Founded in Paris in 1984 by Colombian theatre and visual artists Heidi, Elizabeth and Rolf Abderhalden, Mapa Teatro moved to Bogotá in 1986. Since its inception, this artists’ laboratory has developed its own cartography in the sphere of “living arts”, in a space which is conducive to transgressing borders — geographical, linguistic, artistic — and to staging local and global concerns by way of different devices and formats.
In its polyphonic work, Mapa Teatro traces a space of migrations with the displacement of the private and public spheres; artistic languages (theatre productions, actions, installations, urban interventions, opera, cabaret, sound pieces, radio and performance lectures; authors and eras; geography and language: the word, image and movement; the voice, music and sound processes; memory and the city; simulation and reality; document and fiction; poetics and politics.
This artists’ laboratory assembles myth, history and the present in the investigation of archives and documents, a departure point for them to build their own fictions. The Mapa Teatro project for the Museo Reina Sofía’s Fissures programme is directly linked to the past of the Museo’s building as Madrid’s General Hospital, whose construction was partly funded with gold from the Americas. By way of an installation across two rooms – Space 1 and the Vaults Gallery — Mapa Teatro will create a fiction which alloys the funding of the hospital and its role as a temporary refuge for those who were then called “lunatics” the “insane”, and who were previously confined to the ground-floor rooms of today’s Museo.
15 December 2020 – 12 April 2021
The Kind Cruelty
León Ferrari, 100 Years
Exhibition temporarily closed
From North to South, Rhythms
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
25 September 2020 – 5 March 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación