Conversation about the work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Stocos Institute

Conversation about the work being put on in Naves Matadero Madrid, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, a transdisciplinary work inspired by the work of the same name by William Blake, which combines dance, electroacoustic composition, interactive technology, and cognitive science in a scenic forma


The topics for discussion will include both the concepts that underpin the work and the technology that has been specially designed for it. Technology focused on the analysis, sonification and visualisation of different qualitative aspects of body movement such as energy, fluidity, symmetry or impulsivity. Among other aspects, discussions will range over interactive voice synthesis techniques, techniques used to generate choreographic composition, interactive laser systems and visualisations of abstractions of natural phenomena using artificial intelligence techniques. Particular attention will be given to how these technological developments are framed within the conceptual universe of the work, and their impact on the field of the performing arts.

The reunion will feature members of the Stocos Institute company who will talk about these issues with the audience and experts from related areas (to be confirmed).

Language: Spanish and English


Artificial intelligence, biology, mathematics, and experimental psychology can be danced. The expansion of the body energy of dance to other sensory modalities, thanks to technology, is the field of research of choreographer and dancer Muriel Romero and composer Pablo Palacio. Romero, who began her career with choreographers such as Forsythe or Jiří Kylián, teamed up with Pablo Palacio to found the Stocos Institute, from whence they analyse and develop the interaction between gestures, sounds, and visual imagery. They use technology to develop dance. They investigate three-dimensional movement on a stage on which bodies interact with audible and visual entities. Fruit of its own imagination, the Stocos Institute has produced a series of scenic works that act as an artistic dissemination of their research. Their work, for example Acusmatrix, Catexis, Stocos, Double Bind, Neural Narratives1: Phantom Limb, Neural Narratives2: Polytopya or Piano & Dancer speak in this new language that they have invented.

The theoretical body that Muriel Romero and Pablo Palacio generate is studied in conservatories and universities all over the world. They have participated in pioneering European research projects such as WhoLoDancE, Metabody, and D.A.N.C.E. They have also been collaborating since 2010 in the development of Motion Composer, a technology oriented toward the interaction between body and sound for people with disabilities.

20 april


Nave 11. Sala Fernando Arrabal

Free admission