La Mekanica - Barcelona


Name of the responsible structure: LA MEKANICA
Type of structure: non profit cultural association
Profile of the initiators of the project: artists collective
Continent : Europe
Country : Spain
Pallars, 160bis, bajos 9
08005 Barcelona
tel/fax: +34 93356 89 89

Contact :

- Rui Silveira (Artistic Director)
- Carine Bordeux (Production Manager)


LA MEKANICA is a non-profit professional cultural association, based in Barcelona, that aims to foster the development of contemporary dance and the performing arts in Spain, in an international context. Focusing on contemporary dance and the performing arts, LA MEKANICA sees it as its mission, the reinforcement of networking, international collaboration and intercultural exchange between Spain and the rest of the world.

The main activities of LA MEKANICA are engaged in the programming, support, promotion and research of contemporary dance and the performing arts, by the organization of regular showings, international meetings, research projects, artist-in residence programs, and the production of an intercultural festival in Barcelona, dedicated to contemporary dance and the performing arts. LA MEKANICA is also a new working place for artists in Barcelona : a space for the development of ideas, people and projects.

The association is based in an old industrial ship, in the heart of Barcelona’s district Sant Marti, where nowadays the association’s office and a studio for rehearsals and residencies is located.

LA MEKANICA also promotes the edition of videos and books around themes related with contemporary dance, performing arts and intercultural practices, with the aim of stimulating contemporary dance criticism and writing in Spain.

On 2004, during several visits to Ramallah (Palestine), LA MEKANICA began a project focused on contemporary dance in the occupied territories of the West Bank. This project, will be released as a video documentary on 2007 and as book on 2008.

Former use : Factory
Total surface of the site : 500m2 (togheter with Erre Que Erre Dance Studio)
Location : City
Foundation year of the centre : 2004
Type of occupation : purchase
Owner of the building : Private

Infrastructures / Facilities

Production Office,
2 Rehearsal Studios (1 with 440m2 and other with 60m2),
1 construction atelier.

Social and artistic disciplines

Contemporary Theatre : Residencies /Creation/ Production/Diffusion
Contemporary Dance : Residencies / Creation/ Production/ Difusion
Music: Creation / Production
Visual Arts: Production / Diffusion
Plastic Arts: Creation/ Production / Diffusion

Financial support

Spanish Ministry of Culture
City Council Cultural Department


APAP - Advancing Performing Arts Projects
DBM - Danse Bassin Méditerranée
IETM - Informal European Theater Mettings

Modified on Tuesday 19 September 2006