The "la Caixa" Foundation presents at CaixaForum Madrid the special programme it has selected for the Christmas holidays. Coinciding with the school holidays, the cultural centre has prepared a wide range of activities for the whole family, including a performing arts show, special screenings for children aged 3 and over and guided tours to show the most emblematic exhibitions.
The special Christmas programme includes Barrocomatik, a wordless theatre show that combines gestural theatre, clowning, puppetry and visual poetry to offer visitors a journey through Baroque music. The bassoon, oboe, theorbo and violin will enter the stage to tell the story of a character who has created a universe of automatons to hide his emotions.
The cultural centre will also host special screenings as part of the Little Moviegoers series on 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 December and 31 December. Children and their families will be able to enjoy the session The snail and the whale and other tales of the sea, which brings together various audiovisual adventures whose common link is the sea and characters who face unique situations.
The session Lost and Found will also be screened, which tells a magical tale about friendship and loneliness, and the importance of having someone to look after us. Both sessions include different short films and are part of the cycle that this year has been dedicated to animated films that have a close relationship with popular British literature of the 20th century.
From 17 December to 8 January families can enjoy guided tours of one of CaixaForum Madrid's emblematic exhibitions, Expanded Visions. Photography and experimentation. Likewise, it will be possible to visit the exhibition that reviews the evolution of technology in Nikola Tesla, the genius of modern electricity.
With this programme, which characterises CaixaForum Madrid as a cultural centre, the "la Caixa" Foundation aims to ensure that children and their families can enjoy quality shows while making the most of the Christmas school holidays.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME 2022-2023
With a restless spirit and a desire to discover the world, a little snail embarks on a journey on the tail of a humpback whale. But one day, the whale loses its way and ends up stuck in an isolated bay. How will the little snail manage to rescue it? From the producers of the films El Grúfalo, Zog and La rata pirata, comes this new adventure, accompanied by three short films also touched by the power of the sea.
Total running time: 57 min
Recommended age: 3 years and up
Times: Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 December, at 5.30 p.m.
The Snail and the Whale, Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon, UK, 2019, 26'.
Discover the power of the sea through the journey of an adventurous snail on the tail of a great humpback whale. A beautiful story of an unlikely friendship that will take us through the most surprising and magical places of the underwater world.
The leaf, Aliona Baranova, Czech Republic, 2020, 5'40'', no dialogue.
A sailor receives a beautiful autumn leaf from a little girl who reminds him of home. How long has he been travelling? What will he find when he returns?
To the water, Barbora Valecká, Filipo Pošivac, Czech Republic, 2019, 12'02'', no dialogues
Chameleon and Kiwi are a very odd couple: the first one attracts attention with his changing colours and the other one runs away from the spotlight. But when a big storm approaches, there is no room for differences and they have to help each other to reach the boat waiting for them on the coast.
The miraculous catch, Fabrice Luang-Vija, France, 2019, 6'45'', no dialogues
On a calm sea, a man fishes in his boat and with his cat. The first catch of the day is a sardine, but the objects that follow are increasingly absurd and surprising.
LOST AND FOUND → Thursday 29 - Saturday 31 December 2022
One day a boy finds a penguin on his doorstep. Although at first he doesn't quite know what to do, in the end he decides it's best to help him find his way back home. A magical tale about friendship and loneliness, accompanied by five other stories about the importance of having someone close to look after us.
Length of programme: 50 min
Recommended age: 3 years and upwards
Times: Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December, at 5.30pm. Saturday 31 December, at 11.30 a.m.
Lost and Found, Philip Hunt, UK, 2009, 24' This is the story of a little boy who one day finds a penguin in his house and decides to help him find his way back to the South Pole.
Good Heart, Evgeniya Jirkova, Russia, 2018, 5', no dialogue.
The everyday life of a prehistoric family is disrupted by the arrival of several animals seeking to hide under their roof.
The Cloud and the Whale, Alyona Tomilova, Russia, 2016, 3'34'', no dialogues
How can a small cloud help a big whale? Let's find out!
Mr. Piggy Hill, Jamy Wheless, John Helms, USA, 2018, 5'54'', no dialogue.
Mr. Piggy lives alone and quiet, until one day a new neighbour appears: a free-spirited and energetic duck who will shake up the stability, but teach him the value of friendship.
Lucky Ticket, Svetlana Andrianova, Russia, 2018, 4'11'', no dialogues
The city is full of cars and hurried people who don't care about a lost dog. Luckily the little dog will find a kind soul among the general indifference.
The little boat that wanted to fly, Ekaterina Filippova, Russia, 2020, 6'51'', no dialogue.
In a very special factory by the sea, little boats and planes are born, and once in the nursery, they are taught what their functions are. But one of them refuses to learn how to be a good ship, because what he really wants is to fly.
BARROCOMATIK SHOWS → From Monday 2 to Thursday 5 January 2023
Barrocomatik is the story of a character who will show us his universe wrapped in automatons that he himself has created, so as not to have to face the emotions that appear in front of relationships with other people. The rebellion of the machines will lead him on an emotional journey that will culminate in his liberation. Barrocomatik is born with the desire to bring early music to a family audience, offering a show of theatre without words that mixes clown, gestural theatre, puppets and visual poetry, with four live baroque musicians: bassoon, oboe, theorbo and violin.
Show recommended for ages 4 and up.
Duration: 50 min
Timetables: 2, 3 and 4 January, 5.30-6.30 p.m. 5 January, 12-1 p.m.
Original idea: Claudio Levati, Cristina Aguirre, Nora Hansen
Playwright: Claudio Levati, Cristina Aguirre
Scene accompaniment: Enric Ases
Direction of actors: Anna Ros
Performers: Claudio Levati and Cristina Aguirre
Musicians: Nora Hansen: bassoon and flute Nele Vertommen / Katy Elkin: oboe and flute Christoph Sommer / Edwin García: theorbo and guitar Ángela Moro / Daniel Deuter: violín
Lighting: Ricard Pons
Costumes: Lluna Albert
Puppets and model: Mina Trapp
Set design: Emanuele Fiandri
Hairdressing musicians: SIENTA LA CABEZA
Photography: Xavi Padrós
Video: Patrick Mübiggang
Production: KUNE TEATRE
Collaborators: FONDS DARSTELLENDE KÜNSTE # Take Action / Neu Start Kultur Ajuntament d'Alella & Espai Escènic Casal d'Alella Generalitat de Catalunya, ICEC Institut Català de les Empreses Cultural.
GUIDED VISITS TO EXHIBITIONS
NIKOLA TESLA, THE GENIUS OF MODERN ELECTRICITY COMMENTATED VISIT → From Saturday 17 December 2022 to Monday 8 January 2023
Nikola Tesla was the forerunner of modern technology, and pioneered branches of science and technology that would take decades to be taken into consideration, such as robotics, alternative energies, avionics and interplanetary communications.
Timetables: see timetables on website
EXPANDED VISIONS COMMENTARY TOUR → Saturday 17 December 2022 to 8 January 2023
Since its origins, photography has undergone numerous and constant chemical and technical developments. This exhibition brings together more than 200 works by artists who have taken experimental photography to new creative horizons.
Opening times: check opening times on the website