The best musicals by candlelight in an intimate atmosphere will be played at Parque Tierno Galván
Candlelight holds three open-air concerts in May
The Tierno Galván Park is the chosen setting for three musical evenings dedicated to Ludovico Einaudi, Coldplay and classic cinema by candlelight and under the stars.
The first concert of Candlelight Open Air, will take place on Friday, May 6 at 21:30h, the stage of the Parque Tierno Galván will host a tribute dedicated to Ludovico Einaudi, one of the great contemporary composers of this generation, conducted by Esther Toledano.
The second concert under the light of the stars will be on Saturday, May 7 at 21:30. A concert by a string quintet from Madrid to relive the melodies of the best contemporary film musicals such as Think of Me from The Phantom of the Opera; Somewhere over the rainbow from The Wizard of Oz; City Of Stars from La La Land and Once Upon a December from Anastasia.
Finally, a special tribute to Coldplay. It will be on Sunday, May 8 at 21:30h, when the same pianist Esther Toledano will take the reins of another candlelight evening.
Price in spring 2022
From March 20 to May 29, the Ciclo Price in spring 2022 will bring to the capital some of the best figures and companies of the world circus scene in its most unique variety of styles. A rich and diverse program with music, contemporary dance, aerial, acrobatic or theatrical circus, clown, cabaret and much more.
The festival opened on Sunday 20 with Gran Bolero, by Jesús Rubio Gamo, one of the great promises of European contemporary dance and with which he won the Max Award for the Performing Arts in 2020.
Also on the bill is A Deer in the Headlights, which is backed by the French-Canadian company Cirque Le Roux. The Elephant in the Room, the company presents the nouvelle vague, American exploitation and independent cinema of the 1970s. Another international highlight is Sweat & Ink, from the award-winning Barcode Circus Company. In addition, the line-up also includes leading names on the Spanish scene, such as La Joven, with its successful Eneida (Playlist for a continent adrift), or the Carampa Circus School, which will present its acrobatic Tríptico de ausencias (Triptych of absences). And there’s more: Marco Motta’s aerial circus and dances of Afro origin visible in Blackbird, the clown of the Cía. Hernán Gené with Las trágicas payas de Shakespeare, the humor of Paüra brought to us by Cía Lucas Escobedo, the gestural theater and live music of The Royal Gag Orchestra under the Yllana label, the clown and circus of Gala Saniclown in La vuelta al mundo en 1001 risas or the cabaret of Nonsense with Cabaret de pensamiento.
El tiempo entre costuras – Musical
Date: February 24 – May 22
Place: Especio Ibercaja Delicias, Madrid
The musical based on the famous novel by María Dueñas, “El tiempo entre costuras”, a story of love and war that transcends all borders, arrives in Madrid.
The story presents on stage the young dressmaker Sira Quiroga who leaves Madrid in the months before the beginning of the civil war in pursuit of love for a man she barely knows. They both settle in Tangier, a worldly and exotic city where everything unthinkable can come true, including betrayal and abandonment. Finding herself alone and in debt to others, Sira moves to Tetouan, capital of the Spanish Protectorate in Morocco. Using trickery and with the help of friends of dubious reputation, she forges a new identity to start a select atelier where she attends to clients of remote origins.
An exciting adventure that moves through maps, memory and nostalgia, visiting the legendary colonial enclaves of North Africa, the pro-German Madrid of the immediate post-war period and a Lisbon full of spies, opportunists and refugees. A story where haute couture ateliers, the glamour of the big hotels, political conspiracies and the dark missions of the secret services come together.
Federico Barrios Fierro is in charge of the direction and the set design is by Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda, one of the best set designers in Europe with extensive experience in musical productions. The Spanish designer Lorenzo Caprile has been in charge of the costumes for the main character, Sira Quiroga, while the remaining costumes are the work of Marietta Calderón. María Dueñas has participated as an advisor throughout the creative process.
Enjoy family weekends in Madrid and Luchana theaters
Where: at the luchana theaters (calle luchana, 38)
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
The cold weather is coming to Madrid and we can’t wait to attend a theater program, and if it’s for kids so you can attend it with the whole family, even better. This is what the theaters of Luchana (Luchana, 38) have thought, opening their doors every weekend to allow families to enjoy, with the little ones, the most successful plays for children.
The best plays for children to watch as a family
All the works are the result of the creative team of Beti Alai, directed by Jon Sarasti and Néstor Gutiérrez.
