Xavier Bobés IN RESiDENCE at the School Poeta Maragallwww.playgroundvisual.com/company_cat.html
Xavier Bobés (Barcelona, 1977) defines himself as a self-taught actor, artist, object manipulator and stage creator. For more than a decade he has explored the poetics of the everyday objects around us, and the symbolic and theatrical content of everything that is apparently banal. In his performances, he works with lighting and audiovisual elements, whilst music also plays an important role. Moreover, he is also interested in the triple artistic dimension of creation, testing and teaching.
In 2003, he founded the Playground company, with which he has created and presented five shows: Monstres (since 2012), presented as a work in progress at the TNT festival in Terrassa, in an art residency in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina and at Mas Espolla centre of the Animal a l’Esquena de Celrà art factory (Girona); Insomni (2011), premiered at the Temporada Alta Festival; A taula (2009) presented at the Teatre Lliure (Barcelona) and the Die Schaubude theatre (Berlin); El rei de la soledat (2007), premiered at the Neo Festival (Barcelona) and the Mercè Cultural Centre (Girona); Duet (2006), first performed at the Escena Abierta Festival in Burgos; and El cap als núvols, which was awarded a KRTU grant in 2003 and received the Sebastià Gasch FAD Prize in 2005.
Xavier Bobés’s shows have been presented all over Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Morocco, Lebanon, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, among other countries.
Bobés has also created a number of audiovisual installations and exhibitions, including, particularly, Radiografia, presented in Sala 15 at La Garrotxa County Museum (Olot), and La memòria dels objectes, at the Sala Bòlit d’Art Contemporani in Girona.
Biography written in 2013
School Poeta Maragallinstitutmaragall.cat
The Institut Poeta Maragall (Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample) was the first mixed secondary school in Barcelona and was also the first in the city to offer post-compulsory secondary education taught as evening classes (1955). Created in 1932 at the height of the Second Republic, its seed was the pre-existing Institut Infanta María Cristina for girls. Its current building dates from 1967. The art education offered in the sixth form at the Institut Poeta Maragall includes the visual arts, image and design, the performing arts, music and dance.
Presentation written in 2018
Students 4th of ESO:
Hamza Abbas, Christler Paul Arellano, Liam Boudou, Sofía Camargo, Adenike Kebi-Mola, Marcos Feliz, Roger Legaz, Micaela Nicol, Annika Pfeiffer, Stephanie Ponce, Alejandra Rodríguez, Himmel Rodríguez, Kerly Sánchez and Eucarys Tatis
Mariona Sanchez (english language)
Curation and coordination:
A Bao A Qu Association
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium