Sismògraf gets La Garrotxa dancing, with thirty shows and activities taking place during the month of April
Sismògraf gets La Garrotxa dancing, with thirty shows and activities taking place during the month of April


  • The 13th edition of Catalonia’s primary strategic dance festival is set to take place between 8 and 30 April, adapting to current times, marking a return to live performance, promoting artist-audience interaction and providing support to the local cultural initiative


Sismògraf, selected as the Catalan Ministry of Culture’s strategic dance festival, is, for the 13th year, once again set to turn Olot into the region’s epicentre of dance, with a programme of events that will run from 8 to 30 April 2021. The bill includes a total of 36 shows to be staged in Olot and another twelve creative hubs throughout the local area, as well as a range of other unique activities, such as art installations, conferences, book presentations and exhibitions.

This is a festival adapted to current times, without large crowds and featuring acts from local and national companies, as well as performances from three international productions.

Sismògraf will open with the screening of Brots Transhumants (Transhumanist Shoots), an audiovisual production that documents the six-day artistic trek made by the dancer Magí Serra and musician Arnau Obiols from Queralt to Manresa, which will be accompanied by a live performance and conversation between the artists themselves and Carme Pigem from RCR Arquitectes.

As announced in February, the 2021 the festival marks a return to live performance with the implementation of all the appropriate health and safety measures demanded by the current health situation: performances held with small audiences in adapted spaces, with the majority taking place outdoors. The timeframe of Sismògraf 2021 will also be extended, with events taking place over a four-day period rather than the usual long weekend, with a more diffused programme of events, both in terms of time and space, staged in the town of Olot and other hubs across the region.

Creative universe dedicated to Joan Català

The creative universe is a new concept for this year in which specific artists present a diverse series of proposals that extend beyond a single show. The creative universe for 2021 will be dedicated to the Barcelona artist Joan Català and is entitled Les càbales d’en Joan (Joan’s Conjectures).

Audiences will be able to see a version of his large format show, 5.100 m/s, which originally premiered at the Mercat de les Flors and which, using iron as a raw material, seeks to evoke craftmanship; Pelat, a dance solo that combines dance, theatre and circus in what becomes a review of artisan techniques and personal memories; Solo escènic (Stage solo), a performance-based action that forms part of a joint collaboration with other artists and which, on this occasion, will feature Quim Bigas; and the Instal·lació activa al voltant de la metal·listeria (Active installation around metalwork), related to metal craftsmanship developed in collaboration with contemporary circus artist and creator, Aurora Caja.

Expansive wave: twelve hubs around Olot

With the aim of reaching a larger number of people in the region and reducing the need to travel and in order to support the local initiative, Sismògraf is, this year, launching its Expansive Wave Hubs project, which seeks to bring the festival to other towns and create synergies with other local agents and cultural projects in the La Garrotxa area. The aim is to work on collective dance and movement projects, while being mindful of issues such as the landscape, sustainability and social responsibility. Each hub will be represented in the festival events programme and host performances from this year’s line-up in order to extend dance and movement throughout the local area.

Professional seminar

The programme for this year includes a range of activities in a variety of formats, organised with the continued support and collaboration of the ICEC’s internationalization brand, Catalan Arts.

  • Online: Among other actions, the festival will host the launch of the Big Pulse Dance Alliance on 8 April, a European project involving 12 leading European dance festivals, such as Julidans, Tanz im August and Dance Umbrella, as well as Sismògraf.
  • Documentary: A review of all the acts featured as part of the Sismògraf 2021 programme will be available on the festival website and the Pro Area playlist.
  • Live events: In the hope that travel for work will be easier and safer for everyone by April, the festival hopes that any professionals wishing to attend the festival in person will be able to do so.


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