• Black Box teater
  • Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival
  • 5–14 March 2020
  • Performances, installations, talks,
    seminars and festival club
  • El Conde de Torrefiel
  • Friday 6,21.00
  • Saturday 7,21.00

You find yourself in a town square, surrounded by people with undefined faces. They resemble mannequins. LA PLAZA by Swiss-Spanish duo El Conde de Torrefiel could possibly mess with your head as an audience member. It could even be described as a little piece of science fiction for the stage. We are presented with three “dimensions”; the fictional stage, the public street and the private home. The stage becomes an agora filled with people creating situations and scenarios. Some are trivial, some are odd or eerie. We connect to these people in very different ways. Our associations come down to how we look at signs, which again are based on our experiences as individuals and collective. The work could be seen as a dissection of the contemporary, of life in the 21st century.

Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert are the driving forces of El Conde de Torrefiel. They once stated that “The verb is in the dancer’s body, not in an actor’s mouth.” Their characters transcend the limits of spoken language, and a lot of their work is focusing exclusively on the 21st century and on the existing relationship between the personal and the political. The duo’s most recent works include The Possibilities that Disappear Before a Landscape, which was presented at Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival, spring 2018.


“With La Plaza, the Barcelonians, in their own unique way, penetrate the minds of their spectators.” – De Morgen

  • Conceived & devised by: El Conde de Torrefiel in collaboration with the performers 
  • Direction: Tanya Beyeler, Pablo Gisbert 
  • Text: Pablo Gisbert 
  • Cast: Gloria March Chulvi, Albert Pérez Hidalgo, Mónica Almirall Batet, Nicolas Carbajal, Amaranta Velarde, David Mallols and local performers
  • Stage design: El Conde de Torrefiel, Blanca Añón 
  • Costumes: Blanca Añón & Performers 
  • Light design: Ana Rovira 
  • Sound design: Adolfo Fernández García 
  • Sound technician: Uriel Ireland Rabinad
  • Stage manager: Isaac Torres 
  • Technicians on tour: Roberto Baldinelli, Javi Castrillón 
  • Production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), El Conde de TorrefielCo-production: Alkantara & Maria Matos Teatro (Lisbon), Festival d’Automne & Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival GREC (Barcelona), Festival de Marseille, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts, Vooruit (Ghent), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Black Box teater (Oslo), Zurcher Theaterspektakel (Zürich) 
  • With the support of: Zinnema (Brussels), Festival SÂLMON, Mercat de les Flors & El Graner – Centre de Creació, Barcelona, Fabra i Coats, centre de creació Barcelona
    Diffusion & tour management: Caravan Production
    Text Translations: Marion Cousin (FR), Martin Orti (DE), Lisa Thunnissen (NL), Teresa Fernandes (PT), Christiana Galanopoulou (GR), Nika Blazer (GB) 
  • Thanks to: Roberto Fratini Serafide, Luisa Guitierrez, Daniel Miracle, Rubén Ramos Nogueira (TEATRON), Christiana Galanopoulou, Griffon dance Studio (Athens), Los Reyes del Mambo, Laboratorios Festival SURGE (Madrid), Teatro Pradillo, Museo Reina Sofía, HAMACA Project, Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona), Fabra i Coats – Fabrica de creaciò de Barcelona.


The shows in Oslo are presented with the support of the AC/E – Acción Cultural Española – Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE).

In Spanish, with English subtitles.

Duration: 90 minutes.


FRI KUNST: We had a talk with Tanya Beyeler from El Conde de Torrefiel about her viewpoints on artistic freedom. Click to read!