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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.


  • Restoration process of the work Portrait of Joella by Salvador Dalí and Man Ray
    May 16 - 18, 2015
    Live Arts Concert Modern dance Education Workshop

    The Museo will once again be taking part in the celebration of International Museum Day (IMD), held on 18 May, contributing, on 16, 17 and 18 May, with dance activities, workshops and a programme of guided tours that aim to offer plural viewpoints of its Collection and temporary exhibitions like the remarkable White Fire. The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection.


  • Nouvel Building, Courtyard
    April 29, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

    International Dance Day

    Open session. Reinterpreting Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker

    Live Arts Modern dance

    To mark International Dance Day, the Museo calls on all those interested in taking part, for 10 minutes, in the reinterpretation of one of the most emblematic pieces in the history of contemporary dance: Rosas danst Rosas.

  • Dance Attacks 2014. Museo Reina Sofía. Photograph by Ignacio Urrutia
    April 29, 2015

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks in the Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance

    Once again, the Museo joins in with the activities held to mark International Dance Day, to take place on Wednesday 29 April, with a view to giving an artistic practice that is becoming increasingly more prominent in the Museo’s Collection and activities visibility and integrate it into its spaces.

  • Steve Paxton. Bound. Performed by Jurij Konjar. Photograph by Nada Žgank
    April 20 - 25, 2015
    Live Arts Workshop Performance art Modern dance Conference

    After organising activities with Merce Cunningham and Simone Forti, the Museo presents the choreographer and dancer Steve Paxton (USA, 1939), a central figure in the development of contemporary dance and the creator of contact improvisation. On this occasion Bound, a solo devised by Paxton, will be performed, for the first time in Spain, by the dancer Jurij Konjar, who will also hold a workshop.

  • John Mcllduff. Motion Sickness. Ireland, 2012
    19 September, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    Short Dance Films

    At the border between genres

    Live Arts Modern dance

    Short Dance Films is a touring programme that includes a selection of forty-five short dance films produced in Europe in recent years. It is curated by Núria Font/NU2’s, commissioned by the European Dancehouse Network, a network with the participation of 20 dance houses from 16 countries.

  • International Museum Day, 2014
    17 and 18 May, 2014
    Live Arts Concert Modern dance Education Workshop

    Once again, the Museo Reina Sofía joins the annual celebration of International Museum Day (IMD) with two open days and a selection of activities that aim to take a deeper look at the dialogue between the collections and the public, as well as reinforcing the idea of the museum as a space for non-disciplinary education and collective learning.

  • Melanie Olcina, performing choreography by Antonio Ruz, in front of Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke, Nouvel Patio, Dance Attacks. © Jesús Vallinas
    27 April, 2014

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks in the Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance

    The Association of Dance Professionals in the Madrid Community and the Cultural Association for Dance, together with the Museum, have organized a total of 10 performances with different dance styles coexisting alongside plastic arts.

  • Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro
    6 March, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Modern dance

    Portuguese choreographer Cláudia Dias presents her latest composition, Vontade de Ter Vontade, a solo inspired by two works by the writers and thinkers Tony Judt and Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Through this piece Dias prolongs her work on identity and territory.

  • 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

    A workshop based on the technique created by the Portuguese artist João Fiadeiro. Composition in Real Time is a method of investigation on different forms of encounter, and its use perpetually aims to be in relation with the other. Its utopia is collective experience, being together, whether in a social or artistic context.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Tumakat en escena
    22 june, 2012 - 8:00 PM
    Live Arts Modern dance

    Once again the Museum is collaborating with Mov_s, an event directed by professionals of the moving arts, dance and contemporary creation. On this occasion the Museum provides a space in which to reflect on operations in the area of dance in Latin America today, and to share lines of thinking and experiences.

  • Coreógrafos de la Compañía Nacional de danza
    18 may, 2012 - 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Live Arts Modern dance

    On this occasion, dance leaves the conventional setting of a stage to become an integral part of the exhibition space. In this activity, young CND choreographers make a series of proposals that work with the concepts of manipulation and the search for the unknown.

  • Asaltos de la danza en el Museo Reina Sofía
    29 april, 2012

    Dance Attacks at Museo Reina Sofía

    Brief explosions of dance when least expected

    Live Arts Modern dance