The 5th edition of ÍDEM 2017 will be held from 12 to 24 Sept, with a series of shows on immigration, Islamophobia, justice or ability vs disability. Artists from Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland and Spain will challenge spectators to tune in with realities that affect other people and communities whose existence we need to acknowledge in order to bring society further together.
Since the day it opened to the public, La Casa Encendida in all its programmes has been deeply committed to making diversity visible, and to encouraging the elimination of barriers. For ten editions, the Festival of the Scenic Arts and Disability contributed to normalising and professionalising scenic artists and creators with functional diversities. The evolution of society itself, and the demands of audiences that were increasingly aware, exacting and committed, led to the need for a greater level of nuance and the opening up to new socially excluded disciplines and fields of activity. Thus the International Festival of the Scenic Arts – ÍDEM – was born.
ÍDEM brings together spectators and artists in an effort to develop empathy for our surroundings and contribute to our understanding of today’s world, in order to help to transform the way we look at things and to “resist the false appearances of illusory evidence” (Marc Augé).
We begin the current season with the premiere in Spanish of Still in Paradise, a performance show that reflects upon the construction of the thoughts which nurture fear and rejection in human beings. In morning sessions, the festival will offer Bailar el agua, a singular experience to share with audiences suffering from severe intellectual challenges. The first week of the festival concludes with the revealing film The Making of Justice.
One of the main offerings of this edition is a piece dealing with discrimination, which was created expressly for ÍDEM 2017. Cosa negra invites us to meet someone who’s almost invisible, and very different from us; our fear of the other melts away, however, in the presence of this mysterious sibilant being.
The festival’s second week continues with Nobilmente and Awake, presenting reflections on the physical, artistic and existential dimensions of the concept of ability, while at the same time imparting a great lesson in resilience.
The festival will close with Mos Maiorum, a piece of documentary theatre that directly transports the audience into the experience of migrants and inhabitants of the frontier between Spain and Morocco who hope one day to cross the border.
Art director: Paz Santa Cecilia.
From 12 to 15 SeptemberPerformances “Bailar el agua”, by Raquel Sánchez y Chefa Alonso
Bailar el agua is a scenic offering that is especially designed for sharing with spectators (…)
From 14 to 16 SeptemberPerformances “Still in Paradise”, by Yan Duyvendak and Omar Ghayatt
Made in Paradise was created in 2008 and toured until 2014 (…)
16 SeptemberFilms, Screenings, Talks “The Making of Justice”, by Sarah Vanhee
The Making of Justice is a movie about seven prisoners working on the plot of a crime film, along (…)
From 20 to 23 SeptemberPerformances “Cosa negra”, by Silbatriz Pons and Rolando San Martín
This theatrical piece deals with animals, light and sound. You may approach it, almost touch it, (…)
21 and 22 SeptemberPerformances “Nobilmente”, by Up-a-Tree Theatre
Nobilmente is a trip through sound as a physical experience, a meeting-place and a place of identity, (…)
23 SeptemberFilms, Screenings, Talks “Awake. Cheer Up... Armageddon’s Coming!” by Michael Achtman + discussion
Anna, who’s chronically ill, is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytiser who makes herself at (…)
23 and 24 SeptemberPerformances “Mos Maiorum”, by Ireneu Tranis, Mariona Naudín and Alba Valldaura
Mos Maiorum (or The Customs of our Ancestors) is a piece of documentary theatre that places the (…)