Gaiás, Cidade da Cultura
Escenas do cambio 2022

Festival de teatro,
danza e arte en acción

Hammamturgia generates and captures the flow of bodies and things in space, a sequence that does not explain anything, but proposes and activates transformations, a choreographic work, in short, that works with space and time. We understand hammamturgia as the expression of ‘other’ in playwriting. Playwriting is therefore the action of creating, composing and performing a play. Hammamturgia, on the other hand, refers to a relationship with the atmospheric conditions that produce the transformation of the form/work, the step to take is to get inside, to go through, to be what moves us and what we don’t see.

The space itself is being constructed and transformed during the action, in full view of the spectators. This space is nothing more than a shared environment. An environment where you can’t tell you’re on the outside from the inside. It is just a membrane, in which we breathe (and live, at least for this time) together.

The form that this fact takes in Hammamturgia is to make the environment, with the environment. In a way, we make the house from the inside, transforming little by little, gently, the place we arrived at — and which we call theatre — into another place.

We transform it and make this transformation visible. It is not about making an environment from start to finish, but about making something out of the conditions that constitute it.

Societat Doctor Alonso

The Societat Doctor Alonso, created in 2001 and directed by Tomàs Aragay (theatre director and playwright) and Sofía Asencio (dancer and choreographer) has constructed a language that finds one of its fundamental focuses in the concept of displacement. To situate something outside its proper place, environment or space, to investigate how this displacement modifies language both in its constitutive grammar and in the reading that an observer can make: to move in order to reveal something. This manoeuvre of displacement has proved to be an effective tool for generating spaces of poetic discourse that challenge the status quo of our understanding of reality.

Data sheet

Cataluña-Valencia | 55 min | 9 €
Theatre

Hammamturgia: Tomàs Aragay and Sofia Asencio
Stage direction: Tomàs Aragay
Creation and performance: Sofía Asencio, Beatriz Lobo, Ana Cortés, Kidows Kim
Scenic space consultancy: Cube.bz and Serrucho
Lighting and stage space: Cube.bz
Sound space: Maties Palau
Wardrobe: Jorge Dutor
Communication and distribution: Sara Serrano
Production: Imma Bobé
Show co-produced by: Le Grütli, Centre de production et de diffusion des Arts Vivants, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Azkuna Zentroa, Auditorio de Tenerife, La Mutant, espai d'Arts Vives.
With the collaboration of: ICEC, Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals, INAEM, Institut Nacional de les Arts Escéniques i de la Música, Institut Ramon Llull.

Premiere

In Galicia

*At 12 noon, there will be a free technical performance for students of the Escola Superior de Arte Dramática de Galicia.
Hammamturgia Saturday 7th May, 9.30pm City of Culture Gaiás Centre Museum. Room 1

The night is long but white. Glowing. Thanks to the power of nothingness, impotence can be broken through.

Ramón Souto

Ramón Souto (Vigo, 1976). Composer and sound artist. Active as a creator of experimental chamber music, electronic music, performance, installations, musical theatre and opera. He explores different forms of sound production in acoustic and electronic devices to generate and expand expressivities.

Data sheet

Galicia | 60-75 min
Contemporary music. Concert at dawn
Site specific

Musical composition: Ramón Souto
Lyrics: Santiago López Petit
Sound engineering: Ramon Souto, Ignacio Barcia, Henrique Fernandes, Gustavo Costa, Mateo Mena
Soloists: Guillermina Gallardo, mezzo-soprano; Enrique Martínez, tenor; Gustavo Castillo, bass.
Choir of performers: Alicia Louzán, soprano; Sara Cayetano Sío, soprano; Remedios Cruz, alto; Andrea Búa, alto; Lucas López, bass; Francisco Pérez Piñon, bass.
Vertixe Sonora: Roberto Alonso, violin; Pablo Coello, saxophone; María Mogas, accordion; Carlos Méndez, double bass; Nuno Pinto, electric guitar; Haruna Takebe and David Durán, piano; Diego Ventoso, percussion; Pilar Fontalba, oboe.
Ensemble New Music Tallinn: Marion Strandberg, flutes; Helena Tuuling, clarinet; Nina Kawaguchi, violin; Talvi Nurgama, viola; Teemu Mastovaara, cello.
‘Facendo novos camiños’ residency. Gaiás Artist-in-Residence Programme 2022

Free of charge after collecting an invitation.

