Research on critical discourses on the contemporary performing arts scene in Madrid
by Ana Vujanovic, Marta Popivoda – TkH: Walking Theory platform, Belgrade
Matadero – El Ranchito, April 2011
We are not experts who come to Madrid to explore its scene, nor we approach it as an exotic tribe. We define ourselves as ‘aliens’ to the scene, who are theoretically-politically laden. Thus, we could hopefully give a challenging insight into the scene, being outside its circles, clans, and doxa. On the other hand, we see this research as a tool to re-think our own context and scene.
Before we came, we had known a few people active at the scene: Catarina Saraiva, Juan Dominguez, Victoria Perez Royo, and Isabel de Naveran. So, the first phase of the research comprises working sessions with them in order for us to get know about the scene from their subjective perspectives. Departing from the diagrams made during the sessions, we make interviews about the key concepts and questions with several artists, theoreticians, and programmers (Juan Dominguez, Cuqui Jerez, Victoria Perez Royo, Natalia …, Maral Kekeijan, Jaime Conde Salazar, Paz Rojo, Amalia Fernandez, Carlos Marquerie, and Oscar Cornago). During this phase, we also try to indicate connections between the notions and concepts that appear, but don’t try to evaluate them. This rhizomatic net of interviews, together with our diagrams would rather stay one of the possible images of the scene, created at the inter-section of how the scene sees itself and how we could reflect it and give it back to its actors through our lens.