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Live Arts

In the live arts, the Museum establishes a meeting point between its propositions in this realm and the proverbial white cube so often used in art exhibitions, but from which the live arts have been artificially expelled. By doing so it reveals that the genealogy of the live arts has been closely linked to that of the plastic avant-gardes since their very origins. The Museum's live arts programming, which includes theatre, music and sound art, is thus seen to bear a close connection to the Museum's theoretical discourse. Museo Reina Sofía also collaborates with the most important contemporary festivals in Spain, providing a venue for some of their performances. The Museum engages in continuous dialogue with them and plays a role in the formation of their discourses.

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  • Exhibition view. Federico Guzmán. Tuiza. The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent, 2015
    April 16 - July 2, 2015
    Live Arts Concert Cinema and video Film series Seminars and conferences Conference Poetry reading

    This programme of activities, which relates Sahrawi culture to a broader social and cultural framework, aims to become tuiza, a space that reimagines an alternative possible geography, where its centres are not metropolises of financial power, but narrations and accounts of a periphery that lives on in expressions of identity and cultural contamination.

  • Videoframe of Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance), 1967-1968 de Bruce Nauman. © Bruce Nauman, VEGAP, Madrid 2015. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
    June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29; July 1 and 2, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Displaced bodies

    Audiovisual traces between dance and performance, 1963–1986

    Cinema and video Film series

    A debate runs through a whole century of images of bodies in movement: that which refers to the correspondence between these bodies in live performance (on stage, in the gallery or museum) and in film. Through this question, the aim is to elucidate whether the audiovisual record of practices in which the body is at the centre – contemporary dance and artistic performance – “faithfully” reflects its apparent inherent truth.

  • Poster of The Limitless Place
    June 14 - July 5, 2015 - Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

    The Limitless Place

    Dramaturgy in Movement

    Live Arts Theatre Conference

    The Limitless Place is the first collaboration between Museo Reina Sofía and the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre) and Teatro Pradillo, with the latter conducting a programme of performances, lectures and encounters. It comes about from the desire to question the forms and language of the stage with the will to think about the theatre we actually want; what is, in short, the world we strive to build our society upon.

  • Kleber Mendonça Filho. O som ao redor (Neighbouring Sounds). Film, 2012
    July 16 - August 13, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

    Scene Games

    Contemporary Cinema in Latin America

    Cinema and video Film series

    This film series presents a panoramic view of recent independent film from Latin America, while also introducing a new screening area in the Museo – the transformation of the outdoor terraces into a new open-air cinema. Scene Games offers an interpretation of the latest films from Latin American cinema, barely seen in Europe, where theatricality is the key element in approaching reality.

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