To see our favorite clowns: TARARÍ AND TAN-TAN in MISIÓN MARCIANA. A show in which Tararí and Tantán sing, dance and turn any game into a wonderful adventure. After transforming a bed into a boat, a truck or a space rocket, Tarari and Tantan visit colorful planets, live crazy adventures and finally arrive on Mars, where they will meet Marciano and Marciana. Exhausted by so many adventures, they go to bed, eager to dream again of colorful planets.
And after the clowns, it’s time for the PANDAS with their show: Tra-vesura Panda. The show is inspired by the escape of two pandas from the Shanghai Zoo, who had fun wandering around for a whole day before coming back to rest in their corner. The musical clown show is fun for the whole family, and brings contagious laughter to the little ones, who are happy with the adventures of Paytan and Bamboo.
And if you thought there couldn’t be anything else, you were wrong!!! We even have DRAGONS!!! In Nora and the Dragon: the charm of traditional tales is rediscovered, to plunge you into a fun and exciting adventure that will take us into a world of fantasy, dragons, trolls and enchanted forests. Giant puppets and singing and dancing puppets, original music with live songs and wonderful costumes make Nora and the Dragon the family show of the year.
Finally, the show Jack and the Beanstalk is not to be missed: a show for the whole family, with original songs sung and danced live by a professional troupe, to the fun choreography of Paula Vázquez. The soundtrack of Jack and the Magic Beanstalk is made up of fun, lively and danceable songs, Swing, Soul and Rock & Roll.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Date: from February 4th
Hours: from 10:00 to 19:30
Duration: 60 minutes approx.
Place: Moda Shopping Mall (Avenida del General Perón, 38-40 Madrid)
A great new experience to see up close the incredible works of art of the Sistine Chapel in real size. It arrives in Madrid after the success in Shanghai, Chicago, Phoenix, Berlin or Vienna, among many others.
It shows the grandeur and majesty of possibly one of the greatest artistic achievements of mankind. Through a special printing technique with high-definition images of the original paintings, you will be able to appreciate each and every detail of the 34 frescoes that make up this work of art. The Sistine Chapel was Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the process of which began in 1508 and was completed in 1512. The technique used for its creation consisted of applying fresh paint on the walls and ceilings of the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
Frida Kahlo. The experience
Date: until 22/04/22
Where: Palacio de Neptuno – C/ Cervantes, 42
Exhibition Frida Kahlo. The Experience. “Eyes that don’t see, a heart that doesn’t feel”, an intimate look at the Mexican artist.
An immersive experience using the technique of videomapping and a unique selection of photographs presenting emblematic moments of Frida Kahlo’s life, as well as other lesser known scenes.
Frida managed to transform her immobility into opportunity and her suffering into an energy that made her immortal. It is precisely this energy, this passion, that we will be able to experience through this moving exhibition that invites us to “get to know a unique woman, to live her and to understand her essence: her strength, her value, her talent and her immense love”.
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: return to Hogwarts
Harry Potter is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. With eight films and a trilogy, its legacy lives on. HBO Max will host a reunion for the 20th anniversary of the original film.
The event, titled Harry Potter 20th anniversary: return to Hogwarts, will premiere on January 1, 2022. It will feature behind-the-scenes stories, interviews and new conversations between the actors going back several years into the past.
“Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione is still my favorite fictional character”. Emma Watson.
Through a statement, Warner Bros Global Kids president Tom Ascheim said it will be a unique retrospective journey for fans who grew up watching them: “It’s been an incredible journey since the debut of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film, and to witness how it has evolved”.
Ignited Nature. Explorium
Date: From November 02, 2021 to January 16, 2022
Where: Royal Botanical Garden
Address: Plaza de Murillo, 2 (next to the Prado Museum)
The Royal Botanical Garden hosts from November 2 a unique light show, aimed at the whole family, and that this year is Ignited Nature. Explorium. This new edition, Nature on fire invites us to stroll through the ocean depths to discover incredible species in a surprising and totally different experience.
The iconic trees at the entrance of the garden will be illuminated with the colors of the ocean and the rhythm of the waves to welcome us to this outdoor promenade where we will be accompanied by 15 kilometers of LED lights.
Along the promenade you can see figures of light, both mythical and human, giant-sized light sculptures of flowers, hearts of light and entrance gates adorned with their best lights.
“Meet Vincent van Gogh Experiencie”
After visiting cities such as Beijing, London and Seoul, the traveling exhibition has received international awards. It is a cultural phenomenon of the hand of the Embassy of the Netherlands.
