Revelation of the 2016 edition of Kunstenfestivaldesarts, and for the first time in Milan, El Conde de Torrefiel is a company founded in Barcelona in 2010 by Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert. Their latest works were featured in many important festivals, such as Mercat de les Flors – Barcelona, Festival de Otoño a Primavera – Madrid and Festival Temporada Alta – Girona. Guerrilla, a sort of black comedy on oppression and moral reawakening, looks into the future of a generation of young Europeans. The play, based on the participation of 80 voluntary performers, is a mix of fiction and interviews to a group of people living in the same time and the same place, in this case the city of Milan.
concept El Conde de Torrefiel, direction and dramaturgy Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert, text Pablo Gisbert in collaboration with the volunteers, assistant Nicolas Chevallier, light design Ana Rovira, set design Blanca Añón, sound design Adolfo García, choreography assistant Amaranta Velarde, music Pink Elephant on Parade, Salacot, performers Amaranta Velarde, Milan volunteers.
co-produced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Steirischer Herbst Festival Gratz, Noorderzon Festival Groningen with the support of NXSTP European project
duration 80 minutes
El Conde de Torrefiel is a Barcelona-based project headed by Tanya Beyeler (b. 1980, Switzerland) and Pablo Gisbert (b. 1982, Spain). Having studied theatre and philosophy, Beyeler and Gisbert are also interested in music and contemporary dance. Indeed they regularly collaborate (in the dramaturgical framework) with dance company La Veronal. As theatre authors, musicians, performers, and video-makers, their creations seek a visual and textual aesthetic wherein theatre, choreography, literature, and the visual arts coexist. Their work addresses the notion of imminent temporality, with as a starting point the synchronic analysis of the present, an interrogation of the possibilities of our time. El Conde de Torrefiel intends to understand the existing connections between rationality and the meaning of things determined by language, as well as the abstraction of concepts and the imaginary and the symbolic in relation to the image. In fact, the duo’s most recent works focus exclusively on the 21st century and on the existing relationship between the personal and the political; more precisely, between the new forms of totalitarianism and intellectual alienation, between the sense of responsibility and personal freedom. El Conde de Torrefiel came into existence in 2010 with the piece La historia del rey vencido por el aburrimiento (The story of the king defeated by boredom), followed by Observen cómo el cansancio derrota al pensamiento (Observe how tiredness defeats thought) (2011), Escenas para una conversación después del visionado de una película de Michael Haneke (Scenes for a conversation after viewing a Michael Haneke film) (2012), La chica de la agencia de viajes nos dijo que había piscina en el apartamento (The girl at the travel agency told us there was a swimming pool in the apartment) (2013), and La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje (The possibility that disappears in front of the landscape) (2015). Their most recent works have brought the company national recognition, with presentations in important venues and festivals in Spain, such as Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, Festival de Otoño a Primavera in Madrid, and Festival Temporada Alta in Girona, among others. Thanks to favourable reactions from audiences and critics alike, El Conde de Torrefiel has begun to take its first steps beyond national borders, particularly in Latin America and Europe (Belgium, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, England, Portugal, Austria).