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Natalia Alvarez: Module B placement in Mercat de les Flors

Author: Natalia Alvarez


My placement in the Mercat was through the Project entitled Mov-s. Mov-s is a space for international exchange in the world of dance and movement arts, and celebrated its first edition in April 2007, in Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona). Mov-s aims to build bridges between the artists and dance organisations in order to establish natural ways of meeting and collaborating. It is an initiative from Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, but also occurs in other places through out Spain in an itinerant manner. Previous editions took place in Barcelona in 2007 and in Galicia in 2008, in Madrid en 2010 and Cadiz in 2012.



For four days, MOV-S 2007 provided a venue for the presentation of new works created in Spain, of projects by artists and cultural operators, and to reflect upon the subjects that most influence the normal development of our craft and international cultural cooperation.

MOV-S had an area for debate and reflection on different subjects. That year the central subject was under the title, “What kind of dance, for whom? New challenges in fostering dance”.


The proposed topic of that year around which the different activities of mov-s would revolve was, Conditions for a Choreographic Creation.

Mov-s Galicia 08 raised questions and tried to obtain some answers, in order to be able to find out which are the optimal conditions, so that the creative process starts with quality and innovation guarantees. For this reason, we would propose two round tables, and several work shops related to the debates, but more private and intimate, where experiences and opinions could be shared


In the 2010 edition the central theme of mov-s would be the spectator and there would be analysis of the elements that transform the audience into active spectators able to appreciate and value contemporary Works.

MOV-S had an extensive programme that included Round Tables, Working Groups, Projects Presentations, Artistic Proposals (Performances) and Parallel Meetings with other organisations.


MOV-S 2012 was a collaborative work process that culminated with an Ibero-American meeting for professionals, groups and organizations devoted to dance, motion arts and contemporary creativity that took place in Cadiz. MOV-S 2012 aims were to create a space for discussion that encouraged reflection on the ways to operate in the current Ibero-American context.

New step forMov-s

In 2014, the fifth edition, has seen a nomadic project of collective action which has been developed for two years in various Latin American territories. Through a series of seminars related to local festivals where the subject of the “articulation” will be dealt with.

After two months of collective work, Mov-s began with a seminar on the island of San Simon on 12 and 13 March coinciding with the festival ALT.

First placement: Galicia

During this first stay on the island of San Simón I participated in the seminar as an assistant to learn the methodology used in this new stage of the project. During the working sessions the aim was to develop a process of collective curation through the participation of artists, researchers, activists, mediators and cultural producers. It was intended to expand individual potential and generate new projects; to think to together about the interconnection of contexts, communities, institutions, infrastructure, technologies and media.

Second placement: Bilbao

My placement in Euskadi was in Bilbao city from 26th to 31th of May, coinciding with the Festival Nuevas Formas Escénicas 3, 2, 1, in the Alhondiga de Bilbao.

My work was attend the guests and prepare a workshop.

First I worked with the local team to prepare a protocol which addressed the issue of visibility.

It was a workshop which aimed to offer two days to reflect on the internationalisation of the sector of living arts in our country at the present time and what may be the collaborative ways of working among the different actors of the sector.

For this purpose we developed 5 models of existing platforms on which the participants worked on the first day in five groups comprised of 35 people in total; in which there were institutions, managers and artists.

The second day I worked on development, also in groups, of possible models of platforms. The last day we set out the conclusions of our deliberations to the rest of the groups.

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