Country España

Discipline Street theatre

Recomended for General Audience

Duration 50 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 6, 21:00

Its creators say La Bailarina (La Danseuse) is a “mechanical shout out for femininity”, a celebration of female empowerment and a party to celebrate this new “era of women”. After bringing the shows Caballo de hierro (2014) and Arquitectura de Feria (2015) to Santiago a Mil, the Antigua i Barbuda Company returns to Chile with this original passacaglia: a five-meter high dancer will make her way through the streets. She’ll balance on one foot, encouraging everyone that wants to dance with her to come and join the celebration, reviving women’s position and power. Built from recycled materials, the figure is a reflection of another of the company’s interests: mechanical constructions built from materials such as iron and wood, which are significant because they retain the memories from their prior use. A fusion between technique and art produces a lively kind of theater that’s a party everyone’s invited to, involving a DJ, a large wooden dancer, music, lights and dancing. It’s a piece that aims to turn the streets into a celebration of women’s greatness.

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Company

Compañía Antigua i Barbuda

The Antigua i Barbuda Company was founded in 2002 by Jordá Ferré with the aim of developing projects that combine the different disciplines its members have explored: the visual and performing arts and particularly machinery theater. The Antigua i Barbuda Company has an interdisciplinary nature that tackles everything from research to intervention, handling to construction and creation to staging. Their approach to innovation and ongoing collaboration with companies such as Royal de Luxe, La Fura dels Baus and La Machine have given them the opportunity to share in their knowledge, as well as inspiring them to create original and surprising pieces. They have toured the world with shows such as Arquitectura de feria and Caballo de hierro, bringing together thousands of spectators.

Original idea by Jordà Ferré | Directed by Antigua i Barbuda | Actress Isabel Herrera | Actors/handlers Josep Carreras, Pere Bigas, Jordà Ferré, Carla Lindstrom | Music and sound Pia Mielsen | Text Guillem Gefaell | Construction Josep Carreras, Oscar de Paz, Jorge Dorado, Jordà Ferré, Rene Muler, Alba Salré, Gerard Tubau | Co-produced by ICUB (Barcelona Institute of Culture), the Sismògraf de Olot Festival and the Ramón Llull Institute | With the collaboration of IMAC Mataró (Mataró Municipal Institute of Cultural Action)

  • La danseuse is a celebration of women, their empowerment and how important they are to society. The enormous statue of the dancer is a symbol of women’s greatness.

  • It’s a machinery theater play, fusing technique and art, which results in a theatrical piece that’s developed using moving objects. With a fascinating approach that involves giant machines, stunning esthetics and captivating stories, the Antigua i Barbuda Company has surprised hundreds of thousands of spectators worldwide.

  • The Antigua i Barbuda Company is one of the most important companies in the world, putting on large-scale shows using machines in the style of world-renowned French groups such as Royal Deluxe and La Machine, with whom they’ve collaborated. Their shows, which combine large sets, enormous objects, performance, theater, circus, dance and music have been presented in different countries to great audience acclaim.
  • Street theater. This is the name given to outdoor theater presentations in public which don’t charge an entrance fee, performed on urban stages so a large number of people can see them. It emerged as a way of emancipating the working-class and reinforcing the revolutionary feeling against the powers-that-be at the beginning of the twentieth century. Later, it was developed as a way of making theater more democratic and of taking it to different parts of the city.

  • Machinery theater. This is understood as a kind of theater that emerges from and is based on machines, which are understood as objects built and used by a theater company to tell a story or create a show. This kind of theater is defined by strong esthetics and the objects’ mechanical beauty. It unleashes an imaginary world based around machines, which are understood as artifacts that are peculiar, absurd and surreal.

  • Passacaglia. Passacaglia has a dual meaning: it’s either an old courtesan dance developed in Spain or a kind of music with a very lively rhythm that music groups and street musicians used to play at popular seventeenth century street festivals. This term is used nowadays to refer to street theater shows that involve live music.

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