CRA’P Workshops 2022

9-10 April from 9:30h to 14:30h

Masks can be used to both hide and reveal identity. They can acquire an iconic identity and be used to reduce differences, making possible the assimilation of individuals into a group identity.

This workshop proposes to compose and articulate the creativity of the body confronted with the mask.
It is conceived as a laboratory in which to explore the internalization of the mask and its external reflection, to highlight the diversity and plurality of its forms and expressions.

The main objective of the workshop is to delve into the materiality of the body in order to reveal an energy fed from within. In this transit, the body is transformed, and the energy materializes through the codification of the movement whose expression enhances meanings and images, which in turn are formalized in techniques within very diverse cultural and social frameworks and contexts.

It could also be said that whoever is in a scenic space, in a space of representation, writes with the body. And yet, no type of content can be expressed without a form. It is a constant coming and going between what exists in the depths of the interior, the most ignored, and its projection, its exteriorization.

The mask feeds on this constant dialogue between internalization and externalization.

Workshop aimed at Performing Arts practitioners.






Photo: Giancarlo Rovledo

Led by Toni Cots

80€ (65€ CRA’P collaborators and associated members, members of the APDC, AADPC, AGT and graduates from the Theatre Institute of Barcelona).

Registration: / 666 763 504

At CRA’P space


Toni Cots. Actor, dramaturge, director and professor of Performing Arts. Bachelor degree of interpretation at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona.

He studies contemporary dance in Barcelona, London and Oslo, and later explores other types of body disciplines in different countries of Asia: in India, the ‘Kalaripayattu’ (martial art); in Bali, the Pentjak Silat (martial art) and the Topeng with classical theatre masks; and in Japan the Nihon Buyo (Japanese classical dance).

Between 1975 and 1985 he is an actor and member of Odin Teatret, Denmark and I.S.T.A. (International School of Theatrical Anthropology), under the direction of Eugenio Barba.

As a maker, dramaturge and director, he starts in 1984 BASHO – Contemporary Performing Arts, a project of creation and production in the field of Performing Arts, with tours in Denmark, France, Italy, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, etc.

Between 1997 and 2000 he started and directed ‘Borderland’ in Copenhagen, a project of creation and research with artists, and cultural and social agents from different artistic disciplines and countries of origin. The objective was to place exile and contemporary memory in public spaces of representation.

Between 2007 and 2010 co-funds and directs the Master in Contemporary Arts Practice & Dissemination (MACAPD) of 120 ECTS and 2 years of duration located at L’animal a l’esquena, Girona, in collaboration with the University of Girona and other academic and cultural institutions from Europe: Dartington College of Arts, UK and Maska, Slovenia.

Between 1997 and 2018 he is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Performance Research (Routledge).

Since 2011 he is co-founder and member of the collective CRA’P – Practices of creation and artistic research – which manages its own space of body based practices from contemporary performing arts projects in Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona).

From June 2007 and up to date, works with Esther Freixa in the creation and dramaturgy of Medea (a la carte), a performance creation with more than 130 presentations in private homes, galleries, festivals and workspaces in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Lebanon, Italy and Germany. Also has been working with Esther Freixa i Ràfols, from 2013 onwards, 30 years – a poetic act of resistance, based on the writings and poetics of Ingeborg Bachmann, with presentations of the process and creation in Mexico, Italy and Spain.

His artistic work has been developed and / or presented in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Japan, Indonesia, India, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, among other countries.



Photos: Alba Montañez

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