starting point is to explore the spectrum of representations of the Devil in different cultures, with the aim of finding some underlying connection. This cross-cultural record makes us consider, firstly, our own frame of reference, rescuing the figures that have been regarded as “diabolical” since pre-hispanic times, from the devils in nativity plays to the dark western demons of the middle ages, from the profound shamanism of indigenous cultures to the vulgar satanism of teenage games, the chilling obscurantism of the Judeo-Christian devil to the colourful demons of folk dance.



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DIOSCURES

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 16/08/2021 to 21/08/2021

Marta Izquierdo
( Marta Izquierdo )

For this new choreographic project, Marta Izquierdo will invite two men to take on the mythological figures of titans or twins. This is an encounter between two dancers, Pepe Serrano and Kouadio Ebenezer, working on mythological figures. Firstly we have the Titans, archaic figures of Greek mythology who lived on Olympus before they were chased out by Zeus and his divine sons. Then we have the heroic and tragic figures of the inseparable twins Castor and Pollux.
Pepe Serrano lives in Madrid, Kouadio Ebenezer (“Ebony”) in Toulouse. They share an imposing height, youth (aged 18 and 23), and appear as two living sculptures, two brother Titans separated not by Mount Olympus, but by the Pyrenees.
These giants, far from having a monolithic virility, are androgynous. As usual in the choreographic projects of Marta Izquierdo, there is a distance between the figure and the performer who embodies him or her.
Pepe is currently working as a drag artist in the discos of Madrid, combining this activity with his work as an actor-performer and as a plastic artist.
Ebenezer is a dancer. He has been a classical dancer but is chiefly known for Voguing, though open to other choreographic languages.



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El aspecto sensorial de las cosas/The Sensory Aspect of Things

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 09/08/2021 to 14/08/2021

Federica Porello
( Federica Porello )

El aspecto sensorial de las cosas is an investigation into the pairing of fragmentation and coordination, applied to thought, movement and the other “things” that make up the identity of a performance piece. It is a project fuelled by a desire to share, in the journey towards the creation of a solo, in interviews and workshops, the questions that arise in the theoretical and physical landscapes that are traversed in the writing of a piece of work.



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Papillon

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 09/08/2021 to 14/08/2021

Àngel Duran
( Àngel Duran )

PAPILLON questions the contemporary concept of individual liberty in a society that is ever more dependent. This proposal exposes the collision between impulse and reason; false freedom and real freedom. The identity and singularity of the individual is questioned, with the pretext of presenting the performer in a fictitious luminous cocoon, clearly inspired by a modern Platonic cave.
By understanding anxiety as a vertigo induced by freedom and the inability to take control, the piece presents us with a human being reduced to little more than a sleepwalking robot, a kind of insect-eating puppet, like a butterfly trapped in the light.
The set is surrounded by a light installation around the performer like a cage. The beauty and light of this do not let us see beyond, hiding whatever is in the darkness. Limits and liberty co-exist in the reality of the individual, just as darkness and light are part of the reality of mankind.
The aim of this residency is to finish/conclude the piece before its first performance at the Fira Tàrrega, so the whole team, or most of us, need to meet to fine-tune all the information and every aspect of the piece.



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Panorámica/Panorama

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 02/08/2021 to 07/08/2021

Vicent Gisbert
( Vicent Gisbert )

Panorámica is a collective research and creation project in dance that promotes the use of imagination on stage as a tool to stimulate reflection, experiment and discussion.

The project brings together various collaborators from different artistic fields and is based on the search for an empty space to act as a canvass, so as later to construct landscapes and architecture that provide an alternative to the current reality. From the body, movement, music, audiovisual material and writing, it will generate layers to define places for invention.

I am especially attracted to the idea of approaching EMPTINESS as a way of confronting the excess of information we now have and the power of manipulation this exercises without our hardly noticing. I also like the concept of the LINE as a basic element that is present in all artistic fields, as well as its use to create complicities and the possibility of a break with power.



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Neti Neti

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 19/07/2021 to 24/07/2021
Presentation :
On 29/07/2021 at 18:00 in Teatre Ateneu (Celrà)

Amalia Fernández
( Amalia Fernández )

A project by Amalia Fernández accompanied by Monica Muntaner and Catherine Sardella. Neti Neti is a Hindu concept meaning something like “neither this nor that”. It is a method for growing closer to the comprehension of the divine, the absolute, the origin of existence, or whatever you care to call it. This understanding not only cannot be reached by intellectual means, but demands that you should avoid logical reasoning if it is to be achieved.



