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10th edition IN RESIDENCE - Artists at the schools of Barcelona

The 10th edition of the ‘EN RESiDÈNCiA’ program has already been presented and we are very happy to participate in dialogue with the artists Andrés Waksman and Constanza Brnčić and the IES Barri Besòs and the IES Josep Comas i Solà.

Since 2009, Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB) and Barcelona Education Consortium (CEB) have promoted Artists IN RESIDENCE at the schools of Barcelona, a pioneering programme in our country aimed at bringing contemporary art to state secondary schools through direct, continuous contact between an artist and pupils. Under IN RESIDENCE, then, an initiative developed in cooperation with the association A Bao A Qu, artists are invited to conceive a work that they will the produce together with a group of ESO compulsory secondary education pupils. Over the academic year, as part of the school timetable, these pupils take part in the conception and creation of the work.

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Constanza Brnčić (Buenos Aires, 1974) is a choreographer and dancer. She has been developing her particular vision of the body and of performing for 20 years. She trained in contemporary dance, new dance and the theatre in New York and during her travels through Europe. She holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Contemporary Thinking, both awarded by the Universitat de Barcelona. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Contemporary Philosophy and the Classical Tradition, writing her thesis, supervised by Josep Maria Esquirol, on the subject of “Expression and Otherness in Merleau-Ponty”.

She soon became interested in Body Weather, an artform developed by the Japanese choreographers Min Tanaka and Hisako Horikawa, in which the body is seen as a multiple and changing entity. This aspect of her oeuvre is also influenced to a significant degree by the work of the American choreographer Lisa Nelson on perception and composition (Tuning Scores).

In 2000, she founded the Associació Cultural La Sospechosa, with which she has pursued numerous projects that all form part of her research into the relationship between the body and the surroundings, and the connection between teaching and learning. Also common to these projects is the fact that they seek to place artistic action in unusual contexts in order to generate critical thinking on the social role of art and in particular of the performing arts.

She works in a range of fields and formats, including creating for the stage, performing – as a dancer with companies such as Raravis / Andrés Corchero and Rosa Muñoz (1996-2009) and Malpelo (2002/2004) – and choreography, as well as social projects in diverse settings (hospitals, schools, prisons and groups of non-dancers) and projects in the realm of improvisation. She currently combines her creative work with teaching Composition and Improvisation on the Choreography degree course at the Conservatori Superior de Dansa, and as a guest teacher at the Escola Superior d’Art Dramàtic (Institut del Teatre).

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Erick Beltrán and Mireia c. Saladrigues, Daniela Ortiz, Jeleton, Toni Mira and Anna Pantinat have pursued their creative processes during IN RESiDENCE at the school, which is now participating for the sixth time in the programme, doing so with a group of pupils in the third and fourth years of compulsory secondary education.

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The Institut Comas i Solà (Trinitat Vella, Sant Andreu) was created in 1990 in response to pressure from residents keen to ensure that local youngsters did not have to travel to other neighbourhoods in order to pursue their secondary education. The centre is named after Josep Comas i Solà, an astronomer who popularised science and promoted modern astronomy in Catalonia and was also the director of the Fabra Observatory.

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Andrés Waksman (Uruguai, 1968) is an actor, creator and stage director. He trained as an actor and dancer in Uruguay, Spain and France. He has worked with a number of choreographers and directors, among them Graciela Figueroa (Montevideo), Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), Régine Chopinot – Ballet Atlantique, Veronique Ros de la Grange and Dominique Boivin (France) and Tomàs Aragay (Spain).

He has created and performed various solos and in 1997 he staged his first work in Montevideo, Persona, a piece about poems by Fernando Pessoa.

He moved to Barcelona in 1999 and is a member of the General Elèctrica collective, where he works with Tomàs Aragay. It was with General Elèctrica that he developed the Laboratorio de Solos project between 2000 and 2008, consisting of 22 solos created with different performers (among them Sofia Asencio, Sònia Gómez, Tomàs Aragay and Bebeto Cidra) that have been shown in Spain, France, Italy, Croatia and the United States and which culminated in El perro alado, a solo of his performed at the Mercat de les Flors.

Between 2008 and 2012, he worked on the Azul petróleo project, a Barcelona-Montevideo coproduction awarded a prize by Iberescena and performed in Montevideo and at the Antic Teatre and La Caldera in Barcelona.

In 2013, he began to develop the Laboratorio de Creación project, a space where arts professionals and non-professionals alike could embark on a process of artistic research and creation. Since then, he has createdManada (2014), Desde el fuego (2015), Que corra el aire (2016) and Mar de fondo (2017).

In 2015 and 2016, he directed Criatura, a piece first performed at the Antic Teatre in Barcelona and Nave 73 in Madrid, which was awarded the Godoff Lemon Press Prize for the Best Performance Dance Work. In addition, Consuelo Trujillo, who performed in it, won the Unión de Actores Prize for the Best Leading Actress.

Since 2001, he has taught theatre dance and authentic movement workshops in various cities and in a range of artistic and therapeutic ambits in Europe, notably his collaboration since 2003 with Dr. Claudio Naranjo as part of the SAT Integrative Psychotherapy programme.

That same year, he began to direct his own space in Barcelona, Alas, artes en movimento.

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The school has taken part in two previous editions of IN RESiDENCE with La Calòrica (eighth edition, 2016-2017) and with Mariona Naudín (ninth edition, 2017-2018). In this new edition, it is participating with a group of pupils in the second year of compulsory secondary education.

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The Institut Barri Besòs (El Besòs and El Maresme, Sant Martí) has gradually been constructed over the years since 1977 thanks to the joint effort of parents, teachers, pupils, local residents, the authorities, associations and institutions. This collaboration has given rise to a publicly-run education centre rooted in its social environment and open to the neighbourhoods that it serves. Democratic and participative in its running, it has endeavoured to put in place a range of quality education that is sensitive to positive discrimination to compensate for social inequalities and which seeks to foster scientific and technological education and the values of humanistic culture.

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More info at http://www.enresidencia.org/