You find yourself in a town square, surrounded by people with undefined faces. They resemble mannequins. LA PLAZA by Swiss-Spanish duo El Conde de Torrefiel could possibly mess with your head as an audience member. It could even be described as a little piece of science fiction for the stage. We are presented with three “dimensions”; the fictional stage, the public street and the private home. The stage becomes an agora filled with people creating situations and scenarios. Some are trivial, some are odd or eerie. We connect to these people in very different ways. Our associations come down to how we look at signs, which again are based on our experiences as individuals and collective. The work could be seen as a dissection of the contemporary, of life in the 21st century.
Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert are the driving forces of El Conde de Torrefiel. They once stated that “The verb is in the dancer’s body, not in an actor’s mouth.” Their characters transcend the limits of spoken language, and a lot of their work is focusing exclusively on the 21st century and on the existing relationship between the personal and the political. The duo’s most recent works include The Possibilities that Disappear Before a Landscape, which was presented at Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival, spring 2018.
“With La Plaza, the Barcelonians, in their own unique way, penetrate the minds of their spectators.” – De Morgen