*Breakfast afterwards at the Gaiás Centre Museum for those attending.
The night is long but white. Glowing. Thanks to the power of nothingness, impotence can be broken through.

Premiere

World premiere
NIHIL Sunday 8th May, 6.30am City of Culture Campo do Gaiás

¿Qué es el agua? (What is water?) — the first work in the Tetralogía de los elementos, is a site-specific homage to the fascinating mystery that water represents in each and every one of its variants.

As it has done on other occasions, La Soledad Company delivers a land theatre offering, a term borrowed from art. Marc Caellas and Esteban Feune de Colombi, founders of the collective, began the first investigations under this new initiative in 2018 in Havana, starting with a reading of “La isla en peso”, a poem by Cuban poet Virgilio Piñera.

From then on, they accumulated journeys, texts and rituals revolving around water, on and off the water, mainly on islands, by the side of a river or in maritime cities. Such was the case of Finisterre, where, after a residency in situ, which was conceived as a result of their participation in Escenas do cambio 2021, they will premiere ¿Qué es el agua? (What is water?). This time, it will be a journey that the spectators will start in Compostela when they board a bus bound for the municipality where the Camino de Santiago is said to officially end.

[PLEASE NOTE: The ticket includes the transfer by bus from the City of Culture complex to Fisterra and back. The audience is advised to bring their headphones for the bus audio performance, although the organisation will have spares. The performance route is not suitable for people who have mobility issues or carry baby buggies].].

Compañía La Soledad (Marc Caellas and Esteban Feune de Colombi)

Esteban Feune de Colombi was born in Buenos Aires, has lived in Paris, Barcelona and Geneva, and works in different parts of the world. He is a poet, actor, photographer, editor and performer.

Marc Caellas was born in Barcelona and has lived in London, São Paulo, Miami, Caracas, Bogotá and Buenos Aires. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose projects take the form of books, performances, plays and cultural projects that hybridise literature, music, theatre and contemporary art.

In 2011, Marc & Esteban created Compañía La Soledad in Bogota, focused on travelling stage offerings, performances and site-specific works, whose emblematic piece is El paseo de Robert Walser, with more than 150 performances in thirty cities around the world.

They also produced the works Cuento mi vida (Bogotá and Buenos Aires, 2014), Come en casa Borges (Barcelona, 2016), Sin cartas no hay amor (Ciclo Anfitriona, Barcelona, 2017), Juego de cartas (Mexico, 2018), Nobel a Borges (FILBA, Buenos Aires, 2018), El inventor del paraíso (Majorca, 2018), Bolaño, vuelve a casa (Barcelona, 2020) and Sin timón & en el delirio (Mexico City, 2021).

Data sheet

Catalonia | 4 hours | 15 €
Site-specific

Direction and playwriting: La Soledad Company (Marc Caellas and Esteban Feune de Colombi)
Production, administration and distribution: Dos Orillas Cultura, Ángels Queralt
Aquatic choreography: Corinne Spitalier
Image: Muriel Escalera
Cast: Marc Caellas, Esteban Feune de Colombi, Corinne Spitalier and Muriel Escalera together with people from the local community of Fisterra.
The project is a co-production by Dos Orillas Cultura (Spain), FIT de Cádiz (Spain), Escenas do cambio (City of Culture, Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and ORTEUV de Veracruz (Mexico), and is supported by IBERESCENA.
With the collaboration of Fisterra City Council

[PLEASE NOTE: The ticket includes the transfer by bus from the City of Culture complex to Fisterra and back. The audience is advised to bring their headphones for the bus audio performance. However, the organisation will have spares // The performance route is not suitable for people who have mobility issues or carry baby buggies].

