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.