Madrid. June 6th, 2020. From Tuesday 9th to Thursday 25th June 2020, the Cervantes Institute in Utrecht will present the film “Survive in El Prado” directed and produced by El Instante, through its YouTube channel.
“Survive in El Prado” was made as a result of the action carried out by El Instante on the morning of March 27th 2019 at the Prado Museum. The film recounts the 15 minutes that the artistic action entitled Persiles and Sigismunda lasted and the circumstances in which the shooting and the action itself took place. The film, produced by El Instante, is formed by 4 parts, as many as the directors were invited to participate: Pablo Llorca, Gabriel Velázquez and Javier Rebollo, who join the section directed by JM Sicilia. This film would not have existed as such if the action had not been deleted from the Prado Museum’s website a few hours after it was produced.
The fictional documentary shows the performance of singers, dancers, bodybuilders, audience and people from the culture scene, who acted as living and real characters in a play that was offered by surprise to the visitors of the Museum on the International Theatre Day. Its objective, to propose a new relationship between the public and the art, from the contemporary point of view of the new creators and, without a doubt, a tribute to the artists represented in the Museum. This project gave entry to music, theatre, dance, photography, cinema, architecture and poetry in El Prado. Persiles and Sigismunda, Cervantes’ characters, open the time of a new disappearance, that of the kingdom of waiting, of the appearance and disappearance of images, the kingdom of the Prado, not as an institution but as a space for art and artists. The characters that appear in the film do not belong to any world and can go through all of them. Their performances are clips of just 1 or 2 minutes, glimpses of the works that inhabit the Museum.
Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) took part in the film.
PERSILES AND SIGISMUNDA IN THE MUSEUM OF THE PRADO
Periander. Xavier Mendoza, baritone
Auristela. Soledad Cardoso, soprano
Musicians. String quintet and oboe. Reina Sofía School of Music:
Anna Tanaka, violin / Cheuk Nam Tse, violin /Lara Albesano, viola / Alejandro Viana, cello / Yeimi Leguizamón, oboe
Minstrel. Santiago Auserón, composer and singer
Copyist of Guido Reni. Cristóbal Belizón
Salome/butterfly. Monica Garcia, dancer
Narrator of the light. Juan Navarro Baldeweg, artist
Unexpected actress. Fátima Miranda, performer
Colophon. Marisa Pons, whistle
Composer. Tomás Marco, musician
Invisible-Statue Man. Gregory Velinnov
The Furies: Francisco Barea, Jimmy Atienza, David Ritter, Víctor Béjar, bodybuilders
Staff and public
Film. Technical summary
Original idea, direction and production: José María Sicilia/El Instante Fundación
Directors: José María Sicilia, Pablo Llorca, Gabriel Velázquez, Javier Rebollo
Duration: 39 minutes
With the collaboration of AC/E
This film -and the action that gave it its reason for being- was made on the occasion of the Prado Museum’s bicentennial.
Painter, engraver and sculptor, he began his training at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCM. The works of José María Sicilia are present in important public and private collections in Europe and the United States and Asia at the MOMA, Guggenheim, Museo Reina Sofía and Pompidou among others. In 2017 he founded the Instant Foundation which carries out projects on the reality of the present moment.
Pablo Llorca is a filmmaker, author of numerous films with his production company La bañera roja since 1989. He teaches History of Photography and History of Film at the University of Salamanca. He has curated many exhibitions such as “Alfred Hitchcock, más allá del suspense” (Fundación Telefónica), “Arte termita contra elefante blanco” (Fundación ICO) and “Mensurable” (CDAN).
Salamanca, 1968. Self-taught filmmaker, he started with cinema by chance, when he auditioned for a friend’s short film in 1995. Since then he has produced his first short film in 1996, which won the Luis Buñuel Film Award with “En Madison siempre es lunes”. His films “Sud Express” (2005), “Amateurs” (2008), “Iceberg” (2011), “Arctic” (2014) released in the Berlinale 2014, “Blue Blood Analysis” (2016) or “Zaniki” released in 2019 at the Cineteca in Madrid have obtained important national and international awards and recognition. “Subterranean” will be their new project for 2020. This film is directed by Manuel García and the feature film “THE ENGLISH ALPINEER”.
