La Ribot is a dancer, choreographer and visual artist. She has lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2004. She was part of the development of new dance in Spain in the mid 1980s, a period in which she embarked upon her own choreographic work. From the 1990s onwards, she has lead her work in a new direction, creating Piezas distinguidas (Distinguished Pieces), the generic title of a fragmented choreographic work in units, conceived in a series and executed in different formats (live, videos, books, installations). Between 1997 and 2004 she lived in London, producing pieces that bestowed broadness and international recognition upon her work. In 2014 La Ribot created El Triunfo de La Libertad (The Triumph of Freedom), together with the choreographer Juan Domínguez and the actor Juan Loriente.
Juan Domínguez is a performer, choreographer and producer. He lives and works between between Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City and Madrid. Since 1992 his work has been based on questions surrounding the theatre medium, the parameters of dance: space and time, and the production of knowledge through its unique way of understanding fiction. Exploring the relationship between different codes, his works pose the dissolution between fiction and reality. As an artist in residence in PODEWIL (Berlin) between 2004–2005, he was artistic director at the Festival In-Presentable (La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2003–12). Since 2010 he has bee co-designer of the Living Room Festival (Madrid/Berlin), a tutor in the MA in Performing Arts Practices and Visual Culture (UAH/ARTEA), in 2010, and director of the unit “performing arts creation and audiovisual mediums” in the same MA in 2011–2012
Juan Loriente had a career as a professional tennis player before discovering theatre. He trained at the Aula de Teatro at the University of Cantabria, with Torgeir Wethal at the Odin Teatret (Denmark) and in the project of the international exchange of Dramatic Art, the “Natasha Project”. Between 1990 and 2000 he participated in performances directed by La Fura dels Baus, Carlos Marquerie, La Ribot and Ana Vallés. In turn, he has also worked with artists such as Jadranka Angelic, Zsuzsanna Varkony, Lena Ekhem, Nekane Santamaría, Francisco Valcárcel, Pati Domenech and Isaac Cuende and directed radio and theatre research projects and workshops in training centres. Together with Nekane Santamaría, he created the platform Encuentro de dos intimidades (Encounter of Two Intimacies) and has worked as an actor and collaborated with the author and director Rodrigo García, debuting together with the solo Borges in 1999.
Patricia Esteban is a poet and doctor of Hispanic Philology. She has published the poetry book El rescate invisible (The Invisible Rescue, 2005) and her work is included in the anthologies Todo es poesía menos la poesía. 22 poetas desde Madrid (Everything Is Poetry Except Poetry. 22 Poets from Madrid, 2004), Hilanderas (Spinners, 2006), Fuga de la nada (Escape from Nowhere, 2009) and Antología de cuentistas madrileñas (Anthology of Madrid Storytellers, 2006). She has presented her poetry in diverse spaces and festivals such as the international Festival of Poetry Voix Vives in Sète (France, 2010). In 2007, alongside Sandra Santana, she started the experimental publishing project El águila ediciones, devoted to the viability of writing outside the book. She is part of the collective Demodrama-faces, which has worked to develop applied technology tools for performance since 2009. Together with María Salgado she also set up the Euraca seminar.
Fran MM Cabeza de Vaca is a musician and composer. He has performed instrumental and electroacoustic music at a number of festivals in Spain and worldwide and has participated as a composer and interpreter in diverse performances, collaborating with choreographers such as Michelle Man, Guillermo Weickert, Fernando Lima and María Cabeza de Vaca. His noteworthy audiovisual work includes three feature-length documentaries alongside José Luis Tirado and the soundtrack to Paco León’s feature film Carmina y Amén. Moreover, he has participated in the collective ZEMOS98 and has also created and directed the performance Veo una Voz (I See A Voice) with the actress Ana Barcia, and the experimental opera Todos Caníbales (All Cannibals) with the Nou Ensemble and artists Christian Fernández Mirón and Roberto Martínez. For the past two years he has explored textual pieces alongside María Salgado.
