Residences 
2021
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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 20:00 in Celrà (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
Presentation :
On 09/07/2021 at 19:00 in L'animal a l'esquena (Celrà)

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.