Multitud

piece for 60 (local) performers

Multitud analyses the social condition of contemporary human beings, the notion of heterogeneity of the collective, the idea of ‘otherness’, public space, interpersonal relations and the possibility of dissent. It examines the powers that lie within the body – its ability to affect and be affected by the other. It seeks to expose what can happen in the ‘in between’ of the human bodies.

The piece sets in motion no less than sixty artists from diverse ages, cultural, and artistic backgrounds from different areas such as dance, theatre, circus and literature.
“The idea was to work at non-theatrical sites, with the notion that there is no need to be a specialist to interact with things. In this sense, the actions in the piece start from the basics: walking, running, falling, laughing, and crying. While laughter and shouting involve sound, and start with a physical action, how does the body produce the strongest possible sound and how can you be affected by the other.”

Multitud, refers to the philosophical theories of Spinoza, to his concepts about the crowd and the mass, how the encounter with ‘the other’ can be right or wrong and impact the other. “While the crowd is uncontrollable, capricious, heterogeneous and dispersed, the mass has other features related to forms of political organization of the people. Following the social crises that have haunted humanity, thinkers like Antonio Negri and Paolo Virno resume the concept of multitude as a form of social and political organization. Recent social developments in Mexico and Brazil, the crisis of political parties, have revealed a new form of social organization, which does not necessarily imply the need to belong to a particular group when solving problems.”


CREDITS

Choreography: Tamara Cubas
Light: Leticia Skrycky, Sebastian Alies
Music: Francisco Lapetina y Martin Craciun
Production: Perro Rabioso