Study 2: Silence

Best show Estación Norte Award International Festival of Theater and Street Arts of Valladolid TAC 2014.
Premiere on May 24, 2014, at the National Sculpture Museum of Valladolid.
Duration 20 minutes
Accompanied by the Sagrada Lanzada Band of Bugles and Drums from Valladolid.


“The look learns by looking.
There is no way to build the gaze if it is not by exercising it: looking, observing and analyzing.
There is no way to separate the text from the image.
The text is a way of looking and the images are forms of discourse.
Writing leads to silence and the look to blindness.

(Text by Santiago Olmo, Subtraction of color, exhibition by Bernardí Roig, Instante Blanco, National Museum of Sculpture).

Premiere on May 24, 2014, in the cloister of the National Museum of Sculpture.
As an architectural space, the cloister of the National Sculpture Museum of Valladolid.

As sound, the accompaniment of the Band of Bugles and Drums "Sagrada Lanzada" from Valladolid.

The color, the white of the stone, the subtraction of color in the face of polychromy.
Silence in the face of the loud sound of the drums that rumbles from the stone and the wind, which slips through the metallic wind.
The living sculpture as if it were a human being.

And an audience, hunter of emotions, always watching.

artistic sheet

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Alicia Soto
Musicians: Band of Bugles and Drums "Sagrada Lanzada" Valladolid
Dancer: Alicia Soto
Co-direction and dramaturgy: Dolores de Matos, Alicia Soto
Photography: Gerardo Sanz and Juan A.Berzal
Video: Manuel Rodríguez Arnanz
Wardrobe: Co. Alice Soto
Graphic design: José Navarro Sánchez
Communication: Carolina Saiz
Administration: Sofía García Fernández
Production: Co. Alicia Soto-Leaf Litter
Acknowledgments: “Sagrada Lanzada” Bugle and Drum Band, Dolores de Matos, National Museum of Sculpture


Cartography of the body in an architectural space
Architecture as inspiration for the semiotics of the body.
As a starting point, the impact on the retina of an architectural, urban or natural design. The architectural definition of a space, lines, angles, curves that remain alive over time.
Stories of the past and present, the moment: lives, people and events that float in another dimension. An invisible but present dimension that can be felt... on the body, there, present.

The body in that architectural space. The cartography of movement will be defined by an emotion and the emotion discovers and describes a path where the soul emerges and connects to a cartography that runs through body space and space as if in a dimension of nothingness.
A nothingness full of meanings because it is inhabited by stories, stories that impact the soul, feeding back the walk through the cartography of the body, whose connection element to reality is the public and the space inhabited by people, in real time.
In this definition of the cartography of the body by an architectural space, the public intervenes directly. Creating an interrelation between the body, the architectural space and the public. So that visual impact of the architectural space becomes the communicative thread between the body and the public, first from the semiotics of the body to the verb.

The public and the time, the wait. Just the action of being and watching how time passes, like in a sunrise, in an urban space or landscape.
And from improvisation the exploration of something new that happens absolutely unpredictable and unrepeatable for the public and the body.

“What is it that in us dreams what we dream. Perhaps dreams are memories that the soul has of the body.
(José Saramago, The Gospel according to Jesus Christ).
"Cartography of the body in an architecture" is a scenic work based on a unique and unrepeatable experience between the public and the artist, within an emblematic natural or urban architectural framework.
This experimental work is created from a dialogue between the body, the architectural space and the public, accompanied by a sound, according to each place and experience.
And in each experience, as trust grows, more scenic elements that are appropriate and necessary for each architectural space will intervene, becoming an installation.
This project that the artist tackles, after 20 years of experience, is based on the pillars of her choreographic creation processes:
Improvisation, the importance of space, its architecture, the public and the image.

The image, drawing a map with all the cartographies through the lens of a photographer:
In each cartography there will be a photographic testimony, a work of connection between the image and the body and the architectural space.
Inviting for each experience a photographer to testify and capture with his objective, moments, details, sighs and emotions of each one of the experiences.
Building at the end a route, a line of union between all the territories creating a global map of all the cartographies of the body in an architecture. Remaining reflected in a catalogue.
And creating, who knows, a show that needs the passage of time.

Map of Cartographies:

The Territory Tour begins in Valladolid, to continue in Digne-les-Bains (France) and ends in Lisbon, but along the way other territories will appear where other cartographies of the body can be developed in an architectural, natural or urban space.
Cartography of the body in an architectural space, Valladolid Territory:
Architecture of an urban landscape: “Studio 2, Silence.”
Chapel of the National Museum of Sculpture, in the International Festival of Theater and Street Arts. TAC 2014. May 24, 2014, shows at 12:00 and 19:00.
Scenic development and staging in artistic residency:
Each cartography will mean the creation of a different staging, built in each space in situ, which will mean carrying out work prior to the presentations in an artist residency work.
Investigating and creating, giving shape, as in a painting, to each element where it prevails:

  • The Sound Composition.
  • Light and color, from where and to where.
  • Strengthen each scenographic element that the space has.

…And the body.

With the collaboration of the International Festival of Theater and Arts of Calle Tac de Valladolid.

Videos of the Show

Study 2: Silence

Press reviews

By: Isaac Macho

…..Architecture, spectators, authorities, time and a body charged with energy, live a supernatural experience, only broken by the clicks of the cameras. The 50 musicians of the “Sagrada Familia” Bugle and Drum Band from Valladolid prepare the carpet for the great lady to offer her inspiration for a new dawn in this landscape charged with emotions.


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