He directs and produces short and feature films, What I Know about Lola (2006), The Woman Without the Piano (2009) and The Dead and Happy (2013), both of which he and other filmmakers recently made, For the War (2018) by Francisco Marise. As a director he has won, among others, three times the FIPRESCI award from international critics, the Silver Shell for Best Director at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the award for Best AFI Film in Los Angeles (USA), and twice the award for Best Film in Nantes and Toulouse (France) or Seoul (Korea). He teaches directing, documentary and contemporary art in schools and universities in many places. He is a lecturer and performer. He is currently working in Morocco and France on “Dans la chambre du Sultan”, his new film.
EL INSTANTE FUNDACIÓN
El Instante Fundación arises in Madrid, 2017 with the objective of carrying out a reflection on the present time in our lives. It was born as a transversal project that promotes collaboration with other foundations and institutions. El Instante Fundación has two natures: an institutional one that promotes projects and actions of a very different social, scientific and cultural aspect and a second one, creative, that manifests itself through actions and works.
El Instante, both the Foundation and the artist, brings together a group of people from different fields and specialities of science, culture and, naturally, art. Since its inception, it has carried out, as its own projects or in collaboration with other institutions, exhibitions (Christian Boltanski, Nam June Paik, Miguel Ángel Campano and other exhibition projects around themes of reflection such as survival, folding, or loss.
Música en el Instante carries out concerts, codified music and a programme of commissions for new music about time, food and elegy. Among other composers who will join the project are Juan Manuel Artero, Jorge Fernández Guerra and Tomás Marco. Currently working with composers David del puerto, Jesús Rueda and Javier Arias on a Zarzuela about public overexposure in contemporary society, covid19 and corruption.
El Instante as an artist has conceived, among other projects, installations such as “Shedding Skin”; the actions “Auction of Time” or “Hoshikuzu Yatai”, this last one in Japan and “Persiles and Sigismunda” at the Prado Museum.
El Instante Ediciones has produced artist’s books such as the photo book “Las Patrañas de Miguel Ángel Campano” by Javier Campano. Own editions like “Aló Presidente” or in collaboration with Calcografía Nacional, the “Dream Library” from images created by people who are not artists.
In addition to these projects, the Residence programme welcomes artists and non-artists in their desire to build bridges between people and knowledge, offering a space suitable for work and reflection.
THE CERVANTES INSTITUTE OF THE NETHERLANDS
The Instituto Cervantes of the Netherlands is located in the heart of the city of Utrecht, in front of the cathedral and the Dom tower. The beautiful building, originally a Reformed Church (1913), was acquired by the Spanish state in 1972. In 1992 it was renovated and transferred to the Instituto Cervantes. The centre has different rooms, including seven classrooms, an assembly hall with a capacity of 120 people and a library of 150 m2. It offers general and special Spanish courses and prepares its students for the DELE exams, the diploma in Spanish as a foreign language. It has a multimedia classroom and the AVE method, the virtual Spanish classroom, which allows self-learning through the Internet. The courses take place both in Utrecht and in other cities in the country. The cultural activities organised by the centre are very diverse and cover all disciplines. In addition to the dissemination of Spanish and Latin American culture, it encourages cultural dialogue, and therefore collaborates with many cultural and educational institutions, both Dutch and European. Its José Jiménez Lozano library, which specialises in Spanish and Latin American literature, has a collection of over 14,000 copies in various formats. Its history section (with special attention to the relationship between Flanders and the Hispanic world), the section on methods of Spanish as a foreign language, the music section and the section on Spanish and Latin American cinema are particularly noteworthy.
THE CERVANTES INSTITUTE OF THE NETHERLANDS
Domplein 3, 3512 JC, Utrecht (Netherlands)
(+31) 30 2334261 firstname.lastname@example.org http://utrecht.cervantes.es
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EL INSTANTE FUNDACIÓN
Calle Palos de la Frontera, no 20, 28012 Madrid
Tel. +34 91 0522480