dance, puppet, visual poetry


Fani Benages
+ 34 654 925 551

Filar is a piece of contemporary dance and visual poetry that speaks about the power of the relationship between bodies and objects, a relationship that develops from the distance of threads. How to feel the other body, that of a puppet, in this distance?

The story of Filar is that of a world that is built every day and, suddenly, falls apart. So when there is a crisis, how can we build community again and feel like we live in a web of threads and relationships?

The threads create an invisible connection between everything that happens, the threads unite us with our families, friends, or the people with whom we share paths. The threads maintain the connection in the distance.


PREMIERE: January 16, 2022 at LASALA Miguel Hernández de Sabadell (Barcelona)

  • Choreography and performance Antonella D’Ascenzi
  • Dance advice and live mapping Toni MIra
  • Puppet and object manipulation advice Damiano Privitera
  • Light Design Elena Piscitilli 
  • Costume design Cristina Robledillo
  • Video animation and projection design Guillem Muñoz
  • Music Adrián Berenguer.
    Realization of objects and puppets Antonella D’Ascenzi
    Photos Carles Decors, Hélio Mendes
  • Recording of the piece Julian Waisbord
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[...] Filar is a show that literally flies towards a universe of videographic signs and bodies that are sought, to highlight lasting and inseparable links through real and imaginary threads dominated by a puppet". [...]
Diari de Sabadell
Diari de SabadellAleix Mata Paris
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The choreographer Antonella D'Ascenzi had a vision during the reflection of the first months of the pandemic. While she was on her roof, “the people, the birds, the antennas of the houses, were building threads.” When she stuck her head out of the balcony and looked at the street, “people created a choreography to maintain interpersonal distance.” [...] Filar is the materialization of this idea, a mix of contemporary dance and visual poetry. An opportunity where the interpreter uses the threads that bind her to a puppet to find what unites things, people and emotions. "If union exists, it is because distance precedes it, and this is the double-cutting weapon of love," she adds... [...] In short, a family play that its author wants to connect with the experiences that parents and children shared during confinement. “Filar's story is simple, I'm just trying to build a swing for my daughter, even so, it gets destroyed.”[...]
Teatroteatro.itRoberto Canavesi
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[...] white balloons, a puppet with very human features and many geometric paths drawn in the background, or even simply sketched in the air, for the story of imaginary flights in a perennial balance between reality and fantasy. The strings of the puppet but also the invisible ones of light and space define a pattern of relations between the *performer's body and the bare space, a scenographic context with which D' Ascenzi manages to interact.
  • Winning project of the #SOSCultura scholarship from the Carulla Foundation
  • From the Agita Scholarship of the Figueres City Council
  • from the OSIC Research and Innovation Grant – Generalitat de Catalunya
  • of the TTP creation grant – Theater Association for all audiences
  • Project selected for the «Progetto CANTIERE» of the Incanti di Torino Festival (Italy)

Research residency at the International Puppet Institute of Charleville-Mézièrs (France)

LaSala Miguel Hernandez of Sabadell (Catalonia)

Can Gassol, artistic residency center in Mataró (Catalonia)

Sala Melmac of the Mar Gómez Company in Barcelona

CLAPS Circuit, Brescia Italy

We thank you for your interest in the project.