Spanish Federation of Dance Companies Network

ARTIFICIOS Y LEOPARDOS is a piece conceived as a stage experience where the public is an active part of the action. With a hybrid language, halfway between theater and dance, the work is inspired by the essay “The Myth of Sisyphus” written by Albert Camus and by Nietzsche’s concept of the eternal return. Through an iterative device, a woman canalizes a collective experiment about freedom.

A woman, curtailed by the absurdity of Camus’ Sisyphus, lives trapped in the quagmire of a cyclical experience. She roams around listlessly, like a female leopard in a solitary cage, denying creeds and flock mentality. Almost incapable of finding the strength to support her own weight, and conscious of her vulnerability, she follows the tracks from her own failure to the vital impulse that enables her to live in the margin of the embellished and fictitious beliefs that set in motion the social mechanisms. She searches for the complicity of the audience in a collective reflexion, and asks herself if we want or can find freedom in the dance to which Nietzsche so often referred.


-Research and creation residency A GATAS, promoted by Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Teatro de la Abadía and RESAD (Royal Superior School of Dramatic Arts/ Madrid)

– Aid for Choreographic Production 2019 from the Comunidad de Madrid

-Technical residency at Centro Cultural Paco Rabal (Madrid)

-Artistic residency at Centro de Danza Canal (Madrid)

-Dance creation grant from Alcaldía de Medellín (Colombia)

-Creation residency at Pequeño Teatro de Medellín y Casa de la Música (Colombia)

Credits and datasheet
Premiered: 13/11/2019 / Available

Direction, texts, choreography and performance
Mercedes Pedroche

Stage concept
Felipe Caicedo and Mercedes Pedroche

Assistant direction
Martina Novakova

External view
Pablo Messiez

Lighting design and technical director
Pablo Rodríguez Seoane

Sound space designer
Borja Ramos

Original music
Borja Ramos and Vidal

Set design and costume
Mercedes Pedroche

Ciro Pérez and Gabriel Ortiz

Eva Viera

Production assistant
Mariano Repollés

• Length: 90 minutes (aprox.)
• Genre: Contemporary Lenguage: Spanish
• Number of performers: 1
• All public
• Theaters and non-conventional spaces