The relationship between two people in a space where they “wait in silence” for another winter to pass. At the heart of El quinto invierno (The Fifth Winter), these captive bodies wander through an intimate geography, suspended between silence and the voices that accompany them.


The Fifth Winter is a limpid choreographic poem, at once tender and powerful, constructed around the words of the Italian writer and poet Erri de Luca. Sober impressionism, purity of movement, a waltz between seriousness and joy in this new piece performed at the Biennale de la Val de Marne, in Canada, in Perpignan, at the Festival Grec de Barcelona, the Festival Temporada Alto de Girona and the Théatre de la Ville in Paris.

Mal Pelo offer us a poetic reflection on the passing of time and the limits of our own territory.

All the most characteristic elements of their work are here in this duet: their concept of the performace space, their descriptive power, their choreographic and voice work, their spatial treatment of sound and pared down lighting.

Dancer and choreographer Jordi Casanovas, who helped with the direction, and Neus Villà, rehearsal assistant, played an essential part in the creation of this piece, which also has artistic input from Vincent Dunoyer and Leo Castro, text and poetry by the Neapolitan writer Erri de Luca, a soundtrack by Fanny Thollot with the voices of Tunisian singer Alia Sellami and flamenco singer-songwriter Niño de Elche and the feet of Israel Galván. The sublety of Pep Aymerich’s set design, August Viladomat’s lighting and CarmepuigdevalliplantéS’s wardrobe combine to enhance the drama of this new Mal Pelo project.

The Fifth Winter was premiered on the 7th March 2015 at the Biennale de le Val de Marne (France)