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El universo se rompió en el mar/The Universe Broke In The Sea

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 05/07/2021 to 17/07/2021
Presentation :
On 17/07/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Ayara Hernández
( Ayara Hernández )

Every piece of work I do begins (or continues) with the desire to work on something latent that is pushing to come out. The process is set up with a group of people in a very intuitive way, trying out many things that sometimes don’t seem to come to anything, big ideas appearing and falling away, crises following upon discoveries, until the material is there. At a certain moment, decisions are made that mould the work, we mourn what is to be left out and celebrate what remains (this is the moment when the work itself takes its own decisions and responds to its own needs, becoming somehow independent from us). When the piece is first performed the public arrive, and colleagues, and the conversation begins and we begin to understand what we have made, this living thing. The “new” creation that I want to make comes from certain concerns that still remain from my previous pieces: En la sombra de un elefante (In the Shade of an Elephant) and Retrato de un monstruo (Portrait of a Monster).



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Cos solidari – Cos Comú/Body of Solidarity - Shared Body

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 02/07/2021 to 10/07/2021

Federica Folco, Idoia Zabaleta
( Federica Folco, Idoia Zabaleta )

Holding this residency at L'animal a l’esquena offers the opportunity to revisit a space I am fond of, full of care and motivation which invites one to go deeper into the complexities of our practice. The project emerged from the dialogue between our desires and the special circumstances our communities are living through at the moment. Within the framework of the project I have been working on for several years, Insurrección del sensible (Insurrection of the Sensitive), I propose, in collaboration with Idoia Zabaleta, to investigate and create experiences that promote plural, porous, dynamic, diverse and shared bodies.



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Todas las nubes posibles 0.2: encuentro de curadores de cine/All Possible Clouds 0.2: meeting of film curators

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 02/07/2021 to 10/07/2021
Presentation :
On 08/07/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Garbiñe Ortega
( Garbiñe Ortega )

Whether in Spain or abroad, there are hardly any venues or publications dedicated exclusively to film curation. One research project by the curator and editor Garbiñe Ortega is precisely to create spaces for reflection, the exchange of ideas and education about the practice of curation in different spaces and formats.



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Rave

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 28/06/2021 to 02/07/2021
Presentation :
On 02/07/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Cecilia Colacrai
( Cecilia Colacrai )

OPEN REHEARSAL WITH LIMITED CAPACITY UNDER RESERVATION BY COVID MEASURES, MAXIMUM 20 PEOPLE

R.A.V.E. (Revolutionary Group for Voluntary Extermination)
“The absence of a future has already begun. The that has finished arrived, yet again, which suggests that perhaps it has never ceased beginning…” (from the book “Is There A World To Come” by Déborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro).

Starting from the idea of the finite, limit and end, an instantaneous device for composition is put into play in the form of a solo.
The future, the idea of the cycle, of returning to the known, coming back, implacable time, permanence versus change, the indefinite, the foreseeable, endurance and incessant transformation, are some of the starting points for the construction of this piece which, inevitably, in broaching hypotheses on the future must also deal with beginnings.



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Viaje al centro de un idiota/Journey to the Centre of an Idiot

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 14/06/2021 to 23/06/2021
Presentation :
On 07/07/2021 at 19:00 in El Canal (Salt)

Xavier Bobés, Enric Montefusco
( Xavier Bobés, Enric Montefusco )

OPEN REHEARSAL WITH LIMITED CAPACITY UNDER RESERVATION ON JULY 7 AT THE CANAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, SALT, GIRONA

At a certain point in my career I understood that when it came down to it, my work was to give light and value to things which appear not to have either, and vice versa. This is the most important function of the artist, since he must be able to lift himself out of inertia, blindspots and conventions, to stand back and, with a bit of luck, enderezer something in his life and, to an extent, in society itself. In other words, being able to change our view is the only thing we should aspire to in order to face the dark corners of the psyche and the insondables mechanisms that groups of humans drag around with them.

It is with this aim in sight that the manipulator of objects works, looking and looking again at the material, passing it from one hand to another, investigating it on every scale to find new and unexpected uses that will reveal the profound nature that makes it what it is, and above all everything that it could be, since the object is always a projection of ourselves.

