The seventh edition of IDEM presents the work of a group of Spanish and international artists united by their marked activism, an engagement with the conflicts of our time that reveals the possibility of restoring the narrative of history, whether through poetry, provocation, humour, defiance, tenderness or hope.
This year, contemporary languages and an emphatically cross-disciplinary approach will be used to explore issues of critical importance to our society: geopolitical economics and justice, colonisation and decolonisation, political asylum, mental illness, diversity and inclusion. From different perspectives, the festival invites us to reposition ourselves as spectators and sharpen our vision so that we can reconnect with the most fundamental premise of art: its transforming power.
During the two-week-long festival, artists from Zimbabwe, Jamaica, New York, Lebanon, Palestine, Switzerland, Italy and Spain will engage in a dialogue with multiple disciplines, including performance, installation, documentary theatre, radio, film, the photography exhibition, the research workshop, and encounters with and between artists.
This year’s festival will open with the iconic choreographer Nora Chipaumire, who will meet with us before she and her company present their show #PUNK (pronounced “hashtag punk”). We’ll also see the Spanish premiere of Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury’s poetic installation, performed by musician and artist Basel Zaraa.
During the second week of the festival, we’ll welcome artist Bárbara Bañuelos and her documentary theatre piece Mi padre no era un famoso escritor ruso [My Father Wasn’t a Famous Russian Writer], a reflection on mental anguish and the body. We’ll also screen the short films of Cinedanza-Diversidad e Inclusión, an IDEM Festival selection of award-winning shorts from the Fiver Festival and MiTS.
In addition, we will have a chance to watch the feature-length documentaries of Milo Rau and Pippo Delbono. The first, The Congo Tribunal, focuses on the war in the Congo and on how economic interests affect the local population. In Vangelo, Pippo Delbono shows us the suffering of refugees who cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Plus, we’ll offer an inclusive workshop on choreographic creation and audiovisual dance production, Cuerpo a cuerpo 2.0 [Hand to Hand 2.0], by Jordi Cortés and Esteban Crucci (#Fiverlabs); the festival will be covered in a radio show run by the team of persons with disabilities from Radio Nikosia, coordinated by Bárbara Bañuelos; and the festival programme will be rounded out with the exhibitions of Alberto de Torres (from the Debajo del Sombrero collective) and Rafael Díaz.
IDEM aspires to be a place of encounter and exchange between artists and audiences, a festival which, year after year, promotes the vision of a more egalitarian society by embracing diversity and always programming events with the idea and the determination to guide the public towards the conquest of a more just society.
Artistic director: Marisa Lull
From 10 September to 31 OctoberExhibitions El Muro: Alberto de Torres. Debajo del Sombrero
This year IDEM, the International Performing Arts Festival, welcomes the work of Alberto de Torres (Madrid, 1974) (…)Free
10 SeptemberTalks Encounter with Nora Chipaumire + Q&A
Taking advantage of the artist’s participation in IDEM 2019, the International Performing Arts Festival, with her (…)
11 and 12 SeptemberPerformances "#PUNK” by Nora Chipaumire
#PUNK is an energetic contemporary dance performance that deals with the theme of identity and harnesses the rebellious (…)
From 12 to 29 SeptemberExhibitions IDEM Festival. “Esclimética” exhibition
Esclimética [Asclimethics] explores themes like palliative care, memory loss, faith vs science, AIDS and its (…)Free
13 and 14 SeptemberScreenings "The Congo Tribunal" by Milo Rau
Milo Rau has created a portrait of one of history's biggest and bloodiest economic wars in this documentary, which (…)
From 13 to 15 SeptemberPerformances "As Far As My Fingertips Take Me” by Tania El Khoury
An encounter through a wall between an audience member and a refugee. Their arms touch without seeing each other (…)
14 SeptemberRadio Show with Radio Nikosia, coordinated by Bárbara Bañuelos
Radio show about the IDEM Festival with Radio Nikosia, in collaboration with Bárbara Bañuelos, as an extension of the (…)
18 SeptemberScreenings IDEM selection of award-winning shorts from FIVER and MiTS
The IDEM Festival has selected a series of shorts that won awards at different editions of the FIVER Festival and at (…)
19 and 20 SeptemberPerformances "Mi padre no era un famoso escritor ruso" by Bárbara Bañuelos
A reflection on mental health and the body (…)
21 SeptemberScreenings “Vangelo” by Pippo Delbono
The idea of staging the Gospel takes shape through the lives of refugees, the undeniable protagonists of a new age.