At the “Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience”, visitors can become part of the life and most famous works of the Dutch painter, one of the world’s most iconic artists.
The exhibition is set apart from others by a variety of activities that allow visitors to touch and feel the elements of the painter’s life in a completely different way. This will include using a microscope table to learn more about Vincent’s materials, techniques and tools, investigating the layers of his paintings, creating a self-portrait and exploring basic color theory, and learning to use perspective as van Gogh did with a perspective drawing frame.
In the more personal section, the figure of the immortal genius is brought closer to the human being he was in life through the life-size recreation of his bedroom and the stories behind van Gogh’s works.
From September 30, 2021 to January 9, 2022
Ibercaja Delicias Space
Paseo de las Delicias, 61 (Madrid)
Clown Quixote: Two Manchegos in Trouble
Two clowns bring to life the most universal comic couple in Spanish literature: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Through a series of comic sketches that draw from the best sources of cinematic, theatrical and television humor, a surprising, magical and evocative vision of the story is represented.
Rosa V. Saez and Ramón Merlo, two clowns with international experience who have participated in productions by Yllana (Rock & Clown, Los mejores sketches de los Monty Phyton) or La Abadía (Horacios y Curiacios), are responsible for this quixotic idea: a comedy inspired by “Don Quijote de la Mancha”, in the key of clown and without words.
The gesture is supported by body expression, dance, live music, mime, circus… and the participation of the audience, which becomes an active accomplice of the madness of these two clowns.
A peculiar vision of these two clowns representing some of the most famous scenes of Cervantes’ novel.
La Bella Otero
Teatro de la Zarzuela / Madrid
It recounts the vivid life of one of the most famous and influential dancers of the late nineteenth century, Carolina Otero. A woman from a Galician village who invented herself from a tragic event in her childhood. She used men to rise in her artistic career and was admired by kings all over Europe, but the only love into whose arms she fell was that of gambling. La Bella Otero reflects on mistreatment, ambition, success, the inability to love and loneliness using different genres, from Spanish dance, including folklore and flamenco, to zarzuela.
Mozart’s Requiem by Candlelight
Mozart, like never before! A unique experience under candlelight during an exclusive concert by the Matrice Quartet. This formation puts on stage the most famous classical music works in the world (Requiem and Ave Verum by W.A. Mozart).
Venue: Círculo de Bellas Artes – Columns Room
Date and time: June 11 at 7:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.
EXHIBITION OF UNPUBLISHED PHOTOS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
July 18, 2021 (Museo Nacional D’Art de Cataluña)
The Endless War will reveal the different facets of the work of the photographer Antoni Campañà (Arbúcies, 1906 – Sant Cugat del Vallès, 1989), focusing on the photographs that he took during the Spanish Civil War, which his family found by chance in 2018. This series of images, of great artistic quality and historical importance, was hidden away in a box by the artist, where it remained for more than 70 years, from the end of the Civil War to 2018. This box, containing hundreds of previously unseen images, is now known as the “red box” and it is a very important new contribution to Catalonia’s photographic heritage, with regard to the Civil War especially, resituating Campañà as one of the great names in 20th-century Catalan and Spanish photography.
The show will present a large number of these previously unseen photographs, never even developed by the photographer. The majority of the photos in the exhibition come from the material kept by the artist’s family, which has decided to loan 63 photographs from the pictorialist period before the war to the museum. Some of these photographs will also be displayed for the first time in the exhibition.
ENJOY THE MOST ENTERTAINING CHILDREN’S SHOWS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Every weekend children and adults will have a great time singing, laughing and dancing with the funniest clown show, the naughtiest adventures of Paytan and Bamboo and the cutest muppet performance of The 7 kids and the wolf.
Theater is one of the best ways for children to develop, express themselves and have fun. A fun way of learning and leisure in family that helps connect children and adults through games, dances and catchy songs.
The production company Beti Alai, directed by Jon Sarasti, specializes in family shows, from where they are in charge of telling beautiful and well cared for stories according to the abilities and tastes of each age group. Tararí y Tantán, Los 7 cabritillos y el lobo and Travesura Panda are some of the shows created by Beti Alai that children and adults can enjoy every weekend at the Teatros Luchana and Teatro Galileo in Madrid.
Is there anything healthier than a child’s laught?
TARARI AND TANTAN 2. MARTIAN MISSION – TEATRO LUCHANA
After the success of Tararí y Tantán (@tararitantan) looking for the moon, the funniest clowns of the Teatro Luchana (C / Luchana 38) meet every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm with new adventures.
