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OLGA MESA AND FRANCISCO RUIZ DE INFANTE CONSTELLATION

Mercat de les Flors
CONSTELACIÓNES

Developed by Àngels Margarit, who has been the artistic director of Barcelona’s dance house Mercat de les Flors since 2017, “Constelaciónes” (constellations) are curatorial and programmatic formats that offer a deep dive into individual artists’ creations and careers. Over a period of several days or even weeks, they immerse the audience in a “relational map” that reveals an artist’s creative influences, their methodologies and their artistic trajectories across many years – sometimes decades.

 

Constellations are made up of performances, post-show talks, exhibitions, film screenings, installations, workshops, discussion rounds and other events. Offering both theoretical and practical approaches, they open up multiple perspectives on artists’ oeuvres and invite audiences to engage with the works on many different levels.

 

Each constellation is a collaborative process. Mercat de les Flors works closely with the artist to select the pieces that will be shown and the guest artists who will interact with them. International experts and scholars are invited to contribute to expanded programming formats such as talks and workshops.

 

So far, the artists and artist collectives who have been at the centre of a constellation at Mercat de les Flors include Thomas Hauert, Big Bouncers, Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol, Boris Charmatz, Escarlata Circus, La Ribot, Societat Doctor Alonso, Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante, Mal Pelo, Deborah Hay, Lia Rodrigues, Mette Ingvartsen, Olga de Soto and Lucinda Childs.

 

Information on all of Mercat de les Flors’ constellations since 2017 can be found here.

 

 

Co-Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of Dance On, Pass On, Dream On

 

Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante Constellation, 21-31 January 2021
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Spanish program booklet for the Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante Constellation

 

Olga Mesa’s work is situated at the intersection of dance, performance, filmmaking and installation. It explores the boundaries between digital and analogue, audio-visual and corporeal worlds. Early in her career, she was part of the new Spanish contemporary dance scene of the late 1980s and gained recognition for her solo works, before settling in Strasbourg in France in 2005. Since 2010, she has been working with the visual and multimedia artist Francisco Ruiz de Infante, whose large-scale installative works involve visual arts, literature, music and video. Together, they create choreographic pieces for the stage and performative works for non-stage spaces such as museums, as well as exhibitions and artistic research projects. Their company is Hors Champ // Fuera de Campo

 

The full programme of the Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante Constellation can be found here.

Bach Project Constellation by Mal Pelo, 6 – 16 May 2021
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Spanish program booklet for the Bach Project Constellation by Mal Pelo

 

The Bach Project Constellation focuses entirely on Mal Pelo’s tetralogy of works to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Mal Pelo, the artistic endeavour of choreographers and dancers Pep Ramis and María Muñoz, was founded in 1989. “Bach”, María Muñoz’s seminal solo work set to preludes and fugues from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, is a rigorous piece of movement language which requires her to fully inhabit the music. It has been performed more than 150 times since its premiere in 2005. In 2016, María Muñoz transmitted the piece to Federica Porello, an Italian performer who works with Mal Pelo and has since also been performing “Bach”.

 

The full programme of the Bach Project Constellation by Mal Pelo can be found here.

 

Deborah Hay Constellation, 27 November – 4 December 2021
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Spanish program booklet for the Deborah Hay Constellation

 

Created in collaboration with Cullberg, Sweden’s main contemporary dance company, the Deborah Hay Constellation features four pieces by Deborah Hay, including “Figure A Sea”, the large-scale improvisational work choreographed by her for Cullberg, with a score by Laurie Anderson. Hay also performs two solo pieces from her decades-long career, “A Lecture on the Performance of Beauty” and “my choreographed body… revisited (2015)”. It is the first time that she herself has performed in Spain.

Deborah Hay was active in the Judson Dance Theater in New York in the 1960s and went on to develop her own conceptual approach to choreographic creation, which emphasises the responsiveness of the dancing body to its surroundings.

 

The full programme of the Bach Project Constellation by Mal Pelo can be found here.

Lucinda Childs Constellation, 28 February – 26 March 2023
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The Lucinda Childs Constellation celebrates the American icon of postmodern dance with a programme of performances of her minimalist works from the 1960s and 1970s. “Dance”, created in 1979 and set to music by Philip Glass, was her first large-scale collective ballet and is now considered one of the pinnacles of postmodern dance. The constellation also features the Dance On Ensemble with Childs’ “Works In Silence”, as well as a programme by Ruth Childs, who has revived three of her aunt Lucinda Childs’ solos, which she created performed at the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s.

 

The full programme of the Lucinda Childs Constellation can be found here.

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