We're an international group of artists-researchers based in Barcelona with more then 20 years of experience under the artistic direction of the company’s founder, Colombian anthropologist and dramaturge Enrique Vargas. Together we research the poetics of the senses.
We developed a methodology which connects the sensorial languages, the poetics of games and theatrical creation. Teatro de los Sentidos builds experiences which blur the line between audience and actors in traditional theater schemes to foster an interactive and creative participation of the audience in which they can explore labyrinth spaces which, in the end, become an extension of their own psyche.
TDLS has toured with its productions to most of the main art festivals in Europe and America as well as Asia and Oceania.
Fundamentally a research-based group, the company has developed an extensive educational program through their School of the Senses, with an on-going program in Barcelona and Pistoia (Italy) including a Postgraduate course and a Master's Degree in Poetics of Play with the University of Girona (Spain).
HEART OF DARKNESS - Teatro de los Sentidos - Enrique Vargas.
Teaser - HEART OF DARKNESS - Teatro de los Sentidos - Enrique Vargas. Filmed and edited by Ana Navas & Stinne Hannibal Jensen. Produced and initiated by REPUBLIQUE - Copenhagen.
Dramaturgy: Enrique Vargas & Teatro de los Sentidos.
Premiere: 2014. Countries: Denmark, Italy, Spain.
This production of Teatro de los Sentidos takes as a starting point the classic Heart of Darkness, a short novel by Joseph Conrad published in 1899, to develop an experiential devised show loosely based on the story. It is an approach to the essence of the novel (the same that inspired the movie Apocalypse Now), by Francis Ford Coppola). Conrad’s work is a complex exploration of the attitudes that people hold on what constitutes a barbarian society versus a civilized one. We have focused, though, beyond its post-colonial anti-racism reading, and centered our attention on what some have called ‘the seed of evil’, a personal, yet universal exploration of the latent potential of corruption in all human beings and the responsibility for one’s own choices in life.
Our proposal remains true to the spirit of the Company, which seeks to make the distance between actors and spectators disappear. Hence, the performance Heart of Darkness is intended to create a sensorial immersion experience for groups, in which the personal involvement of each spectator, based on their own perceptions, emotions and decisions, helps to shape the show.
El hilo de Ariadna (Ariande’s thread)
In order to continue the way, it must be given to the invisible thread of intuitions that are not limited to provide information to him but they reveal a tie poetic dimension to the memory, the intuition and the premonition.
Direction and dramaturgy
ENRIQUE VARGAS and TEATRO DE LOS SENTIDOS
In this show the Cava Wine is the main character; with his secrets and his memory it will guide the travellers through a new sensorial discovery.
The process we began with THE MEMORY OF THE WINE, with the grape as the guide, continued with FERMENTACION, more focused on the mystery of transformation; and now culminates with RENEIXER, that it’s based in the process of a double birth, of the right to reinvent oneself.
The audience-travellers will be guided through the memory of the grape as itself, and the relationship between the earth and its people, and their final destiny: it’s a journey that will take us to the depths of the earth where wine will make itself, and after a second fermentation, we reach the Cava.
Starting from the dramaturgy of curiosity, the memory of the body and the sensorial poetics, and guided by members of the core group of TEATRO DE LOS SENTIDOS, we propose a ludic-sensorial living installation, in the form of a journey structured in 4 parts; open to a reduced group of travellers.
El eco de la sombra (The Echo of the Shadow)
Direction and dramaturgy
ENRIQUE VARGAS and TEATRO DE LOS SENTIDOS
Presented as part the 2016 Melbourne Festival, The Echo of the Shadow is an experiential theatre production by Teatro de los Sentidos (Theatre of the Senses) in which audience members are invited to enter a sensorial labyrinth that has been created for one person to experience in isolation in 15 minute intervals.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s novel, The Shadow, a dark tale about a man who is afraid to follow his own, this immersive production is a physical journey designed to spark emotional responses in the participants.
“Teatro de los Sentidos has pulled another act of theatre magic, and every heart is saddened when the The Echo of the Shadow comes to an end.” Il Manifesto Italy
“Upon leaving… I turned around to see if my shadow was still following me.” La Vanguardia, Barcelona.
El hilo de Ariadna
La memoria del vino.
