Tablao Carmen // Shakespeare: el de la total (tensión)
Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante

Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz Infante share their doubts and certainties accumulated during their working residency in Naves Matadero.


“The Tablaos of CARMEN//SHAKESPEARE have always been unfinished circumstances: performative impromptus, talks, trafficking in raw materials, thunderous tantrums, lilting fits, and all manner of impurities. Occasions of healthy degradation (“even lower down”), of temporary alliances with dust, with rats and with the vast rumble of shoes that thrives in the cracks between the boards”, is how playwright and dance theorist Roberto Fratini Serafide puts it.

Yet in this TABLAO DE LA TOTAL (TENSION), Olga, Francisco, Carmen, Don José, the Toreadores, the Replicants, the Matadors and other guests are going to take unheard of risks to share a noisy Crash_Test* manufactured from the doubts and certainties accumulated during their working residency in Naves Matadero.

Reclaiming the wreckage of the technological devices (scraps of the different scenic pieces in the CARMEN // SHAKESPEARE tetralogy and the exhibition-labyrinth Omens of Desire (presented in Madrid, in Tabacalera Promotion of Art during the summer of 2018), they will propose a series of narrative modules through which to share an event that is perhaps impossible to name: love.

*CRASH-TEST: A critical resistance test performed with prototypes of self-propelled machines (cars, planes, trains,…). After analysing the most fragile places of impact, the crash-test makes it possible to strengthen the prototype.


Choreographer and visual artist Olga Mesa (Avilés, 1962), based in France for more than a decade, is one of the key figures of contemporary dance in Spain. Her work, experimental in nature, falls within the limits of dance, performance art and visual art. In the 1990s, in her creative work as a choreographer and dancer, she opted for the camera and gave the image a central role in her work. Her work, represented in such important centres as the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France), the Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris, France), the Festival La Bâtie (Geneva, Switzerland) or the Festival Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal), is a sensitive and poetic inquiry into the relationship between the body, the image and space.

In 2005 she set up her residence in Strasbourg where she met the Basque artist Francisco Ruiz de Infante (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1966) whose disturbing universe, created with fragile constructions, devices, tours of facilities, still images, films, sounds, drawings, texts, performance art pieces or shows, immerses the viewer in an intense physical and mental experience. Ruiz de Infante belongs to a generation of artists who have been influenced by the discovery of audiovisual technologies. His work has been exhibited in such places as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), and the Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao).

Mesa and Ruiz de Infante have been working together and promoting the company Hors Champ // Fuera de Campo since 2011. Through it, they deploy a universe in which their respective languages, concerns and experiences confront each other. They make use of technological audiovisual tools, the interfaces of common images of everyday life and they examine the relationship of humans with technology (akin to a relationship with a giant machine and a “connected” environment).

Together they create choreographic works for the stage, performative works for non-theatrical spaces, exhibitions and research sessions. Their project is fully cross-sectional and more than generating “artistic objects”, designed to be integrated into a cultural scene (often very subjected to regulations), they create unique artistic contexts, for all kinds of audiences, of variable duration, adaptable to any scenario, to expand the artistic practices and to think of them as territories for sharing.


Idea: Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante
On stage: Olga Mesa and Francisco Ruiz de Infante. 
Replicants: Félix Ramon y Francisco Blanes Iglesias a.k.a Blanesi. Toreros: Francisco Blanes Iglesias a.k.a Blanesi, Sara López, Javier Muñoz, Jimena Pérez Salerno, Santi T. Grech y Nathanaël Ruiz de Infante.
Technical direction: David Benito
Light: Xulia Rey Ramos
Sound: Frédéric Apffel
Production: Hors Champ // Fuera de Campo – Pierre Kiener
Administration: Machette Productions - Mathias Gauthier-Lafaye
Coproduction: Naves de Matadero

With the collaboration of Ministère de la Culture (DRAC Grand Est – conventionnement), Région Grand Est, Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg
Language: Spanish and French, with Spanish subtitles 

2 March


180 min. approx.
Nave 11. Sala Fernando Arrabal

12 euros