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Insectotròpics is a performing and visual arts company born in Barcelona in 2011 that is committed to the hybridization of languages and multidisciplinary shows. Made up by Laia Ribas, iEX, Xanu and Maria Thorson, the company has artists who join the Insectotròpic family in each production, thus creating collective concepts that blend various dimensions and perspectives.
In its shows, Insectotròpics proposes a journey through the deepest and most visceral emotions through its own and experimental language that combines live painting, live cinema, drama, and music. Its staging shows the inner workings of the creative process, so that the audience is a spectator of both the making of and the final result. Over the course of more than 10 years, Insectotròpics has premiered five shows that have allowed them to explore and deepen their language and way of doing things, which is constantly evolving. The company has traveled to more than 20 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia with its staging.
Insectotròpics brings its universe into other realms, such as events and settings for galas and all kinds of acts for corporations, foundations, entities, etc.

AGENDA

AGENDA

2023

Orpheus 19/01/2023
Santiago/Renca, Chile

Orpheus 17/01/2023
Concepción, Chile

El Increible Viaje de Caperucita Galáctica 14/01/2023
Mejillones, Chile

Orpheus13/01/2023
Antofagasta, Chile

El Increible Viaje de Caperucita Galáctica 12/01/2023
Antofagasta, Chile

El Increible Viaje de Caperucita Galáctica 09/01/2023
Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile

El Increible Viaje de Caperucita Galáctica 08/01/2023
Maipú, Santiago, Chile

El Increible Viaje de Caperucita Galáctica 07/01/2023
La Pintana, Santiago, Chile

2022

Orpheus 10 i 11/11/2022
Teatre Principal, Olot, Es

Orpheus 24/09/2022
Bell Square Festival, London, UK

Orpheus 8-11/09/2022
FiraTàrrega, Tàrrega, ES

The legend of burning man 10-12/08/2022
Sziget Festival, Budapest, HU

Orpheus 30/07/2022
Sommerwerft, Frankfurt, DE

Orpheus 20-21/07/2022
Grec Festival, Barcelona, ES. PREMIERE

2021

La Caputxeta Galàctica (kids) 15/09/21
Festival Le Chainon Manquant, Laval, FR

La Caputxeta Galàctica (kids) 15/06/21
Maribor Festival, SVN

La Caputxeta Galàctica (adults) 14/06/21
Maribor Festival, SVN

2020
Cançó de Nadal 19/12/2020 – 30/12/2020
Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona, ES

2019
L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 4/10/19
Spectaculo Interesse Festival, Ostrava, CZ

The Legend of Burning Man 31/7/19
Sommerwerft Festival, Frankfurt, DE

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 5-6/7/19
Taipei Children’s Arts Festival, TW

La Caputxeta Galàctica 22/6/19
Toc de Corn, Cornellà de Llobregat, Catalunya, ES

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 26/5/19
Festival El Aleph,UNAM, DF, MX

La Caputxeta Galàctica 30/5/19
Teatro del Bicentenario, León de Guanajuato, MX

La Caputxeta Galàctica 28/5/19
Teatro Juárez, Guanajuato, MX

La Caputxeta Galàctica 25/5/19
Festival El Aleph, UNAM, CDMX, MX

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 24/02/19
Teatre de Lloret, Catalunya, ES

2018
La Caputxeta Galàctica 7/9/18
Fiat Festival Podgorica de Montenegro, ME

The Legend of Burning Man 22-25/08/18
Aurillac festival, Aurillac, FR

La Caputxeta Galàctica 09/08/18
Sziget festival, Budapest, HU

The Legend of Burning Man 24/07/18
Temudas Fest, Plaza Santa Ana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ES

The Legend of Burning Man 14/07/18
Bellsquare, London, UK

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 24/05/18
Garraf, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 18/05/19
Mukamas Festival, Tampere, FI

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 09/05/18
Calldetenes, Catalunya, ES

The Legend of Burning Man 23/02/18
Teatre Auditori de Granollers, Catalunya, ES

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 19/01/18
Théatre de Laval, Laval, FR