So much so that the main subject of this project is myself, the purported artist, a crude metaphor for the individual. Perhaps the act of making art is in fact by definition a sacrifice. Every song, every show, may involve throwing something of supposed value on the fire. The manipulator of objects works to visualise shadow and does in fact make it flesh. The manipulator of objects accompanies the artist into the abyss: the abyss of loss of identity, loss of image, loss of reason and loss of courage. Maybe he is the one who needs the opulent, blind and arrogant concept and way of life that we have as a society.

So the musical artist and his shadow on stage will perform a kind of naked ritual full of songs, sounds, dreams and symbols, spoken words, vomited texts, confessions, darkness, epiphanies, dances, catharsis and tiny gestures that contain the subtle fight to the death between necessary, deceitful meaning and nothingness.
Enric Montefusco



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DE UNA EN UNA [versos sobre un tejado errante]/From One Into Another

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 14/06/2021 to 19/06/2021
Presentation :
On 19/06/2021 at 21:30 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Barbara Cappi
( Barbara Cappi )

OPEN REHEARSAL WITH LIMITED CAPACITY UNDER RESERVATION BY COVID MEASURES, MAXIMUM 20 PEOPLE

Inspired by rural landscape and manual work, the piece De una en otra (From One Into Another) combines dance, visual and object theatre. Through the manipulation of thirty seven tiles, three performers draw visual and sound landscapes with a movement marked by physical labour and constant effort.
De una a otra tries to transform and transcend the fragility and weight of the tiles into an emblem of equilibrium and of human relations submitting to matter. It favours materials and sounds that are harsh, delicate but forceful, vulnerable to irreversible breakage.
The piece seeks shadows and corners of the city: patios, patches of wasteland, areas under reconstruction.



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Abrazo/Embrace

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 31/05/2021 to 05/06/2021
Presentation :
On 05/06/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Nerea Martínez
( Nerea Martínez )

OPEN REHEARSAL WITH LIMITED CAPACITY UNDER RESERVATION BY COVID MEASURES, MAXIMUM 20 PEOPLE

Abrazo (Embrace) is the next project coming up for MAR-MAR, directed by Nerea Martínez, with Natalia García Muro and the designer Mónica Lavandera.
We’re talking about bodies in a state of stillness, image, infinite vision, a time for contemplation, silence appreciated in all its 360º. We’re looking at what would happen if we were to work with the idea of feeling that we were sculptures, matter. If we think of the body made of clay: how would it move? The idea of stillness, a slow time, an image changing imperceptibly so that, almost without realising, you are seeing a different sculpture, a different embrace, another action. It’s as if it were a photogram.



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Matrioshka

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 10/05/2021 to 15/05/2021

Sandra Sotelo
( Sandra Sotelo )

“This civilization is over. And everyone knows it”, says McKenzie Wark.
Matrioshka was first born with all her identical bodies inevitably splitting off to feed the great machine. Now we have reached the last body, and matrioshka has become a myth of liminality and vertigo.



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Epistolario Manila/Manila Epistles

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 10/05/2021 to 29/05/2021
Presentation :
On 29/05/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Catalina Julve
( Catalina Julve )

The artist Catalina Julve will have several sessions working on her new project Epistolario Manila/Manila Epistles.



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Nunca verás nada igual porqué nos da igual/You’ll Never See Anything Like It Because We Don’t Care

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 10/05/2021 to 29/05/2021

Los Informalls
( Los Informalls )

Losinformalls are addicted to risk, to taking the difficult path, throwing themselves into the abyss of facing up to everything beyond their control and all life’s struggles, breaking out of their comfort zone and treading the very limit of their capabilities.



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Fenómeno/Phenomenon

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 03/05/2021 to 08/05/2021

Moon Ribas, Quim Girón
( Moon Ribas, Quim Girón )

This project is the first artistic collaboration between Quim Girón (contemporary circus artist) and Moon Ribas (cyborg choreographer), in which they research how to bring natural phenomena to the stage. Fenómeno (Phenomenon) is a duet in conversation with temperature and ice, the main element they use to model different universes. There is constant transformation during the piece, of space, bodies and matter.
From a fridge on wheels comes ice that will pass through all its states: solid, liquid and gas. Fenómeno invites the audience to a space that is intimate, fresh and poetic.
Phenomena open the door to mystery, the unknown of how science works, the uncontrollable force of nature, but they can also go beyond magnitude. Each of us is a small phenomenon and we can even feel phenomenal. The piece Fenómeno invites the audience to a cosy space, but not necessarily between the four walls of a theatre. It could be a factory or in the open countryside, always seeking intimacy, darkness, silence and level ground.



