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En el Jardín de las Delicias, 2021

4K video projection, acrylic on canvas, vibrating floor platform, 3 minutes.

Description: En el jardín de las delicias by Carlus Padrissa is a visceral experience developed especially for this exhibition. A triptych of moving images, featuring over 30 performers suspended in harnesses, is projected onto a painting created in situ at Matadero Madrid. The pulsating soundtrack and vibrating floor add further intensity to an immersive artwork steeped in the theatrical tradition of La Fura dels Baus.

For Padrissa, Bosch’s masterpiece may be read from right to left, and he conceives the right-hand scene of his video as the starting point. Hell is equated to madness, with a mass of bodies emerging from a giant head. Bacchus is at the heart of the central scene, representing instinct, while to the left, creation is a string of DNA supported by a female figure.

Biography: Carlus Padrissa (Balsareny, Spain, 1959) is one of the six co-founders and artistic directors of La Fura dels Baus. Formed in Barcelona in 1979, this company has had a profound impact on the performative arts in Spain and beyond, pioneering the reconceptualisation of theatrical space and the public’s role through groundbreaking staging, audience participation and cutting-edge use of technology. 

Over its 40-year history, La Fura dels Baus has worked across theatre, cinema and large-scale public performances, including the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Opera has played a central role, particularly for Padrissa, who has directed versions of works by Debussy, Berlioz, Wagner and Janáček, among others, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Salzburg Festival and Palais Garnier, Paris.

︎NAVE 16.MATADERO    ︎︎︎07 OCT—27 FEB