Tararí (Néstor Gutiérrez) and Tantán (Raúl Guirao) through dances and songs will turn any game into a wonderful adventure recommended for children from 2 years old. Full of curiosity, they set out to discover other worlds, capable of transforming a bed into a boat, a truck or a space rocket.
Tarari and Tantan visit colorful planets, live crazy adventures and finally reach Mars, where they meet Marciano and Marciana. Exhausted by so many adventures, they fall into bed, wishing to dream of colorful planets again.
Venue: Teatro Luchana (C/ Luchana 38)
Tickets available at the theater’s website
WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE GOATS – TEATRO LUCHANA
Wolf and The Seven Little Goats is a tender interpretation of the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, presented by Grandfather (played by Raúl Guirao) and his granddaughter Valentina (directed by Ana Cañas), which takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00h at the Teatros Luchana (C/ Luchana 38).
A comedy with actors and muppet puppets, recommended for children from 3 years old, in which children and adults will have a great time for 50 minutes helping the little goat Tilla to save her brothers and return the wolf to the mountain.
With only two seasons, it has achieved great success among its more than 10,000 viewers.
Venue: Teatro Luchana (C/ Luchana 38)
Tickets available at the theater website
PANDA MISCHIEF – TEATRO LUCHANA
Panda Mischief is an amusing musical clown show inspired by the escape of two pandas from the Shanghai Zoo, who amusingly wandered around all day to return to rest in their corner. Its protagonists Paytán (Ana Serzo, Best Actress at NYFF 2020) and Bambú (Eric Ruiz) play two mischievous brother and sister pandas in this story that deals with friendship, companionship and brotherly love in a very cute and funny way. A show recommended for children from 2 years old that can be seen Saturdays (at 12:00h), Sundays (at 10:45h) and holidays at Teatros Luchana (C / Luchana 38).
Playing in the forest, the mischievous panda break a ray to the Sun, which gets sick and stops heating. The brothers Paytan and Bamboo look for the Sun to return the ray, and in the adventure they encounter the evil Crocodile, the crazy Flamenco and all their friends who help them and sing with them.
Venue: Teatro Luchana (C/ Luchana 38)
Time: Saturdays at 12:00 noon and Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
Tickets available at the theater’s website
TARARI AND TANTN 1. LOOKING FOR THE MOON – TEATRO GALILEO
The show that has already conquered more than 30,000 spectators for three years at the Teatro Luchana can now be seen every Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm at the Teatro Galileo (C/ Galileo 39) enlivening the afternoons of the weekends.
In this adventure Tarari and Tantan will search for Luna high in the mountains, among the waves on the beach and at the bottom of the sea. Tired at the end of the day, Sol and Luna return and sing their song with all their friends and spectators.
Venue: Teatro Galileo (C / de Galileo 39)
Tickets available at the theater’s website
The songs of the shows, composed by Gonzalo Galiñanes, are available on the Spotify album of Tararíy Tantán and Wolf and The Seven Little Goats and on YouTube, where children can watch the original videos of each song from anywhere.
CARMEN DANCE CLASSIC
“Carmen”, the most acclaimed Spanish dance work, with more than one million spectators in the main theaters of the world, returns to Madrid. It does so by the hand of the company Antonio Gades, which will present the show in five unique performances from March 22 to 26 at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá.
This version for theater was conceived almost at the same time as Carlos Saura’s film. It was premiered in Paris (France) in 1983 and was a resounding success for Gades, who became one of the best dancers in the world.
March 22 to 26 at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá
The national museum Thyssen-Bornemisza celebrates the centenary of the birth of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, one of the most renowned collectors of 20th-century art and a major contributor to the modern art collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza focused much of his collecting activities on 20th-century artistic movements, especially German Expressionism. A large part of his collection is on permanent show in the museum, and on this occasion is exhibited alongside other works belonging to the Thyssen-Bornemisza family.
The paintings are not presented in the conventional chronological order, but hung according to three core ideas: their creation process; the public and critical reaction to them; and the Baron’s relationship with his art dealers and the international exhibitions he organised.
Until March 14th, 2021
WHITNEY HOUSTON IN HOLOGRAM
A show that recreates the singer with hologram technology, as if she were on stage. An Evening With Whitney Houston is the title of this show, which is also an exceptional premiere in Madrid.