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Pause In Movement / Third Encounter

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 01/05/2021 to 08/05/2021

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

In August Mercè and Estefanía began the task of writing about the journey they have made, the process they have undertaken, everything they have learned and experienced in many years working with boys and girls. During that first encounter they had the opportunity to share their material and began to shape the content of their project. This enabled them to exchange ideas about teaching dance, and from there various intuitions and paths suggested themselves, which they now wish to explore further.



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The Last Sifir

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 24/04/2021 to 01/05/2021

Cia. Quisigui
( Cia. Quisigui )

This solo developed from a desire to find a shared language between circus, dance and theatre. Based on formal research, we now have this piece looking into the expressive possibilities of such a language. The emphasis in creating the piece is on generating a personal aesthetic and drama evolving from body language and equality among the elements of the performance, exploiting the potential of each in a symbiosis expressed through an atmosphere and narrative made up of all these components.
We sense a voice that makes no sound, but reasons all the time. It is the artifice of the time that is what we are, and it whispers in the silence of every mind: “I am the illusion of being someone”. The mystery of consciousness creates delusions of existence. The unconscious is revealed in what I believe I see. Memory is made up of dreams, memories lived by someone else and stimuli from the dark, saturated mass that is forgetting. The more we delve into an introspective disquisition, the more intimate are the answers, the more language deserts us, the more we are isolated by thought and the more exposed the void beneath what we supposed to be our personality, revealing to us, in our very presence, the disintegration of what we are - pure impersonality, the enigma of the I and its inevitable abandonment.
The residency at L’animal will take place in the weeks leading up to the premier planned at La Planeta in Gerona and will enable us to perfect and work on our acting and physical performance.



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Epistolario Manila/Manila Epistles

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 01/03/2021 to 06/03/2021

Catalina Julve
( Catalina Julve )

The artist Catalina Julve will have several sessions working on her new project Epistolario Manila/Manila Epistles.



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La sed y la revolución/Thirst and revolution

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 21/02/2021

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

OSSO CLUB, the artistic association of Piero Steiner, Andrés Corchero, Pep Ramis and Enric Ases, is made up of four artists with highly individual lines of creation but one shared aim: to share their personal ways of doing things, their views on theatre and movement.

“La sed y la revolución”/“Thirst and Revolution” focuses on apparently insignificant attitudes, gestures and dialogues that serve as metaphors for feelings that come from the depths and contradictions of the human soul.



Highlands

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 08/02/2021 to 16/04/2021
Presentation :
On 00/00/0000 at 00:00 in Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona)

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Highlands is the title of the new production to be presented by the company in May 2021 at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. A piece that brings the Bach Project to a close, the last part of the tetralogy on the live music of Bach.
Highlands follows the path of research begun with Inventions, looking more deeply into the language to offer a performance piece.

A piece about spirituality, darkness and light.
White light and the inner darkness of the body.
Red blood runs through our bodies, light forms
its outlines. The interior cannot be illuminated.

A proposal for 15 performers: 7 dancers, 4 lyric singers and 4 string instrumentalists.
A piece about profundity, light, the language of movement and the resonance of live music.
A concert of space, bodies and music.

The music revolves around fragments of the Cantatas, the Partita no.II (with emphasis on the version of the Ciaccona for quartet of voices and violin) and some pieces from the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach, performed under the direction of Mal Pelo.



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Highlands

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 08/02/2021 to 16/04/2021
Presentation :
On 06/05/2021 at 19:00 in Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona)

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Highlands is the title of the new production to be presented by the company in May 2021 at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. A piece that brings the Bach Project to a close, the last part of the tetralogy on the live music of Bach.
Highlands follows the path of research begun with Inventions, looking more deeply into the language to offer a performance piece.

A piece about spirituality, darkness and light.
White light and the inner darkness of the body.
Red blood runs through our bodies, light forms
its outlines. The interior cannot be illuminated.

A proposal for 15 performers: 7 dancers, 4 lyric singers and 4 string instrumentalists.
A piece about profundity, light, the language of movement and the resonance of live music.
A concert of space, bodies and music.

The music revolves around fragments of the Cantatas, the Partita no.II (with emphasis on the version of the Ciaccona for quartet of voices and violin) and some pieces from the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach, performed under the direction of Mal Pelo.



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Highlands

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 08/02/2021 to 16/04/2021

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Highlands is the title of the new production to be presented by the company in May 2021 at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. A piece that brings the Bach Project to a close, the last part of the tetralogy on the live music of Bach.
Highlands follows the path of research begun with Inventions, looking more deeply into the language to offer a performance piece.

