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Collective performance with students or young artists from various disciplines, final work of a course on visual theatre. Open format work that adapts to the place and the participants. A workshop that starts with collective questions and ends with personal answers. What might our picture of the world be, what is yours like? Exploring big ideas with humor.


A world map is an image of the world observed with a precise eye, which attends to a single aspect: the territory, the climate, the vegetation, politics, the economy or perhaps happiness, health, poverty, death. It is a reading of the world, a partial idea about a global whole. In this sense, certain images about globality such as the Buddhist Mandala, the Mayan Calendar, the Medieval Tapestry of Creation, the Australian Dreamtime Songs, the Renaissance Theater of Memory could also be World Maps. And perhaps, some images of our time: Google Earth, the Inmarsat satellite network, the screens of the Wall Street stock exchange or simply the letters www.


In Mapamuni-Somriure Joan Baixas proposes to invent many world maps, personal world maps, with a sense of humor. The wonderful, healthy and refreshing look of His Majesty the King of Humor with his merry court La Burla, el Grotesque, El Riure.

A day without laughter is like a general without a horse, a day with laughter is like a horse without a general (Chinese proverb of the Ctxhop-Zuhey dynasty).

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It is an Introduction to Visual Theater Workshop, for students and artists interested in the fusion of the rhetoric and grammar of artistic languages. A course for the practice and analysis of the resources and tools necessary to create scenes with bodies, images and objects and how to present them to the public. As a fundamental part of the workshop, the experience ends with an outdoor presentation to the public.


Development of the project

Stage 1 (virtual).

The participants receive information, via email, with extensive documentation on the realizations of previous shows and are invited to start generating their own ideas on the subject.

Stage 2 (face-to-face).

A course of twenty-five hours of collective work where some tools of the Visual Theater are investigated: theatrical possibilities of technology, adaptation to space, speed in conception and execution, sum of personal initiatives.
The exercises that are practiced are not aimed at the acquisition of techniques but rather focus directly on the content of what you want to show, on the emotions, messages or experiences that you want to share (with a sense of humor, of course).
Through exercises with materials and images, personal numbers are created on the subject of the World Map.


Stage 3 (face-to-face)

Presentation of the open air show, open to the public, in three acts:
Act One: choreography of objects with the collaboration of all participants.
Second Act: small variety numbers with puppets, objects, image projection, gestural interpretation, dance, painting or other techniques, created and selected by the participants during the course.
Act Three: making a huge painting on canvas with the collaboration of all the participants. This canvas is suspended in the street as the final image of the show.


Stage 4 (virtual).

Videos, photos, texts and other materials from the course-show are posted online as suggestions for future participants.

Technical aspects

About the participants:

Around fifteen people. It is convenient for the course to be made up of people from various disciplines (puppets, dance, plastic arts, interpretation, image technologies, music). Likewise, it is also interesting that students, professionals and amateurs mix.
Participants must bring their instruments, cameras, computers or painting materials. They will also bring their work clothing in white fabric to be painted.
The admission of participants will close ten days before the start.


Technical requirements of the course:

A work room of 50 m2. approximately, which can be a classroom, a rehearsal room, a workshop, an empty factory or a sports facility.
A smaller space for storing materials and instruments.
A third space, outdoors, for the presentation to the public. A point must be found for the suspension of the fabric (approximately 10m. high)
Sound equipment in the work room and in the performance space for use with various sources (mp3, CD, personal computer).
Various work tables of undetermined measures.
Simple kit of tools and materials for cutting, gluing and painting paper and wood.
The presentation to the public is made in daylight, so no lighting equipment is required.

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