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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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  • Simone Forti. Image courtesy of Jason Underhill
    28 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Workshop Encounter
  • Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro
    6 March, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Modern dance
  • Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro
    3-7 March, 2014 - 10:00- 2:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Workshop Modern dance
  • Performance: Vaslav (1989). Gelabert-Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa. Photography: Ros Ribas
    November 13, 20, and December 4, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

    Dance in the 80s

    The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. Conferences

    Live Arts Conference

    Through the gaze of three curators, this lecture series inquires into different topics such as feminism, video dance and the diversity of languages present during these years.

  • Cesc Gelabert Accio-I La vida i la mort. Photography: Viki Sánchez
    October 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and October 26, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

    Dance in the 80s

    The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain

    Live Arts Seminar

    In parallel with the presentation of the new section of the Collection: Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation a seminar is to be held, entitled Dance in the 80s: the first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. It includes two round tables, lectures and the display of archival materials in the Collection’s interpretation areas.

  • Maravillosa. Photography: Rogelio Ortiz
    September 26, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Modern dance

    This year the Mexican dance company Tumakat presents, in connection with Latin American art, the work Maravillosa at the Museum. This chamber piece is an exercise in reflection on the nature of dance as spectacle. Using humour, Federica Folco, from Uruguay, and Josie Cáceres, from Ecuador, have created a piece about the questioning of limits.

  • Amateur Best
    September 18 and 25; October 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2013 - 8:30 p.m.

    Acoustic Space #5

    By Mahou Cinco Estrellas

    Live Arts Concert

    The concert series began in 2010 as a way for the Museum to make a place in its programming for the wide range of currents in today's heterogeneous musical scene.  

  • Image of Dance Attacks
    April 28, 2013

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks at Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance

    On Sunday, April 28, Museo Reina Sofía will be the host of a series of Dance Attacks. An initiative of the Association of Dance Professionals and the Cultural Association for Dance of Madrid, working in collaboration with Museo Reina Sofía, this activity is held in celebration of International Dance Day, which is April 29.

  • Rabih Mroué. The Pixelated Revolution. Performance, 2012
    April 12 - 13, 2013
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Live Arts Performance art

    The new direction taken by political and social happenings in recent years has once again made public space an excellent place for manifestations by the community. In contrast with the situation during the last third of the 20th century, dissident action does not avoid urban spectacularization, hiding in private or clandestine spheres. Instead it transforms and is shown in public space. This seminar explores the use of “theatrical” gestures, behaviours and performances in social space for the purpose of expressing disagreement and dissidence, and it also examines the way that today's art, specifically theatre, has taken in and dialogued with these non-artistic theatricalities.

    Study center
  • Rabih Mroué. The Inhabitants of Images. Performance, 2009. Photograph: Ernesto Donegana
    April 12, 2013 - 8:30 p.m.

    Rabih Mroué

    The Inhabitants of Images

    Live Arts Conference Performance art

    Three mysterious occurrences in a city haunted by images, of people known to me, and others unknown. Images abandoned by their occupants; some have become ruins. An image is invaded, a new face moves in—sometimes an ally, sometimes an old foe. One vanishes, while another travels from one picture to another

    Rabih Mroué.

  • Expanded theatricalities Gestural models and dissident repertoires
    Course 2013

    Expanded theatricalities

    Gestural models and dissident repertoires

    Live Arts Theatre Workshop Modern dance

    Over the past thirty years, the social sciences have highlighted some aspects of contemporary social life that appear to be incompatible with traditional forms of representation and theatricality: nomadism, liquidity, ongoing identity construction, virtual communication, hyperexhibition, etc. The replacement of a theatre paradigm by a performative paradigm can be understood as a sign of transformation and liberation.

    Study center
  • Traces of El Periférico de Objetos
    October 27, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Performance art

    El Periférico de Objetos is a theatre group with a dramaturgical style capable of conjuring up the trauma, fear and collective unconscious of the Argentine dictatorship. With both the doll and its manipulator playing a prominent role, its dramatic works, in allusion to Antonin Artaud, Witold Gombrowicz or Heiner Müller, explore the return and liberation of a repressed body. This performance reflects the importance of El Periférico and engages in a dialogue with the exhibition Losing the human form.

  • Bernardo Atxaga. Poetry Reading in front of Guernica
    October 25, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.

    Bernardo Atxaga

    Poetry Reading in front of Guernica

    Live Arts Dramatized readings

    Inspired by the tragic event that took place 75 years ago, Guernica is much more than a work of art. It has become a universal statement on the massacre. This condition, a synthesis of avant-garde pursuits and political engagement, has had a great influence not only on the visual arts but also on literature. The poetry reading, given in front of the painting by the writer Bernardo Atxaga (Guipúzcoa, 1951), includes poems by Luis Cernuda and Paul Éluard and traces the impact that the mural by Pablo Picasso has had on the written word.

  • Espacio acústico #4
    September 26, October 24 and November 15, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.

    Acoustic Space #4

    Art Impressions Mahou

    Live Arts Concert

    Acoustic Space is a music series that brings together national and international proposals that reflect the various facets of contemporary musical creation.

  • Poster designed by George Maciunas for the Perpetual Fluxus Festival. Washington Square Gallery, New York, 1964/65. Courtesy of George Maciunas Foundation inc and Harry Stendhal
    September 21, 22 and 23, 2012
    Live Arts Concert Education Visit

    Fluxus to the People is a program of concerts, activities, guided tours, lectures and also a documentary exhibition, all of which explore the imagination of the collective, the idea of art as a community tool and the process of de-specialization of the artist figure that is at the heart of the Fluxus movement. This program has consciously been given the format of a festival. First of all, it defends the playful, participatory and even burlesque nature of many of the avant-garde manifestations from 1960 onwards. Secondly, it explores new ways of approaching contemporary art from public activity.