2017
La Caputxeta Galàctica 31/10/17
La Festa Bruixa, Sant Julià Sasserra, Catalunya, ES

The Legend of Burning Man 8-9-10/9/17
Fira Tàrrega, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 1-2/9/17
At.tension Festival, Lärz, Alemanya, DE

La Caputxeta Galàctica 24-25-26/8/17
Cultura Nova Festival, Heerlen, NL

The Legend of Burning Man 4-5/8/17
SIRF, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Stockton, UK

La Caputxeta Galàctica 27/7/17
Sommerwerft Festival, Frankfurt, DE

2016
La Caputxeta Galàctica 25/11/16
Teatre La Llotja, Lleida, Catalunya, ES

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 5/11/16
Festival di Morgana, Palermo, IT

La Caputxeta Galàctica 4/11/16
Festival di Morgana, Palermo, IT

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 26/8/16
Festival Au Bonheur du Mômes, Le Gran Bornard, FR

La Caputxeta Galàctica 8-9/7/16
Festival Gassensensationen, Heppenheim, DE

La Caputxeta Galàctica 19/6/16
Figura Theaterfestival, Baden, CH

La Caputxeta Galàctica 2/6/16
Tallinn Treff Festival, Tallinn, EE

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 2/6/16
Tallinn Treff Festival, Tallinn, EE

La Caputxeta Galàctica 15/4/16
Atrium Viladecans, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 11/4/16
April Festival, Copenhague, DK

La Caputxeta Galàctica 1/4/16
Atlàntida de Vic, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 29/1/16
Kursaal de Manresa, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 15/1/16
Centre Cultural de Terrassa, Catalunya, ES

Compra’m 6/7/16
IPAM Festival Grec, Barcelona, , Catalunya, ES

2015
La Caputxeta Galàctica 11/10/15
Teatre Auditori de Granollers, Catalunya, ES

Compra’m 3/10/15
Festival TNT, Terrassa, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 23/9/15
Festival Mondial des Marionnettes, Charleville, FR

Compra’m 10/9/15
FiraTàrrega, Tàrrega, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 28/8/15
Welttheater Festival Schwerte, Schwerte, DE

La Caputxeta Galàctica 20/6/15
Bellsquare, London, UK

La Caputxeta Galàctica 27/5/15
Stamsund Theatre festival, Stamsund, NOR

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 27/5/15
Stamsund Theatre festival, Stamsund, NOR

La Caputxeta Galàctica 24/4/15
Teatre Auditori de Calldetenes, Catalunya, ES

2014
La Caputxeta Galàctica 2/9/14
Festival Mirada, Santos, BR

La Caputxeta Galàctica 28/8/14
Festival Manizales, Manizales, CO

La Caputxeta Galàctica 7/6/14
Festival Kaldearte, Vitòria, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 12/4/14
Teatre Principal d’Olot, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 28/1/14
Internationale Külturborse, Freiburg, DE

La Caputxeta Galàctica 11/1/14
Festival Escena Abierta, Burgos, ES

2013
The Legend of Burning Man 5/10/13
Festival TNT, Terrassa, Catalunya, ES

The Legend of Burning Man 6/9/13
Fira Tàrrega, Tàrrega, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 2/8/13
Passage Festival, Helsinborg, SE

La Caputxeta Galàctica 31/7/13
Passage Festival, Helsingor, DK

La Caputxeta Galàctica 19/7/13
Festival Fringe, Madrid, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 3/5/13
Ansan Street Art Festival, Ansan, KR

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 23/4/13
Teatre Auditori Canovelles, Catalunya, ES

2012
La Caputxeta Galàctica 7/9/12
FiraTàrrega, Tàrrega, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 13/7/12
Come & See, Barcelona, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 12/5/12
Mapping Festival, Ginebra, CH

L’increïble viatge de la Caputxeta Vermella (kids) 15/4/12
Món Llibre, Barcelona, Catalunya, ES