Hologram technology projects the image of the deceased artist onto the stage, giving a sense of three-dimensionality, and that image of Whitney Houston is framed by a live band and dancers of flesh and blood. The effect is to have the artist back on stage.
For an hour and a half, viewers will be able to enjoy legendary songs from Houston’s repertoire, such as the initials How Will I Know and Saving All My Love For You, hits from the BSO El Guardaespaldas such as I’m Every Woman and of course I Will Always Love You or songs from his last period, such as It’s Not Right But It’s Ok or the very recent Higher Love.
From December 25, 2020 to January 30, 2021
38º FESTIVAL DE OTOÑO
Offers us a varied programme that includes text theatre, contemporary dance, experimental music, performance, object theatre, living arts, immersive theatre, cinema, poetry and transmedia drama.
The great festival, celebrates this year its 38th edition, and which once again seeks to support the performing arts. Presents an intense programme, which has been designed by its artistic director Alberto Conejero, and which will offer, a total of 37 shows, of which 3 are creations of transmedia dramaturgy, 21 absolute premieres, 7 premieres in Spain, 10 premieres in the Region of Madrid and 5 programmes of transversal activities.
Although this year the festival offers special support to Spanish creation with shows by leading avant-garde artists, emerging figures and totems of creation and stage direction, it maintains an international presence.
The Teatros del Canal, La Abadía, Cuarta Pared, Pradillo, Naves del Español in Matadero, Conde Duque Madrid, the Sala Mirador, the Museo Reina Sofía, the Real Coliseo Carlos III de San Lorenzo de El Escorial or the Corral de Comedias in Alcalá́ de Henares, are some of the spaces participating in this edition.
EXPOSITIONS – AWKWARD GUETS
Premiere: 14 octubre 2020 – 14 marzo 2021
Address: Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23
An exhibition examining the role of women in the Spanish art system of the 19th and early 20th centuries. “Awkward Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931)” takes the form of a survey in two main sections: first presenting the image of women that was legitimised by the State through prizes, exhibitions and museums, and the position that women occupied in society at this period; secondly, showing some of the most important artworks produced by women in 19th- and 20th-century Spain, mapping the subordinate role that the system assigned to women.Finally, it shows the sometimes epic journey that some women had to undertake to free themselves from the limitations imposed on their sex.
EXPOSITIONS – BOTERO PAINTING
Premiere: september 17, 2020 – february, 7 2021
Address: Plaza Cibeles, 1
The Botero exhibition. 60 Years of Painting allows us to explore the strong convictions and principles of the artist. The exhibition offers a new vision of Botero’s work, and refers us to a reflection on an internationally recognized style, distinguished by the exaltation of volume, the opulence of opulent forms, the explosion of color and his impeccable compositions of an exciting lyrical calm.
OPERA – UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
Premiere: Septembre 16, 2020 – october 14, 2020
Address: Plaza de Isabel II, s/n
Gustavo III and Una vendetta in Domino were the two titles given this opera for the three years it remained in the offices of the Neapolitan censors. In 1859, the title became Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball). The previous year, bombs were thrown by three Italian nationalists while Emperor Napoleon III was on the way to a performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. This certainly influenced the severity of the censors who were reluctant to allow the staging of the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, as narrated in Verdi’s libretto. The result is a musical score of contrasts which, while maintaining the immediacy of the masterpieces of the composer’s middle period, goes further by exploring dramatic and musical registers which we encounter fully developed in his later works. The production which opens the season is by Gianmaria Aliverta from the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, it maintains the North American setting chosen by Verdi’s librettist as a solution to the vicissitudes imposed by strict censorship. Yet, far from adhering to it, the action is moved forward to the era of Abraham Lincoln, thereby focussing on the racial tensions and political idealism of this convulsive period.
DANZA – BALLET DE MÚNICH
Premiere: October 22, 2020 – october 24, 2020
Address: Plaza de Isabel II, s/n
The renowned and long-established Bavarian company gives the kick off to the ballet season at the Teatro Real with Giselle, a classic which is a must for lovers of dance. This is the second time the German ensemble comes to the stage at the Plaza del Oriente. The first time, in 1999, was also with this ballet by Adolphe Adam, choreographed by nonagenarian Sir Peter Wright based on the original in 1841 by Coralli, Perrot and Petita. On this occasion the production is under the vigilant eye of Igor Zelensky, director of the company and former star of companies such as the Marinsky of St. Petersburg or the New York City Ballet. He has revived the production injecting a new spirit and colour without renouncing the classicism for which it has always been characterised.