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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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  • 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.

  • Performing Gender Madrid, 2013. © Bárbara Velasco Ghisleri
    18 - 19 July, 2014
    Live Arts Performance art

    Performing Gender is a European project that takes a critical look at the politics of gender and sexuality using dance and performance tools. Bodies and their multiple gender inscriptions are the subject of exploration and experimentation by a group of artists that, over the course of one year, have carried out their research by touring around different European institutions.

  • Mastretta and his band
    18 May, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert
  • 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.

  • Simone Forti. Image courtesy of Jason Underhill
    28 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Workshop Encounter

    The Museo welcomes the choreographer and dancer Simone Forti. The encounter is made up of a conversation between Forti and Tania Arias, with a presentation in the Nouvel Auditorium Hall of the results of some of the work produced by students in the workshop run by Forti in La Casa Encendida.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Acoustic Space 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.  This time the series features a selection of artists who have released, all of them, a new album in 2013: Kalabrese, Helado Negro, Carmen Villain, Amateur Best and Emika. 

  • 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
    Live Arts Performance art Seminars and conferences Seminar

    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.