La Caputxeta Galàctica 16/3/12
Convent Sant Agustí, Barcelona, Catalunya, ES

2011
La Caputxeta Galàctica 5/11/11
Festival Mira!, Barcelona, Catalunya, ES

SHOWS

SHOWS

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Orpheus (2022)

Orpheus, the world’s greatest musician and poet, is devastated by the death of his beloved Eurydice. With the help of Spiritcom, a virtual reality machine, and accompanied by the power of his music, Orpheus launches himself into Hades determined to bring Eurydice back to life.
This is a journey in which genres flow, from mythological fable to contemporary chronicle, a descent into a world where virtuality generates a new paradigm of confrontation between life and technology. The line between reality and metaverse is dissolving and demanding, in the face of great technological pressure, an urgent ethical review of the power of love, art and new immersive tools to deal with death and mourning.
Insectotròpics continues with the live experimentation of its particular cross-media approach and incorporates unprecedented resources into its trajectory. Through the technique of live cinema, the company explains the secrets of editing with an exposed staging that makes use of resources such as the robotization of cameras, the plastic expression of painting and live digital manipulation. The play juxtaposes audios from audiovisual material found on social media with texts taken from the diary of a member of the company written during a personal experience of mourning. A high-impact show, between performance, live art and concert.

Orpheus, the world’s greatest musician and poet, is devastated by the death of his beloved Eurydice. With the help of Spiritcom, a virtual reality machine, and accompanied by the power of his music, Orpheus launches himself into Hades determined to bring Eurydice back to life.
This is a journey in which genres flow, from mythological fable to contemporary chronicle, a descent into a world where virtuality generates a new paradigm of confrontation between life and technology. The line between reality and metaverse is dissolving and demanding, in the face of great technological pressure, an urgent ethical review of the power of love, art and new immersive tools to deal with death and mourning.
Insectotròpics continues with the live experimentation of its particular cross-media approach and incorporates unprecedented resources into its trajectory. Through the technique of live cinema, the company explains the secrets of editing with an exposed staging that makes use of resources such as the robotization of cameras, the plastic expression of painting and live digital manipulation. The play juxtaposes audios from audiovisual material found on social media with texts taken from the diary of a member of the company written during a personal experience of mourning. A high-impact show, between performance, live art and concert.

Artistic File

Dramaturgy and direction: Insectotròpics Performers: Bru Ferri, Elena Martinell, Xanu, Laia Ribas, iex and André Cruz Musical composition: Tullis Rennie, Bru Ferri Stage elements builder and robotics: Jan Barceló Scenography: Insectotròpics Light design: Bernat Jansà Costumes: Xavi Mancho Executive producer Maria Thorson Production assistant: Eric Sánchez Technical assistance: Júlia Bernales, Joan López Distribution/Booking manager: Mateu Pascual Labourdette and Pau Estrem With the collaboration of: David Climent

A collaboration with the Grec 2022 Barcelona Festival and Creative Territory of FiraTàrrega. With the support of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya. With the collaboration of: Konvent Punt Zero, Fabra i Coats: Creation Factory, Casa Groga Civic Center, Danseu Festival, Santa Coloma de Queralt City Council, Fab Casa del Mig, L’Estruch – Live Arts Creation Factory – Sabadell City Council.

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Christmas Carol (2020)

Insectotròpics updates A Christmas Carol, one of Charles Dickens’ most popular works. This story, written in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, portrays an era dominated by economic optimism that anticipated the rampant, ultra-technological capitalism that is shaking our societies.
The play contrasts loneliness, selfishness, overwork and greed with a sense of community and empathy, represented by the Christmas spirit. A spirit that can paradoxically become a mass consumer product.
Christmas Carol is a multidisciplinary show with a hybridization of media and languages, which could be seen in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona on Christmas 2020. A concept with the seal of Insectotròpics: a cathartic work that combines video art, painting, theater, performance and live music, with a staging that shows the creative process and the techniques used.