El eco de la sombra (the echo of the shadow)
El mundo al revés
Pequeños ejercicios el buen morir
La bodega de los sentidos (sensorial supper)
El corazón de las tinieblas
Como fa napoli a sostenerse in equilibrio sobre un uovo
El ultimo baile – (the last dance)
Saborear recuerdos (sensorial supper)
El Polvorin de Montjuic, Barcelona. 2008-2019 - Le Channel. Scène Nationale de Calais, Frankrijk 2017 - Zomer van Antwerpen, België 2017 - Melbourne international festival 2016 - Zomer van Antwerpen 2015 - Mons, Belgium European Capital of Culture, Theatre, la Meneage 2015 - Theatre Republique, Copenhagen 2014 - Sant Sadurni de Anoia. Museum of cava. Barcelona 2014 - Festival 10 Sentidos. Valencia, Spain 2013 - Festival IDEM. La Casa Encendida. Madrid, Spain 2013 - Temporada La Casa del Teatro. Bogotá,Colombia. 2013 - Zomer Van Antwerpen. Amberes, Bélgica. 2013 - Göteborgs Dans & Theater Festival. 2013 - Centro Culturale il Funaro. 2012 - Perth International Arts Festival. Australia 2012 - Republique, Copenhagen Denmark 2012 - Singapore International Arts Festival. Singapore 2011 - Maison Folie di Wazemmes. Lille, Francia 2011 - FITT, Festival International de Teatre de Tarragona 2011 - Festival Manifeste, Grande Synthe, Francia 2011 - Festival Benevento Città Spettacolo. Benevento, Italia. 2011 - Le Vie dei Festival, Roma, Italia. 2011 - Festival Santiago a Mil. Santiago, Chile 2011 - Museo Riso / Teatro Montevergini, Palermo (Italia) 2010 - El Polvorí. FestivalGrec, 2010 Centre d’Arts Escèniques de Terrassa, 2009 - Festival de Teatro de El Ejido, Almería 2009 Festival Grec. Barcelona 2009 - Festival Internacional de Copenhague, Dinamarca 2009 - Teatro Jovellanos de Gijón 2009 - Festival de Norwich - Tollwood Festival, Múnich, Alemania - Napoli Teatro Festival. Italia - Festival of Firsts, Pittsburgh, (EEUU) 2008 - Festival VEO Valencia, 2007 - Festival de Norwich, (Reino Unido) 2007 - Festival Zomer Van Antwerpen, Amberes, Bélgica 2007 - Aarhus Festival, Aarhus 2007 - Fórum de las Culturas Monterrey, México 2007 - Tweetakt Festival Utrecht, Hollanda 2006 - Festival Grec, Barcelona 2006 - Festival Zomer Van Antwerpen, Bélgica -2006 - Palacio de Festivales de Santander 2006 - Món Llibre , Any del llibre, Barcelona 2005 - Tollwood Festival Munich, Alemania 2005 - Hans Christian Andersen Year, Copenhague 2005 - La Città del Teatro. Cascina, Italia 2005 - Festival VEO. Valencia Escena Oberta. 2004 - Fòrum de les Cultures. Barcelona 2004 - Lille. Capital Europea de la Cultura, France 2004 - Festival Grec, Barcelona - Mexico, Monterrey. - Capital of Culture. Piff. Pittsburg international festival, US. - Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona - Tollwood Festival , Munich, Alemania - Palacio de Festivales, Santander - Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Hollanda - Festival di Palermo sul ' 900, Palermo, Italia - European Capital of Culture,Bologna Italia - Festival de Teatro Clásico de Mérida - Festival Theater der Welt, Berlin, Alemania- Klapstuk Festival. Leuven, Bélgica) - Zurcher Theater Spektakel. Zurich, Suiza - Sagra Musicale Malatestiana. Rimini, Italia - London International Festival Theatre, LIFT, London Reino Unido - Aarhus Festuge. Aarhus, Dinamarca - Festival Toscana delle Culture, Arcidosso,Italia - Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá, Colombia - Festival de Teatro Éxodos. Lubljana, Eslovenia - La Villette. París,Francia - Théatre National de Bretagne, Rennes, Francia - Theatre Festival of Wales (Aberysthiwh, Cardiff, Bangor) - Festival de Cuentería. Agüimes, Canarias - Festival Ibero americano de Teatro de Caracas - Festival de Teatro de Londrina. Brasil - Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá. - …
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