A piece about spirituality, darkness and light.
White light and the inner darkness of the body.
Red blood runs through our bodies, light forms
its outlines. The interior cannot be illuminated.

A proposal for 15 performers: 7 dancers, 4 lyric singers and 4 string instrumentalists.
A piece about profundity, light, the language of movement and the resonance of live music.
A concert of space, bodies and music.

The music revolves around fragments of the Cantatas, the Partita no.II (with emphasis on the version of the Ciaccona for quartet of voices and violin) and some pieces from the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach, performed under the direction of Mal Pelo.



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Incierta vía/Uncertain Path

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
On 30/01/2021

Pep Aymerich
( Pep Aymerich )

For the past twelve years a group of people involved in the visual arts have been meeting regularly to talk, share ideas, intuitions and experiences about research into the spiritual side of art. After holding several collective exhibitions, this group has decided to go ahead with an idea that has attracted us from the start: to create something together. The different “I”s working to give way to an integrated “we”.

Incierta Vía is an installation, the fruit of this work, offering a perception of the journey of human beings through time. From certainty to uncertainty. Primitive ignorance opening up to the possibility of being caught unawares by beauty and glimpsing the mystery of the ungraspable.

In parallel to this, we will hold a Forum on Contemporary Art and Spirituality. This will consist of a series of open conversations in which to share our questions, with people of different sensibilities and with the general public.



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La Contínua/Continuous

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 22/01/2021 to 26/01/2021

Mariantònia Oliver
( Mariantònia Oliver )

For the thirtieth anniversary of the Compañía Mariantònia Oliver, the artist has decided to “revisit” some of the pieces that have been significant in her career, bring them back to life and interpret them with all her accumulated experience and a fresh perspective.

La Continua is based on the concept of fragmentation as a basis for experiment and choreographic composition, in the creation of a situation of tense intimacy with the audience and by active, improvised involvement of spectators 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.



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Alfabeto/Alphabet

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 19/01/2021 to 23/01/2021
Presentation :
On 23/01/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

Xavier Bobés
( Xavier Bobés )

ALFABET/Towards a score for object manipulation/Thinking with our hands

The aim of the research project ALFABETO is to decipher the complex score for manipulation that is used in the creative process in the theatre of objects. This challenge will be met by writing a Theatrical Essay looking into a possible methodology for composition with objects and all kinds of other materials.

Every family of objects needs its own expressive code, its own unique language. The difficulty lies in knowing how to make out the alphabet, later building simple sentences so as gradually to achieve your own native and original discourse. Learning how to listen, and the abstract, poetic interpretation of objects, is an exhaustive and exhausting process, but also a thrilling one. It is a journey into the abyss of the individual and collective unconscious that often fits completely organically into the time of exploration, play and study, like an old friend. This procedure requires constant training by the performer, so as to gain, through daily practice, the capacity to find the essence of the dynamics of expression and meaning of everyday objects and all the material around them. With great perseverance and concentration, gradually a score for manipulation will emerge, that will grow ever more autonomous, mobile and expansive.



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Highlands

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 11/01/2021 to 15/01/2021

Mal Pelo
( Mal Pelo )

Highlands is the title of the new production to be presented by the company in May 2021 at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. A piece that brings the Bach Project to a close, the last part of the tetralogy on the live music of Bach.
Highlands follows the path of research begun with Inventions, looking more deeply into the language to offer a performance piece.

A piece about spirituality, darkness and light.
White light and the inner darkness of the body.
Red blood runs through our bodies, light forms
its outlines. The interior cannot be illuminated.

A proposal for 15 performers: 7 dancers, 4 lyric singers and 4 string instrumentalists.
A piece about profundity, light, the language of movement and the resonance of live music.
A concert of space, bodies and music.

The music revolves around fragments of the Cantatas, the Partita no.II (with emphasis on the version of the Ciaccona for quartet of voices and violin) and some pieces from the Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach, performed under the direction of Mal Pelo.



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Pausa en movimiento / Segundo encuentro - Pause In Movement/Second Encounter

L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)
From 07/01/2021 to 13/01/2021

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

In August Mercè and Estefanía began the task of writing about the journey they have made, the process they have undertaken, everything they have learned and experienced in many years working with boys and girls. During that first encounter they had the opportunity to share their material and began to shape the content of their project. This enabled them to exchange ideas about teaching dance, and from there various intuitions and paths suggested themselves, which they now wish to explore further.