Insectotròpics updates A Christmas Carol, one of Charles Dickens’ most popular works. This story, written in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, portrays an era dominated by economic optimism that anticipated the rampant, ultra-technological capitalism that is shaking our societies.
The play contrasts loneliness, selfishness, overwork and greed with a sense of community and empathy, represented by the Christmas spirit. A spirit that can paradoxically become a mass consumer product.
Christmas Carol is a multidisciplinary show with a hybridization of media and languages, which could be seen in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona on Christmas 2020. A concept with the seal of Insectotròpics: a cathartic work that combines video art, painting, theater, performance and live music, with a staging that shows the creative process and the techniques used.

Artistic file

Direction and dramaturgy: Insectotròpics Visual creation: Laia Ribas, iEX, André Cruz, Xanu, Jan Barceló i Marta Lofi Performers: Tatin, iEX, Jan Barceló, Marta Lofi, Xanu i Laia Ribas Music: Danio Catanuto Choir: Musicals’ Choir – L’escola de Músics i JPC Actors direction and staging: David Climent Constructor: Jan Barceló Costumes: Marta Lofi Set design: Jordi Queralt Suau Lightning: Roger Piqué Executive production: Maria Thorson Production: Silvina Kleinrok and Mireia Valcárcel Production assistant: Eric Sánchez Direction assistant: Aram Pou Clavell Camera operators: Matias Fabbro, Xènia Lledó, Oskar Ciurlej Sound assistants: Sergi Salvador, Miquel Grau

A production by Insectotròpics ordered by the Barcelona City Council. With the collaboration of Konvent, CCCB, Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory and Ites Imatge i So.

 
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The Legend of Burning Man (2017)

The Legend of Burning Man is the story of a man everyone has heard of, but whose name no one knows. A legend for millions of people, capable of igniting the network at the speed of fire and triggering a wave of revolutions in his path. All to try to answer a big question of our time: if we are all on the web, who is the spider?
The concept is based on the life of Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian man who ignited the spark of the Arab Spring revolutions when he set himself on fire. It is a poetic and dreamlike journey, based on real events, where video art, painting, theater, live music and performance merge into an explosive show.
The viewer can move around the stage in 360º, and receives the images uninterruptedly, from all possible angles. Like reality. Or like viral news on the Internet. Different things are seen from every angle, but they change depending on the point of view. The machinery comes into operation, offers partial and biased views. Representations are falsified, images that were not become icons, public opinion and even feelings are manipulated.

The Legend of Burning Man is the story of a man everyone has heard of, but whose name no one knows. A legend for millions of people, capable of igniting the network at the speed of fire and triggering a wave of revolutions in his path. All to try to answer a big question of our time: if we are all on the web, who is the spider?
The concept is based on the life of Mohammed Bouazizi, a Tunisian man who ignited the spark of the Arab Spring revolutions when he set himself on fire. It is a poetic and dreamlike journey, based on real events, where video art, painting, theater, live music and performance merge into an explosive show.
The viewer can move around the stage in 360º, and receives the images uninterruptedly, from all possible angles. Like reality. Or like viral news on the Internet. Different things are seen from every angle, but they change depending on the point of view. The machinery comes into operation, offers partial and biased views. Representations are falsified, images that were not become icons, public opinion and even feelings are manipulated.

Artistic file

Direction and dramaturgy: Insectotròpics Visual creation: Laia Ribas, Vicenç Viaplana, iEX, Xanu i Jan Barceló Music: Tullis Rennie Executive production and distribution: Maria Thorson Performers: Padi Padilla, Laia Ribas, André Cruz, Jan Barceló, Matias Fabbro and Xanu Actors direction and staging: David Climent Costumes: Insectotròpics Set design: Llorenç Corbella Wardrobe and objects
Technical directions and lighting: Aleix Ramisa

A production of FiraTàrrega and Festival TNT.

 
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Buy me! (2015)

Buy me! It is a large-format concept that was the inaugural show of FiraTàrrega 2015. It reflects on capitalism and the addiction to wanting more. In the words of Zygmut Bauman, “consumer society is based on the promise of satisfying human desires to an extent that no other previous society had been able to achieve. This promise of satisfaction only remains seductive if the desire remains unfulfilled.»
Buy me! It is a reflection on our pursuit of happiness in the consumer society. A complex society where invisible beasts, unexpressed dreams and natural rights are confronted daily. Based on the myth of Pandora, the show shows dissatisfaction as the worst of the evils released from the box.

