Harakiri - Centro Dramático Nacional

Harakiri

Written by María Velasco and directed by Les Impuxibles (Clara and Ariadna Peya)

07 JUN – 18 JUN 2023
From Tuesday to Sunday at 6.00pm | duration: 1 hour 20 min.
Meeting with the artistic team: 13 JUN 2023
Accessible performances (captioned and audiodescribed performance, induction loop): 15 y 16 JUN 2023

Accessible everyday for people with hearing impairment

Valle-Inclán Theatre | Sala Francisco Nieva

Please arrive well in advance as the auditorium will be closed once the performance has begun.
To collect tickets, our box offices will be open from Monday to Sunday from 2.30pm to 8.30pm.

TEAM

Text

María Velasco

Dramaturgy and translation

Marc Villanueva Mir

Creation and direction

Les Impuxibles (Clara and Ariadna Peya)

Cast

Silvia Capell, Haley Diallo, Montse Esteve, Helena Gispert, Kiko López, Ariadna Peya, Clara Peya, Pau Viyals and Olga Lladó (cover)

Set designer

Judit Colomer Mascaró

Lighting

Conchita Pons

Costume designer

Joan Ros

Choreography

Ariadna Penya

Original music

Clara Peya

Sound designer

Carles Bernal

Executive producer and distribution

Mireia Gràcia Bell-lloch

Co-producers

Les Impuxibles, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Dansa Metropolitana with the support of Institut Català d'Empreses Culturals, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, INAEM and Fundació Carulla.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Fundació La Plana, Assosiació Catalana per la Prevenció del Suïcidi, Mariona Castillo, Gràcia Camps Miró, Després del Suïcidi-Associació de Supervivents and Compañía Voël.

A coproduction of Les Impuxibles, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Dansa Metropolitana

Synopsis

Harakiri wants to free taboos and stigmas from everything involved in suicide to give it space and listen. The show brings together questions generated through grief, through the presence of a mother who explains herself after she dies. Is it possible for a mother to teach more when dead than alive? Is it possible that someone’s suicide will make us freer?

With its own language blending music, dance and writing, and with the will to conduct activism through art. Les Impuxibles spoke about mental health and disorders in Suite TOC núm. 6, sexual violence in AÜC-el so de les Esquerdes and the diversity of bodies and aesthetic pressure in FAM.


Author’s note

Suicide is the major taboo in the media, because of the belief that talking about it escalates cases. This case does not concern suicide for reasons of Japanese honour (harakiri), but that of a mother who has a cut in her womb: the C-section. An indelible tattoo of the creator. An orphan child, a child who, knowing that such behaviour occurs more often in youth, tells himself that “this death was his” and that perhaps he belongs more to his mother’s world than to the world of the living.

The piece stages various investigations into suicide through a group of contemporary music, dance and circus artists. Its purpose is to dramatise a political vision of suicide, at the same time as a critique of managed life and the subject body, of the power that is exercised to ensure life, but which, at the same time, gives rise to alienation and unhappiness.

María Velasco

TEAM

Text

María Velasco

Dramaturgy and translation

Marc Villanueva Mir

Creation and direction

Les Impuxibles (Clara and Ariadna Peya)

Cast

Silvia Capell, Haley Diallo, Montse Esteve, Helena Gispert, Kiko López, Ariadna Peya, Clara Peya, Pau Viyals and Olga Lladó (cover)

Set designer

Judit Colomer Mascaró

Lighting

Conchita Pons

Costume designer

Joan Ros

Choreography

Ariadna Penya

Original music

Clara Peya

Sound designer

Carles Bernal

Executive producer and distribution

Mireia Gràcia Bell-lloch

Co-producers

Les Impuxibles, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Dansa Metropolitana with the support of Institut Català d'Empreses Culturals, Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, INAEM and Fundació Carulla.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Fundació La Plana, Assosiació Catalana per la Prevenció del Suïcidi, Mariona Castillo, Gràcia Camps Miró, Després del Suïcidi-Associació de Supervivents and Compañía Voël.

Biography

Ariadna Peya

Ariadna Peya

She trained in dance in Barcelona, and has held courses in New York, London, Israel, Berlin, Cuba and Bahia with international choreographers. She is passionate about movement and creation. Over time, she has developed her personal strong, passionate, careful and poetic language. Her work is closely linked to music and blending performance languages. She is the co-founder, creator and performer of Les Impuxibles.

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Choreographer and adviser of movement in series, advertisements and performances such as Puertas Abiertas directed by Abel Folk and Calma! by Guillem Albà, video clips such as Mujer Frontera and Niña by Clara Peya and musical theatre such as El despertar de la Primavera and Maremar by Dagoll Dagom.

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Clara Peya

Clara Peya

Pianist and composer. She has released 11 records. She is considered one of the country’s most prolific and transgressive pianists, and is energy and feeling in its purest form. The piano always forms her focal point for composing and writing songs, as she was raised on the sounds of artists such as Samora Pinderhughes, RY X, Patrick Watson, Douglas Dare, Beady Belle, and renowned artists such as Portishead and Björk. An activist and campaigner, she was recognised with the National Culture Award in 2019 for her career and social commitment. She is the creator and performer of Les Impuxibles, and a composer of various music pieces for theatre and dance shows.

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María Velasco

María Velasco

María Velasco has published more than a dozen plays, and has received awards such as the runner-up for the Marques de Bradomín award (2010); the Max Aub – Ciutat de València award (2017); the Heidelberger Stückemarkt International (2022) award; and the Max award for the Best Playwright (2022). Her texts for theatre have been translated into several languages (notably including French, Italian, English, German, and Turkish). The compilation Parte de Lesiones (La uña rota, 2022) includes some of the most significant titles in recent years, such as Escenas de Caza and La espuma de los días (covers); Líbrate de las cosas hermosas que te deseo, La soledad del paseador de perros and Talaré a los hombres de sobre la faz de la tierra (original titles). Her works have also been featured at international festivals such as Con Testo (Milano), Scenes d’Europe (Reims), Rencontres des Arts de la Scène en Mediterranée (Montpellier), Il mondo è ben fatto (Turin), etc.

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She has been producing and directing some of her shows since 2013. In recent years, she has created La espuma de los días (Teatro Español, 2019/Teatre Lliure, 2020) and Talaré a los hombres de sobre la faz de la tierra (38 Festival de Otoño, 2020/Sala Beckett, 2022).

Velasco has also made adaptations for the Teatro de la Zarzuela and dramaturgy for dance companies, such as the Spanish-Italian Kor’sia, and interdisciplinary companies, such as the Catalan Les Impuxibles. The latter work, Suite TOC núm. 6 (Sala Beckett, 2019/Veranos de la Villa 2021), received the 2019 Butaca Nuevas Aportaciones Escénicas Award; FAM (Festival Grec, 2021); Harakiri (TNC, 2022).

She holds a PhD in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University and a master’s degree in Performing Arts Practice and Visual Culture from the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum and the University of Alcalá. She was a member of Spain’s Institute of Cinematography and Visual Arts for two years, and has published theory on film, essays and narrative.

© Noemí Elias Bascuñana

A coproduction of Les Impuxibles, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Dansa Metropolitana