Premiere

In Galicia
¿Qué es el agua? Sunday 8th May , 10am Fisterra City of Culture - Fisterra Cemetery - Langosteira Beach

OUTsideINsideOUTside is a piece created specifically for the space in the City of Culture complex that works with traditional elements but used in a non-traditional way: text, quotes and fragments, acts, dance, the dramatic experience, the relationship with the spectators and improvisation, and referential authors, such as Samuel Beckett and Berthold Brecht. The piece places us in the intersection between reality and fiction, and takes the place itself and the spectators as part of this.

A journey that, in the manner of a Moebius strip, goes inside and goes outside to bring us back inside. Inside what? ¿Outside what? From where?

Successive encounters, poetic, discursive and visual sequences and mini-sequences pass through texts by various authors, almost always from their unfinished pieces, constructing ideas and concepts that are sometimes abstract, through universal speech, with silences and reflections, thoughts aloud. We reflect on contemporary life. The life of thought.

OUTsideINsideOUTside is, despite all its stimuli, a story. It tells a short story about how we manifest ourselves and become something we don’t want, how we are made of resignation, and thus find ourselves again in the dialogue between the real and the true.

Sara Molina

Renowned actress and playwright, pioneer of the Spanish theatrical avant-garde. Originally trained with Albert Boadella (Els Joglars) and Zubics-Panadeiro (actors and dancers from Llanta Bausch’s company), the work of Sara Molina (Jaén, 1958) has always been marked by new languages and the performative, but without renouncing the traces of excellence. As a stage director, she has directed more than forty productions, and her plays as an author include  Imperfecta armonía (Imperfect Harmony), Made in China and Mónadas (Monads), to name but a few. She has participated in various national and international theatre festivals, such as the Avignon Festival, the FIT in Cádiz and the Muestra de Teatro Español de Autores Contemporáneos in Alicante. She has also worked as a theatre teacher at the Universities of Granada, Malaga, Cuenca and Barcelona, as well as at municipal workshops, performing arts schools and public schools.

Data sheet

Andalusia | 60-75 min | 9 €
Theatre-dance | Site-specific

Lorena Ayala - flamenco dancer and performer
Mónica Francés - actress, performer and poet
Andrés Montero and Borja López - actors
Sara Molina - director of the play also present on stage
Joaquín Cutillas - lighting

Premiere

World premiere
OUTsideINsideOUTside Sunday 8th May , 8.30pm City of Culture CINC Building | Conference Hall

The company founded by Tomeo Vergés presents two shows that function as a diptych, which are both an expression and a reconsideration of the masculine and feminine environments.

Moi, Antonio M. 

Moi, Antonio M. is a kind of self-portrait born from Alvaro Morell’s desire to explore the gap between what we present of ourselves and what we hide behind social and cultural masks. Using elements and materials that are very dear to him and inspired by the burlesque genre and the clown figure, he stages the multiplicity of “selves” that, like all of us, constitute him—a poetic and vital journey, absurd, disturbing and funny.

Que du bonheur (?)

Que du bonheur (?) — which could translate as «Only joy (?)» —  deconstructs and decomposes body movement studies. What does it mean to be a woman? To what codes, to what social pressure must women submit? «Tomeo Vergés has found a beautiful stage metaphor to dig into the question and question the expected or required images that keep women on a set path.» And on a path is where the performer Sandrine Maisonneuve finds herself: to the rhythm of a hypnotic metronome whose cadence she forces herself to follow, she repeats and transforms a set of daily movements. A prisoner despite herself, she engages in a back-and-forth battle, plays with clichés and body language ranging from the composition of the image of a perfect woman to her transformation into an ancestral warrior. Comical, bitting, and liberating!

Compagnie Man Drake / Tomeo Vergés 

Since its creation in 1992, the Man Drake company has been working on the border between theatre and dance, with each discipline influencing the other in a state of continuous friction. Tomeo Vergés develops this work through the company’s various pieces which, although usually theatrical in nature, focus on the body. Their performances give a new twist to everyday situations — revealing a man confronted with the absurdity of his world — and bring to light a disturbing strangeness. Its tone could be described as surreal or absurd, or, in any case, off-key. In parallel, Man Drake develops “off-stage” choreographic formats that compare bodies with different kinds of spaces to feed the imagination and create new poetics of the body.

