The music, dance and performance activities that feature in the Museo Reina Sofía programme are closely linked to the theoretical discourse in the organisation of the exhibition programme and the narrative in the Collection. Along with its own activities, the Museo also produces other shared activities that are the result of ongoing dialogue with a number of established collaborators. These activities include festivals, theatre performances, music conservatories, independent spaces, etc.
Sunday, 28 February 2021 - 12pm
They Wanted Arms but People Arrived
A Radio Series on Migration and Domestic Work
They Wanted Arms but People Arrived is a radio series and theatre piece on migration and domestic work, written and performed by women from the Territorio Doméstico (Domestic Territory) association and featuring the participation of sound artist Susana Jiménez Carmona and the work cooperative Pandora Mirabilia.
Friday, 19 February 2021 - 6:30pm
Javier Díez Ena
The two volumes of Theremonial (Beat Generation, 2017 and 2019) see Javier Díez Ena pay homage to the timbre of the theremin, a musical instrument, invented in 1919 by Russian musician Lev Termen, with a sound customarily associated with US horror film and sci-fi scores from the 1950s or as an ominous addition in relatively traditional pop music creations.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 7pm
La Columna Durruti
Scorpion and Felix
In a collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Autumn Festival, the Museo Reina Sofía presents the Spanish premiere of Scorpion and Felix, a work by Buenos Aires-based La Columna Durruti, an iconoclastic collective carrying out performance actions and made up of Emilio García Wehbi, Maricel Álvarez, Marcelo Martínez, Julieta Potenze, Martín Antuña, among others.
Saturday 14 November, 2020 - 7pm
Songs of the Contemporary Social War
Songs of the Contemporary Social War is the title of a pamphlet made by Guy Debord, signed anonymously under the pseudonym “Some iconoclasts” and dated May 1981.
Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 November 2020
Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine
The Museo Reina Sofía presents, in a collaboration with the Oslo Biennial (2019–2024), Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine, by choreographer Mette Edvardsen, a project in which people from different countries learn books of their choice by heart. Together they form a library collection of “living books” which, at stipulated points, are available to the public in the form of individual encounters from which to recite what has been learned to a visitor.
Saturday 7 November, 2020
Between August and September 2015, Pablo Sanz conducted fieldwork in the Amanã and Mamirauá reserves in Brazil’s central Amazon. These recordings make up the material that forms entangled, a project that folds out into a series of multi-channel, ambisonic installations, events and concerts adapted to the place in which they are set up.
Tuesday, 20 and Thursday, 22 October 2020 (Check programme)
Half Said, Unsaid
The Museo Reina Sofía presents the second edition of ESTUDIO, an annual programme which brings together work in a range of formats — stage pieces, performance lectures, readings, conversations — and is the outcome of research conducted by a series of artists and researchers whose practices are tied, either directly or dialogically, to the sphere of choreography and performance.
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 – 10am
ESTUDIO in Conversation
ESTUDIO in Conversation is an encounter which makes up part of the second edition of ESTUDIO, “Half Said, Unsaid”, a programme which brings together the enquiries of artists and researchers whose practices are tied, either directly or dialogically, to the sphere of choreography and performance, voice and word.
Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 September 2020 (check programme)
For a fourth consecutive year, the concert series Archipelago invites the audience to delve into the complex nature of the contemporary world through listening and explores the relationship between experimental music and popular culture by way of sounds from different narratives and geographies.
Saturday, 12 and Sunday, 13 September 2020 – 7pm
François Dufrêne. Tambours du jugement premier
A Re-reading by Gran Circo Indómito
This session without screenings is related to the series Guy Debord and René Viénet, from Lettrism to Situationism. Film Is Dead: If You Want, Let’s Proceed to the Debate.
Friday, 11 September 2020 - 8pm
Llorenç Barber (Aielo de Malferit, 1948), one of the major reference points in sound experimentation, is the focus of the Museo Reina Sofía’s reacquaintance with live music in an open-air concert for “flying bells” that make the Doppler effect audible as they swing.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020 - 7pm
We Will No Longer Be Slaves
A Choreographed Reading of Guyotat’s Eden, Eden, Eden
Eden, Eden, Eden could be seen as a dramaturgy, in which characters’ movements are sketched on a feverish set. Everything seems to be there for somebody to choreograph the type of unique phrase which happens in a seemingly unique stage space. The Choreography is executed with reading.
Monday, 2 March 2020 - 7pm
The Invisible Cage
With 8M on the horizon, two key questions have led Bolivian artist, writer and activist María Galindo to develop a performance in the Museo: What are our horizons in feminist struggle? What or from where do we speak about when we are situated as feminists?
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 - 7pm
MONUMENT 0.7: M/OTHERS
In a dialogue with the exhibition Defiant Muses. Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s, curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Giovanna Zapperi, Museo Reina Sofía presents Monument 0.7: M/Others (2019), by choreographer Eszter Salamon.
