€ 18 / € 15 (-25/65+)
± 1h 30min

Meet the artists after the performance on 6/05

Visceral, brilliant and unconventional, there is no doubt that the theatre of El Conde de Torrefiel has been one of the great revelations in recent years. For three festivals now, the collective from Barcelona has won over audiences with a stage device of impressive visual and philosophical potential. Its plays reveal a succession of tableaux vivants above which words of incredible lucidity flow past. Out of this gap between image and meaning comes the underground violence of our contemporary way of life. In their new creation, which is having its world premiere at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, El Conde de Torrefiel envisages the stage as a public space where unforeseeable events succeed one other: the “future”. Thus LA PLAZA offers a breath-taking journey between the infinitely small and the infinitely large through a space-time that puts the laws of physics to the test and allows us to look at our era from another dimension. A profoundly disturbing cosmic and speculative movement and definitely one of the highlights of the festival!

Conceived & devised by
El Conde de Torrefiel, in collaboration with the performers

Tanya Beyeler & Pablo Gisbert

Pablo Gisbert

Gloria March Chulvi, Albert Pérez Hidalgo, Mónica Almirall Batet, Nicolas Carbajal, Amaranta Velarde, David Mallols & locals

Stage Design
El Conde de Torrefiel & Blanca Añón 

Props & Costumes
Blanca Añón & performers

Light design
Ana Rovira

Sound design
Adolfo Fernández García

Stage manager
Isaac Torres

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, El Conde de Torrefiel

Alkantara & Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon), Black Box Teater (Oslo), Centre Georges Pompidou – Les Spectacles Vivants & Festival d’Automne à Paris, Festival GREC (Barcelona), Festival de Marseille, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts, Vooruit (Ghent), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich)   

With the support of
Zinnema (Brussels), Festival SÂLMON, Mercat de les Flors & El Graner – centre de creació (Barcelona), Fabra i Coats, centre de creació Barcelona

Diffusion & tour management
Caravan Production   

Subtitling with the support of

Thanks to the
Embassy of Spain in Belgium | Spain Arts & Culture Belgium

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El Conde de Torrefiel  is a Barcelona-based project headed by Tanya Beyeler (b. 1980, Switzerland) and Pablo Gisbert (b. 1982, Spain). Having studied theatre and philosophy, Beyeler and Gisbert are also interested in music and contemporary dance. Indeed they regularly collaborate (within a dramaturgical setting) with dance company La Veronal. As writers for theatre, their creations seek a visual and textual aesthetic in which theatre, choreography, literature and the visual arts coexist. Their work addresses the notion of imminent temporality, with the synchronic analysis of the present and an interrogation of the possibilities of our time as their starting point. El Conde de Torrefiel aims to understand the existing connections between rationality and the meaning of things determined by language, as well as the abstraction of concepts and the imaginary and the symbolic in relation to the image. In fact, the duo’s most recent works focus exclusively on the 21st century and on the existing relationship between the personal and the political. El Conde de Torrefiel came into existence in 2010 with the piece La historia del rey vencido por el aburrimiento [The story of the king defeated by boredom], followed by Observen cómo el cansancio derrota al pensamiento [Observe how tiredness defeats thought] in 2011, Escenas para una conversación después del visionado de una película de Michael Haneke  [Scenes for a conversation after viewing a Michael Haneke film] in 2012, La chica de la agencia de viajes nos dijo que había piscina en el apartamento [The girl at the travel agency told us there was a swimming pool in the apartment] in 2013, La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje  [The possibility that disappears in front of the landscape] in 2015, GUERRILLA in 2016 and La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje in 2017. Their most recent works have brought the company national recognition, with presentations at major venues and festivals in Spain, such as Mercat de les Flors, Festival de Otoño a Primavera and Festival Temporada Alta. Thanks to favourable reactions from audiences and critics alike, El Conde de Torrefiel has begun to take its first steps beyond national borders, particularly in Europe featuring on the bill of festivals such as the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, steirischer herbst (Graz), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Alkantara Festival (Lisbon) and Théâtre Vidy (Lausanne).

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