International Dance Day 2016

April 28 - 29, 2016
Organized by
Museo Reina Sofía
In collaboration with
Instituto Italiano de Cultura and Corral de Comedias from Alcalá de Henares
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The Museo Reina Sofía once again takes part in the activities that mark International Dance Day, organising two sessions that aim to grant visibility to and assimilate inside its spaces an artistic practice that is becoming increasingly prominent in the Museo’s programming, lines of research and Collection. 

On 28 April, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of culture and the Corral de Comedias (Theatrical Courtyard) of Alcalá de Henares, the Museo welcomes a conversation between art historian Jaime Conde-Salaza and choreographer and performer Antonio Taglarini. The dance artist will share some of his favourite references with spectators, involving the audience in the central components across his artistic practice.   

Over the course of the second day, 29 April, the Museo will programme a series of activities that explore the link between dance and museums.

On one side, the company La Veronal premieres a piece devised solely for the institution. Entitled Equal Elevations, it enters into dialogue with Richard Serra’s work Equal-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi (1986), with the choice of this sculpture a starting point bearing relevance to how it was conceived by the artist: not as a reference to historical memory but as a form of spatial experimentation and a temporary analogy of historical events – the Guernica bombings (1937) and the Benghazi attack (1986). The ensuing conversation addresses the spatial juxtaposition between dance and sculpture, movement and weight, and lightness and gravity. 

By the same token, the European partnership Dancing Museum, which commenced in June 2015 and runs until March 2017, will be presented. Its aim, to be outlined by one of its members, Elisabetta Bisarro, is to define and incorporate new methods for bringing audiences closer to contemporary dance by way of inclusive and communicative strategies, such as the production of choreographed works, guided tours, participatory workshops and online platforms in which both the artists and the audience take centre stage.


Actividad pasada April 28, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Both the Big and the Small
An encounter with Antonio Tagliarini

Free ticket until full capacity is reached

The work of Antonio Tagliarini draws inspiration from countless references, yet his practice does not only involve sliding across the copious amounts of information available in modern times but articulates preferences and relationships. It sets out from his searches with curiously calm, at times obsessive, observation: his glance can simultaneously fall on the minutest detail and the biggest revelation. 

In this encounter with Jaime Conde-Salazar, Tagliarini will render an account of his interests and share his personal vision with the audience.

Antonio Tagliarini. Performer, artistic director and choreographer. He has worked as a dancer and actor with major directors such as Miguel Pereira, Raffaella Giordano, Giorgio Rossi and Marco Baliani, to name but a few. Since 2008 he has worked on a number of co-creations that include Rewind – homage to Café Müller by Pina Bausch (Festival Short Theatre di Roma), “From a to b” by Andy Warhol (2010), Reality and rzeczy/cose (2012) and We decided to go because we don’t want to be a burden to you (2014).

Jaime Conde-Salazar holds a degree in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid. Between 2003 and 2006 he directed the Estrella Casero Dance School at the University of Alcalá of Henares, and as a dance critic and dramaturgist he has regularly collaborated with Marsha Gall, Pablo Assumpçao, Rodrigo Tisi, Claudia Faci, Martín Padrón, Ben Benauisse, I-Chen Zuffelato, Gregorye Auger, Filipe Viegas, Idoia Zabaleta, Antonio Taglairini and Miguel Pereira, accompanying them in diverse processes of creation. He is currently working on the project to disseminate and critique live arts, Continuumlivearts, and he regularly collaborates with El Graner (Barcelona) and Azala Espacio de Creación (Vitoria).

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

Actividad pasada April 29, 2016 - 12:00 and 6:00 p.m.
La Veronal
Equal Elevations

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La Veronal engages in an exercise of dialogue with Richard Serra’s sculpture Equal-Parallel: Guernica-Bengasi (1986), conceived by the artist not as a reference to historical memory but as a form of spatial experimentation and a temporary analogy of two historical events: the bombings of Guernica (1937) and the Benghazi attack (1986). This interaction between two disciplines, dance and sculpture, and two forms of expression, movement and weight, looks to reflect on the possibility of encounter and cooperation between them, thus highlighting the role of gravity.

Before and between Serra’s sculptures, interwoven in space with the orthogonal distribution of weight parameters, elevation and extension, the company unfurls Kova, a language they use to build a maze with meaningful complexity. Steve Reich, a collaborating musician and friend of Richard Serra, will also participate in the piece, bolstering the contact between these languages in the process.

Two sessions will be held: the first at 12:00 p.m. and the second at 6:00 p.m.

La Veronal. Created by Marcos Morau in 2005, La Veronal is one of the strongest young companies in Spain, and one with the greatest national and international renown. Morau has created different performances, all with the names of cities around the world, and received numerous awards, thus reaffirming the company’s irrepressible creative path.

sabatini Building, Floor 1. Room 102

Actividad pasada April 29, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.
Dancing Museums
Encounter with Elisabetta Bisaro

Free ticket until full capacity is reached

Elisabetta Bisaro presents the Dancing Museums European initiative. This programme seeks to create spaces for artists to develop their work in dialogue with other art forms, sharing knowledge with a range of organisations, audiences, practices and specific contexts. The organisations participating in this European project include: La Briqueterie – Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val de Marne (France), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), D.ID Dance Identity (Austria), Dansateliers (Netherlands) and Siobhan Davies Dance (UK); and the museums and galleries: Arte Sella (Italy), Boymans van Beuningen (Netherlands), Gemäldegalerie Wien (Austria), Le Louvre (France), Mac/Val (France), Museo Civico (Italy), Museo di Palazzo Sturm (Italy) and The National Gallery (UK).   

Dancing Museums is co-founded by the Creative Europe programme.


Elisabetta Bisaro has worked as a programme manager in the field of dance and performing arts in three countries: after the first steps she took in Italy, she worked as a programme manager at Dance Ireland in Dublin for six years, running the entire range of projects (Modul-dance, Tour d’Europe des choréographes, E-Motional Bodies & Cities, Léim, etc.) and the programme Made in Dublin in 2012. Since 2013 she has overseen the international relations of La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne. She is also president of PlanTS, an organisation made up entirely of women from the arts and based in Trieste.

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200