Journey Through Spanish Contemporary Scenography

Curator José Luis Raymond 

Exhibition Design Zuloark

Program Scenography

Venue Espai Barberí, Carrer Fontanella 26, 17800 Olot (Girona)

Dates From August 1 to September 11, 2016

The exhibition shows the actuality of Spanish stage plastic through nearly six hundred performances released in Spain between 2010 and 2015. It explains how scenography has acquired in recent time a prominent role within the Spanish contemporary scene and how the search of new forms of storytelling has led Spanish scenographers to investigate and develop plastic solutions that support its creative thought. In words of the curator, “The society is alive, changing continuously. Scenography, as an element of communication and artistic expression, is no stranger to these changes. In that sense, the role played by art education centres has been paramount in the formation of new generations of Spanish scenographers”.

Released by Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E), and after passing through the Cuatrienal of Prague, the Classical Theatre Festival of Almagro and venues in Madrid, Cadiz, Seville, Malaga and Pamplona, the exhibition has been shown in the framework of the open cultural program of the International Workshop RCR 2016, reinforcing the new incorporation of the I International Workshop of Scenography. The exhibition has remained open after the International Workshop RCR, until the Celebrations of the Tura of the City of Olot, a traditional celebration declared in 1997 Celebration of National Interest by the Culture Department of the Government of Catalonia.

The contents were displayed in an attractive visual and scenographic format composed by eight thematic modules which show each a distinct concept of the recent scenographic creation.

Representative Spaces

Scenography is an act of communication. An exploration of the reality that starts a dialogue with the theatrical text, thanks to which different views can be handled. Objective and subjective, ours and the one of the others.

Light and Space

Lighting can be a powerful creator of scenic spaces. It is not about flashing, but how light, shadows, optical distortions and reflections create a precarious image but producer of virtualities, locations and meanings.

Costume as Space

The space of theatre materialized by the transit of fabric. Dimensions, colours, ornaments, masks and other accessories can transform the actors in real sets in motion.

Object and Scene

Few lines, few elements can express the profound content of things. The sacred that is not located in a place, but in the experience of the same. Everything is important to achieve the effect. No matter of its size.

Scenography in Spanish Lyrics

Music, the most spiritual art, allows us to enter the hell of space matter. And what is more important, get out of it with success thanks to the wealth of the lyric arts and to his kinetic and dynamic character.

Audiovisual Spaces or The Audiovisual as Space

Scenic multimedia devices expand the field of meaning in theatre by integrating in space images, icons, texts and sound spaces, using photography, cinema, video and digital images.

Space, Body and Movement

As the body moves through the stage it presents different perspectives, surfaces and sensations. It projects a space that loses all its edges in favour of a fluid surface that is more complex and ambiguous, but full of meaning.

Spaces and Urban Interventions

The relationship between theatre and public space is close from its mythical origin: the popular celebrations. Thanks to mobile wraps and mutant connections, it dips in sensory stage creation meets with common ground.

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Juan Carlos Sancho y Sol Madridejos

Founders of Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture Recent Work

August 4, 2016

Juan Carlos Sancho Osinaga (San Sebastian, 1957) is PhD Architect by the School of Architecture of Madrid, 1982, and holds a Chair as Professor in the Project Design Department.

Sol Madridejos (Madrid, 1958) graduated in architecture from the School of Architecture of Madrid, 1983, and has been Professor of Project Design in the European University of Madrid and the San Pablo CEU of Madrid.

Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office was founded in 1982, participating in several national and international architectural competitions. They have been granted with numerous awards and their work has been widely exhibited and published both in Spain and all over the world. They have been visiting professors and have given courses, masters, lectures and master classes in numerous universities and institutions in Spanish cities and abroad.

Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office

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Eduardo Souto de Moura

Pritzker Prize 2013
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture Recent Projects

August 8, 2016

Eduardo Souto de Moura (Porto, Portugal, 1952) graduated in architecture from the School of Fine Arts in Oporto, 1980. He collaborates with Noé Dinis in 1974, with Álvaro Siza Vieira from 1975 to 1979, and with Fernandes de Sá from 1979 to 1980. From 1981 to 1991 he is assistant professor in the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Oporto. He starts his own office in 1980. He has been visiting professor at the Schools of Architecture Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin, ETH Zurich, Lausanne and Mantua. He has been awarded with many prizes, participated in numerous seminars and given lectures both in Portugal and abroad. In 2011 he received the Pritzker Prize and in 2013 the Wolf Prize.