Josep-Maria Martín lives and works between Barcelona, Perpignan and Geneva. As a visual artist he is used to collaborating with other professionals and/or “ordinary citizens” that could be linked to the project: artists, architects, writers, social workers, designers, doctors, nurses, researchers, etc. His work involves opening up a participatory processes of research and analysis in specific contexts, searching for cracks in social or personal systems, from which he negotiates and creates practical prototypes, using them to make a revelatory experience.
María Salgado is a low-tech poet. Her published work includes ferias (Fairs, 2007), 31 poemas (31 Poems, 2010) and ready (Arrebato, 2012), and she investigates contemporary forms of writing and recital. She creates zines and bands and is involved in plans like Euraca, a research seminar on language and poetry, within the Escuela 404 in Matadero-Madrid. She has also written globorapido.blogspot.com and for the past two years she has carried out sound explorations with Fran MM Cabeza de Vaca.
Rafael Sánchez-Mateos Paniagua is an artist and student who normally works collectively (Luddotek, Cunctatio, Straubinger Foundation, Euraca Seminar...) and with other groups and people (Susana Velasco, Jordi Carmona, Miriam Martín, Carmen Rivera, Fernando Baena, Antonio Ballester, María Íñigo, Gloria G. Durán, Tor Navjord, Paz Rojo, Gisele Ribeiro, Emilio Tomé, Oliver Ressler, c.a.s.i.t.a., ysidejamos, Marianela León, Zo Brinviyer, Lucía Vilanova, Seminario Jacotot, María Salgado, Alejandro Simón, Eneas Bernal, Ajoblanco, Marta G. Franco, Mafe Moscoso, Germán Labrador) in different places (Liquidación Total, LCE, COAM, Matadero-Intermediae, Documenta XII, Prótesis Institucional del EACC, Steirischer Herbst, Walden 3, Dentro Fuera, CSA Tabacalera, Antimuseo, MUSAC, Esto es una plaza, Space 4235, Cruce, Elevate Festival, MNCARS, La Malatesta, Artium, La Lenta, Carabanleft, La Trasera de BBAA, and in the street…).
Federico León is a dramatist and film-maker from Buenos Aires who has written and directed the plays Cachetazo de campo (Country Slap), Museo Miguel Ángel Boezzio (Miguel Ángel Boezzio Museum), Mil quinientos metros sobre el nivel de Jack (One Thousand Five Hundred Metres Above Jack’s Level), El adolescente (The Teenager), Yo en el Futuro (Me in the Future) and Las Multitudes (Crowds), as well as the films Todo juntos (All Together), in which he participated as an actor, and in 2007, together with Marcos Martínez, Estrellas (Stars). In 2009, with Martín Rejtman, he wrote and directed Entrenamiento elemental para actores (Elementary Training for Actors), and in 2014 he produced La última película (The Last Film), a series of interventions in former cinemas transformed into parking lots. His work has also brought him numerous distinctions: First Prize of dramaturgy from the National Theatre Institute, the Konex Arward 2004 in literature for the quinquennium production, the National Arts Fund, First National Prize of Dramaturgy, 1996–1999, among others. His works and films have been exhibited in theatres and festivals in numerous countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
Óscar Cornago works in the Centre of Human and Social Sciences from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (High Council for Scientific Research), Madrid. He has published various books on the history and theory of performing arts and philosophy in the media. He currently directs the project “Performing arts as a social form of knowledge. A critical approach to the idea of participation.” His books also include La vanguardia teatral en España (1965-1975): del ritual al juego (Avant-garde Theatre in Spain (1965–1975): From Ritual to Play); Pensar la teatralidad y Resistir en la era de los medios: estrategias performativas en literatura, teatro, cine y television, (Thinking About Theatricality and Resisting in the Media Era: Performance Strategies in Literature, Theatre, Film and Television). He is a member of ARTEA and Archivo Virtual de las Artes Escénicas (Virtual Archive of Performing Arts) and has studied and documented the work of different contemporary creators in Spain and Latin America.