Buy me! It is a large-format concept that was the inaugural show of FiraTàrrega 2015. It reflects on capitalism and the addiction to wanting more. In the words of Zygmut Bauman, “consumer society is based on the promise of satisfying human desires to an extent that no other previous society had been able to achieve. This promise of satisfaction only remains seductive if the desire remains unfulfilled.»
Buy me! It is a reflection on our pursuit of happiness in the consumer society. A complex society where invisible beasts, unexpressed dreams and natural rights are confronted daily. Based on the myth of Pandora, the show shows dissatisfaction as the worst of the evils released from the box.

Artistic file

Direction and dramaturgy: Insectotròpics Visual creation: Laia Ribas, Vicenç Viaplana, iEX, Xanu Music: Tullis Rennie, Za! Executive production and distribution: Maria Thorson Performers: Padi Padilla i Mar Nicolás Actors direction and staging: David Climent Costumes and characterization: Marta Lofi Set designer: Jordi Queralt Suau Assistant set designer: Guilhèm Vilches Technical direction: Aleix Ramisa Camera operators: Marina Arias i Paris Talan Video control: Albert Sellés Production assistant and volunteers coordination: Andrea Thorson Volunteers: Berta Castellana, Blanca Canela, Digna Gros, Amanda Tirado, Elisenda Verniol, Lourdes Giraldo, Berta Baliu Franquesa, Nerea Brufau, Anna Solomó Roig, Zoe Galinsoga, Amat Cera Costa, Jordi Cera Costa, Josep Mª Cortada Solsona, Josep Cortada Garriga i Andrea Thorson

A co-production of FiraTàrrega and Festival TNT, with the collaboration of Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory

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The Little Galactic Riding Hood (2012)

What if Little Red Riding Hood decided to ignore her mother, allowing herself to be carried away by intuition into the deep forest of her fears? What can happen when we react against what is established? Have you ever accompanied someone on an initiation journey?
Little Galactic Riding Hood is a stage art multimedia show that features the well-known Little Red Riding Hood tale, offering a unique insight into the popular myth. The show brings together three video artists, two painters, a musician and an actress. It can be done both outdoors and indoors, in multipurpose spaces or on stage.
Little Galactic Riding Hood has a children’s adaptation, Little Red Riding Hood’s Incredible Journey, which shows the importance of fighting for dreams and the value of friendship, creativity and imagination. There is the possibility of a later workshop to teach children the stage devices, and they can act as actors, painters or VJ.

What if Little Red Riding Hood decided to ignore her mother, allowing herself to be carried away by intuition into the deep forest of her fears? What can happen when we react against what is established? Have you ever accompanied someone on an initiation journey?
Little Galactic Riding Hood is a stage art multimedia show that features the well-known Little Red Riding Hood tale, offering a unique insight into the popular myth. The show brings together three video artists, two painters, a musician and an actress. It can be done both outdoors and indoors, in multipurpose spaces or on stage.
Little Galactic Riding Hood has a children’s adaptation, Little Red Riding Hood’s Incredible Journey, which shows the importance of fighting for dreams and the value of friendship, creativity and imagination. There is the possibility of a later workshop to teach children the stage devices, and they can act as actors, painters or VJ.

Artistic file

Direction: Insectotròpics Dramaturgy: Insectotròpics Visual creation: Laia Ribas, iEX, Vicenç Viaplana i Xanu Production: Maria Thorson Musical composition: Tullis Rennie Performer: Mar Nicolàs

A production by Insectotròpics. Recipient of the 2015 BBVA Theater Award.

Contact
info@insectotropics.com
Maria Thorson – (+34) 610 66 27 95
Laia Ribas – (+34) 696 27 04 73

Distribution
management@insectotropics.com
Mateu Pascual Labourdette – (+34) 648 00 30 46