On 14 June we invited Jonas Mekas to come down to the hall at Naves Matadero where we are rehearsing the performance Ningún Lugar (Nowhere to Go).

We feel very fortunate to have shared our process with him and his son Sebastian and to have chatted about theatre, film, art and life while we ate a menu of the day at a Galician restaurant across the road.

Recently we were surprised by the entry about Orquestina de Pigmeos in the video-diary on his website. We have provided a link to the video (although his praise puts us to the blush) and we are very grateful for his involvement and support.

We also thank the management of the Filmadrid Festival for its generosity in making this meeting possible.

Direct link to the video here (you can also click on the image)

Vídeo Jonas Mekas sobre Orquestina de Pigmeos

Email correspondence between Orquestina de Pigmeos and Jonas Mekas.

On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 6:31 AM, Jesús Domínguez wrote:
Orquestina de Pigmeos from Spain. Live Performance inspired by your works

Dear Jonas Mekas,

We are part of the Spanish live arts collective Orquestina de pigmeos, and we are preparing a new performance in which we'd like to work, among other materials, with some of your texts, from your books, films, statements, etc.

The performance will take place in Naves Matadero at the end of september 2017, mixturing live action, live music and video projection, and it will be developed by an amateur theater collective of rumanian inmigrant women with a number of musicians. We send attached a photo of an rehearsal in which we are watching "Reminiscences..." in a tv monitor.

By the way, some months ago we were invited by the National Library to make a performance around "domestic uses of the word and the poetic action here and now" and we chose your incredible book "Ningún lugar adonde ir" to make a kind of "performative cinema reading".

We want to express our gratitude for your work, that we really admire, and let you know our project.

We have just known that you're coming to Filmadrid Festival. It would be great to meet you. We´d like to invite you to a rehearsal in Matadero with the Rumanian ladies and musicians (the place is just opposite to Cineteca), or we could meet in another place if it´s better for you.

Have a nice trip to Madrid and enjoy your days here, dear friend,

Chus Domínguez and Nilo Gallego

On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 21:21 Jonas Mekas wrote:
Re:Orquestina de Pigmeos from Spain. Live Performance inspired by your works

CD & NG: OK with me. Check with the Festival people about when I may be free to meet with you. My schedule will be VERY tight...

--jonas