This work is also expressed through the company’s educational programmes and awareness-raising events. These, in the same way as the company’s stage works, are often based on more than one artistic discipline at a time (such as visual arts or film), and go beyond the idea of a simple workshop or class, taking various forms (performances, film screenings and lectures, for example).

Data sheet

France | 60 min. (30 for each piece) | 9 €
Dance

MOI, ANTONIO M.
Conception: Alvaro Morell, Tomeo Vergés, Véronique Petit
Performance: Alvaro Morell
Production: Compagnie Man Drake
Co-production: Théâtre Le Colombier (Bagnolet)
Residencies: Théâtre Le Colombier (Bagnolet), Espace Lino Ventura (Garges-Lès-Gonesse), l'Usine, Centre national des arts de la rue et de l'espace public (Tournefeuille/Toulouse Métropole)
With the support of the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France - Ministère de la Culture and the Conseil Départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis.

QUE DU BONHEUR (?)
Art direction: Tomeo Vergés
Performance: Sandrine Maisonneuve

Premiere

In Galicia
Moi, Antonio M. / Que du bonheur (?) Sunday 8th May , 5pm City of Culture Gaiás Centre Museum. Room 1

Close to the water, open, close, let out, open water, stagnant water, it is no longer something other, it is something of one’s own, internal, open, let out, be…

A woman locked in a toilet, climbing on a toilet, freeing herself from the things that oppress her, wallowing in her own shit, wallowing… she plunges into an inner journey, aimlessly…

Open water, outside there is a big party… something is finishing… something is ending…

Desperation, fears, madness and tenderness accompany her until the end… Lost in the immensity of an uncertain space of water, emotions and toilets…

I could have sworn I saw you, I could have sworn you were there….

Waterclose is set in the realm of the theatre of cruelty, where actions, text and emotions alike narrate the soul of a woman in crisis, in a vertiginous rhythm of images, with a raw and sensitive aesthetic. Waterclose speaks of change, of letting go, of opening up and letting it flow, of new, clean, fresh water…

In 2002, the Mexican playwright and actress Angélica Briseño and the Argentinian director Gabriel Molina met in Madrid to create their first joint project: Woman Closed, a show that debuted at the Alt Vigo Galicia Festival in September 2002. Waterclose dialogues with that first production, confronts it, challenges it and transcends it in a new creation, revised, recreated in a 2.0 of that birth, in a risky proposal, where the Mexican playwright explores her relationship with water, in her universe as a woman, 20 years, two children and a theatre later… Knowing how to swim in open water…

La Usina Theatre

Its Artistic Directors, Angélica Briseño and Gabriel Molina, founded the venue in 2006 in Madrid. La Usina is made up of a group of theatre professionals, actors, directors and playwrights, dedicated to creating, producing and developing theatrical projects, to research in the field of theatrical technique and aesthetics, and to forming groups that generate theatrical events. A space for creation, with a permanent programme that is constantly renewed, based on a careful selection of innovative and high-quality theatrical projects.

A theatre that combines its own productions with shows by emerging and consolidated companies, seeking to offer the best theatre.

A member of the Red Nacional de Salas Alternativas (National Network of Alternative Theatres) and a benchmark in Madrid’s theatre programme, it hosts various performing arts festivals and is growing in terms of audiences, presenting the most innovative offerings on the theatre scene with warmth and care.

Data sheet

Madrid | 45 min | 5 €
Experimental theatre

Directed by: Gabriel Molina González
Performer: Angélica Briseño Ortega
Texts: Angélica Briseño Ortega
Scenic space: Gabriel Molina González
Sound design: Gabriel Molina González
Wardrobe and photography: María Patricia Soroa
Technical support and logistics: La Usina Theatre
Technical assistance on tour: Mara Roa
Promotion and media outreach: La Usina Theatre
Graphic design: Pedro Carchenilla
General production: La Usina Theatre

Premiere

In Galicia

Review and update of the company's first show 'Women Closed', on the 20th anniversary of its debut.
Waterclose Sunday 8th May , 7pm City of Culture Galería de servicios del Gaiás