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Hisao Suzuki

Founder of Nature Urban Architecture Art (nuaa) / Hisao Suzuki Photography    
Programa Audiovisual and Photography
Conferencia The Magic Light

August 16, 2016

Hisao Suzuki (Yamagata, Japón, 1957) is a Japanese photographer who lives in Barcelona for more than 30 years. Since 1993 he collaborates with the architectural journal El Croquis, becoming their principal photographer and contributing significantly to the recognition of the magazine as one of the most prestigious and international publications on contemporary architecture.

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Àngels Margarit

Founder of the company Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES, Director of Mercat de Flors
Spanish National Dance Award 2010
Lecture Moixina Geographies

August 17, 2016

Àngels Margarit (Tarrasa, 1960) is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and curator. In 1985 she founds her company Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES and creates projects that develop in different fields and formats that include creations for the scenic space, site specifics, improvisation, video dance, installations and new media research. Her works have enjoyed a good international projection and have been co-produced by and presented at festivals and programs worldwide. In the field of education, she has developed training programs and given courses and workshops in Spain, Europe and America. From the very beginning she has developed a highly personal style of creation becoming one of the referents in dance in our country. She has collaborated with numerous artists and propelled different projects around creation, pedagogy and promotion of dance.  Throughout her career, she has received numerous and prestigious national and international awards including the Grand Prix du Concours Chorégraphique de Bagnolet for Kolbebasar (France, 1988), the Premi Nacional de Dansa de Catalunya for Mudances (1986), Atzavara (1991) and Tèrbola (1999) or the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona d’Arts Escèniques for Corol·la (1993), among others. In 2010, she has been awarded with the National Prize of Dance from the Spanish Culture Ministry. In September 2013, she has been awarded by the Swiss Dance Awards for From B to B, a collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Thomas Hauert. Her last creation Capricis received the Butaca Award 2014 for the best dance performance. In December 2016 Margarit has assumed the artistic direction of Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important dance houses.

Mercat de les Flors / Àngels Margarit/cia. MUDANCES

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Alfons Flores

Scenography according to Alfons Flores

August 18, 2018

Alfons Flores (L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, 1957) starts working as a scenographer in 1978 in the GAT Group from l’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), being one of the founders. His works include sets for theater, opera, urban set design and large-scale events, working with directors such as Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus), Calixto Bieito, Joan Lluís Bozzo, Carlos Wagner, Joan Anton Rechi and Guy Joosten. His work has been awarded with the Barcelona Critics Theater Prize in 1996, 1998 and 2009. In 2000 he received the Irish Times Theater Award to the best scenography for Las Comedias Bárbaras.

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José Luis Raymond

Lecture Journey Through Contemporary Spanish Scenography 

August 23, 2016

José Luis Raymond (Portugalete, Basque Country, Spain, 1954) graduated in Fine Arts and Pedagogy from the University of Basque Country in Bilbao and completed postgraduate studies in sculpture and scenic space in Warsaw and Amsterdam. As visual artist, he has made individual and collective exhibition and has work in institutional and private collections in Poland, Holland, Switzerland and Spain. Has been stage director of numerous operas and has worked as scenographer for the Spanish National Dramatic Arts Center (CDN) and for the Spanish National Company of Classic Theater, among others. He is currently Professor of Scenic space at the Royal School of Dramatic Arts in Madrid (RESAD). He is a founding member of the Academy of the Performing Arts of Spain.

José Luis Raymond

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Enric Battle

Founder of Battle i Roig Architectes
FAD Award of Architecture Theory and Criticism 2012
Program  Architecture and Landscape
Lecture  The Garden of the Metropolis

August 25, 2016

Enric Batlle Durany (Barcelona, 1956) graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona and is PhD Architect since 2002 on “The Garden of the Metropolis”, published by GG and awarded with the 2002 FAD in Theory and Criticism. He is Director of the Landscape Architecture Master (MBLandArch) and Urbanism and Landscape Architecture teacher, both at Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Specialized in landscape architecture, he has lectured and given master classes all over the world.

Roig Batlle i Roig Architects was founded in 1981 together with Joan Roig to develop building, planning and landscape projects. Their work has been awarded both nationwide as internationally.

Battle i Roig Architectes

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