Friday, 8 November 2019 - 7pm
An Evening of Solo Works
As part of the performing arts series staged in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents An Evening of Solo Works by choreographer Meg Stuart. Upon the conclusion of the performance, the artist will participate in a conversation, presented and moderated by Isabel de Naverán.
Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 8:30pm
Susy Shock and Bandada de Colibríes
As part of her European tour, trans sudaca activist Susy Shock and her group Bandada de Colibríes (Flock of Hummingbirds) will perform a concert in the Museo Reina Sofía, coinciding with the release of their latest album Traviarca. Traviarca is a neologism alluding to that transvestite which, due to their experience and wisdom, is respected by their equals and community..
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 7pm
Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol
As part of the series of performing arts staged in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents #LOSMICRÓFONOS (#THEMICROPHONES) by Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol.
From 17 October to 4 December 2019
Return to the Future?
Eighty Years on from the End of the Spanish Civil War
The 1936 coup d’état and the ensuing civil war splintered reality, the pieces scattering across complex [in]exiles, disappearances, silences… faltering and inconclusive narratives, fertile, multifocal and widespread memories that pulse and throb today, cross-examining the present and managing to distort a univocal, hegemonic gaze.
Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 September, 2019 - (check programme)
Udlot Udlot by José Maceda
The Museo Reina Sofía opens a call to register for the performance piece Udlot Udlot, by José Maceda, in the areas surrounding the Palacio de Cristal. The call is aimed at anyone interested in music and does not require knowledge of music theory.
From 18 to 21 September 2019 - (check programme)
For the third year running, the programme Archipelago encourages an understanding of the complexity of the contemporary world through listening, exploring what is understood by experimental music and the relation it bears to popular culture by way of different narratives and geographies.
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 – 7pm. Sabatini Building, Vaults Gallery / Wednesday, 3 July 2019 – 1pm. Sabatini Building, Room 102
Bouchra Ouizguen, Compagnie O
As part of the performing arts series staged in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents, over two sessions, Corbeaux (Crows), by choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen. Upon the conclusion of the session on Tuesday 2 July, the artist and some of the dancers from the company Compagnie O will engage in an open conversation, presented and moderated by Isabel de Naverán, with the audience.
Friday, 14 June 2019 - 7pm
Amaranta Velarde and Alba G. Corral
As part of the performing arts series held in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents Mix-en-scene (2015), by choreographer and dancer Amaranta Velarde and artist and creative technologist Alba G. Corral.
Friday, 31 May 2019 - 7pm
A World Tour of Urban Dance in Ten Cities
A dance lecture by Ana Pi, in collaboration with Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
As part of a performing arts series, in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents Le tour du monde des danses urbaines en dix villes (A World Tour of Urban Dance in Ten Cities), by choreographer and dancer Ana Pi.
Friday, 24 May 2019 - 19:30 pm
Japanese artist and musician Tomoko Sauvage presents Hydromancy, a concert in which a set of her own instruments played in the darkness of the Museo’s Vaults Gallery and the use of water as sound material create, quite literally, an immersive experience.
Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 6:30pm
Gaucho Poetry’s Impact on Contemporary Music
The Museo Reina Sofía presents a performance lecture and poetry recital on gaucho poetry and its relationship to contemporary music, conducted by Argentinian musician Martín Bauer.
Friday, 10 May 2019 - 7:30pm
Perceptual Geography. About Maryanne Amacher
Perceptual Geography is a project by Dutch artist and musician Thomas Ankersmit and is based on the research conducted by American composer Maryanne Amacher (Kane, Pennsylvania, USA, 1938 — Rhinebeck, New York, USA, 2009) and the search to make sonic phenomena three-dimensional via the distribution of space.
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 - 19:00 h
A Dance Lecture
As part of the performing arts program designed in collaboration with Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents A Dance Lecture by Toni Jodar, anticipating the organisation of International Dance Day.
Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 7pm
Israel Galván, Pedro G. Romero, Filiep Tacq
A Throw of the Dice…
Inside its Library and Documentation Centre, the Museo Reina Sofía presents A Throw of the Dice… a three-way conversation in two parts between dancer Israel Galván, artist Pedro G. Romero and graphic designer Filiep Tacq.
31 October 2018 (Laboratory), 4 April, 2019 (Performance lecture) - 11am, 4pm and 7pm (check programme)
Performance lecture: The Living Museum and Laboratory
The transdisciplinary collective Mapa Teatro explores the mechanisms that build history, myth and fiction. Their theatre pieces, halfway between installations and new dramaturgies, dissect the violence which has so dominated Colombian society in recent years and dismantle the imaginaries created by colonial reason. In conjunction with the unveiling of the exhibition Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity, inside the Fissures Programme framework, Mapa Teatro will present a twofold laboratory comprising a guided tour around the show in the morning and an encounter later in the day with José Antonio Sánchez, an Art History lecturer from the Fine Arts Faculty at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Cuenca) and theorist whose work centres on the relationship between performing and visual arts. The program will be completed with the performance lecture The Living Museum on 4 April 2019.
Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 7pm
The Living Museum
The Living Museum is a new production — premiered internationally in the Museo Reina Sofía — by Mapa Teatro, and the collective’s coda to the Museo’s Fissures programme (with the exhibition Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity, until 29 April 2019). In fact, the work continues the research on madness, primitive accumulation, extractivism and colonial exploitation started in the show mentioned above.
Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 February 2019 - Times: check programme
Lucinda Childs’ Solos
Performed by Ruth Childs
Museo Reina Sofía presents a selection of solos, held across two sessions, by Lucinda Childs, a pre-eminent choreographer from so-called minimalist dance and founder of New York’s Judson Dance Theater.
From 11 to 15 February 2019 - from 5 to 8:30pm (check programme)
Hanne Darboven Reinterpreted by EVOL
Throughout her life, German artist Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) produced different compositions with scores stretching across – in much the same way as her installations – large-scale numerical tables on paper. According to Darboven, her “systems are numeric concepts that work according to the laws of progression and/or reduction in the manner of a musical theme with variations”.
Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 January 2019
The Museo Reina Sofía presents the first edition of ESTUDIO, an annual programme which, over two days, brings together presentations in a range of formats (stage pieces, performance lectures, actions, readings, conversations). The programme issues from the research conducted by a series of artists and researchers whose practices are tied directly to or engage in dialogue with the area of choreography and performance.
22 and 23 November 2018 - From 5pm to 8:45 pm without interruption
The Ultrathings. A Stage Laboratory by Cuqui Jerez
Final Presentation of the Laboratory
Choreographer and performer Cuqui Jerez (Madrid, 1973) forms part of the line-up for the 36th Autumn Festival courtesy of a stage laboratory she has been developing since June of this year with the support of the Community of Madrid and the Museo Reina Sofía. The project will come to a close in November with the mise en scène of The Ultrathings in the Protocol Room of the Sabatini Building
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 7pm
The Jazz Age in Paris
Serge Guilbaut and René Urtreger
This encounter, which opens the exhibition Lost, Loose and Loved. Foreign Artists in Paris, 1944–1968 in the Museo Reina Sofía, sets out to examine the complex fabric of post-war national identity and cultural politics through jazz and the relationship it bears to modern art. The encounter comprises a short lecture by art historian Serge Guilbaut, the exhibition’s curator, and a concert by bebop pianist René Urtreger.
Friday, 16 and Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 7pm
A Mary Wigman Dance Evening
As part of the series of performing arts designed in tandem with the Community of Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, the Museo Reina Sofía presents A Mary Wigman Dance Evening (2009). The piece materialised from the interest of Ecuadorian dancer and choreographer Fabián Barba in the work of Mary Wigman (1886–1973).
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 7pm
All the Things I Lost in the Flood
Laurie Anderson will conduct a performance in the Museo Reina Sofía to tie in with the publication of her latest book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood (Rizzoli, 2018), a survey of a career spanning more than forty years.
Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 6:30pm
Gamelán Internacional de Madrid
Gamelan is a traditional ensemble of percussion instruments from the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali. The fascination that has stemmed from its percussive and tonality-rich sound over the past 130 years means it is regarded as one of the major influences on repetitive music and, in turn, a large part of twentieth-century music.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 – 6pm / Thursday, 25 October 2018 – 12pm
Arbusto Ardiente (Burning Bush) was conceived after Amaia Urra’s artist residency in the landscape garden of Parc Jean-Jacques-Rousseau, Ermenonville, Oise, Paris, where the philosopher lived in the final weeks of his life.
Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2018 - 7pm
About Kazuo Ohno
Taking this question as his point of departure, Takao Kawaguchi (1962) began, in 2013, to explore the possibilities of copying the movements of the acclaimed choreographer Kazuo Ohno (1906–2010) as a way to access the intrinsic and seemingly non-transferable qualities of this figure, central not only in Japanese post-war dance but also the universal history of the discipline in the twentieth century.
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September, 2018
In its second edition, Archipelago asserts its approach to listening as a form of both knowledge and aesthetic pleasure. Attendants are encouraged to approach the complexities of the cotemporary world not only through the ear, but also through the body, by absorbing sound with all their organs and bones.
28 June – 6 July 2018 (check programme)
A Possible Strength: Towards a Poietics of Living Together
Round table, performance, conference, and film screening series
This program emerges out of the need to bring together ideas on the illnesses we suffer from, at a time when the welfare state has given way to a type of governance centered on the proliferation of new disorders, diseases, and medications.