Workshop - An encounter with Matarile before Antes de la metralla
Struggles, dampness and theatre tactics strategies

An invitation to participate in a dialogue with the Company in the run-up to the edition of Antes de la Metralla to be presented at Naves Matadero on 21 and 22 October.


Interested parties should send a short biography to before 25 September and the company will select 12 people (without any age limits) who will have the chance to take part in the performances. Before the encounter, Matarile will set up a dialogue via email between the regular participants in Metralla and the 12 people selected. The resulting material will be developed and organised with a view to the performance during the 4 days of the encounter.

About Matarile

Matarile has been creating groundbreaking stage performances for 30 years. Founded in Santiago de Compostela by Ana Vallés and Baltasar Patiño, it has staged over 30 shows in several cities including Paris, Edinburgh, Boston and Leipzig, and has received over twenty awards and special mentions in Europe.

A pioneer of innovative theatre in Spain, Matarile is an indisputable benchmark on the contemporary performance scene, working miracles in terms of making audience members feel they are participants in something unique and inimitable. In fact, the company doesn’t seek an audience, but rather partners.

In 1993 it launched Teatro Galán in Santiago de Compostela, which was devoted to promoting and offering a programme of contemporary theatre and dance in Galicia until 2005, and for 12 years it has organised the En Pé de Pédra International Dance Festival. Matarile creates an intriguing wild and poetic language which, as if it were an umbilical cord connected to the audience, injects doses of irony, music, fellowship, humour and reflection.

Mario Moutinho explains it in the following manner: “Independent theatre, when indeed it is such, has the ability to create contemporary productions with a strong element of social intervention, tackling individual and collective drama and conflicts in today’s society, developing these themes dramatically or bringing contemporary writers to the stage. Persisting. Because as Slavoj Žižek says in a quote in the work Antes de la Metralla, “the opposite of existence is not non-existence, but rather persistence”.

Photo © Arón Roda


Led by: Ana Vallés
In collaboration with: Mónica García, Ricardo Santana, Celeste González, Baltasar Patiño

17 to 20 October

5 to 9pm

Nave 10. Sala Max Aub

Free admission prior registration