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Welcome to the Barbican and thank you for joining us for our new season. To mark the start of a new year, we look back and also celebrate new beginnings. 

For over twenty years, we have presented breathtaking and extraordinary shows in collaboration with the ground-breaking London International Mime Festival. The festival has now ended but we’re delighted to be working again with Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, the festival’s directors, as they find new ways for us to connect audiences with companies across the world who specialise in visual storytelling. We are delighted to present four exciting international productions in The Pit between 23 January and 17 February, as part of MimeLondon (the new season in which Helen and Joseph will curate an enticing programme in collaboration with several partner venues).

This year, we welcome back two French companies. Les Antliaclastes’ Ambergris is a darkly comic adaptation of Pinocchio set in the belly of a whale and told through a mesmerising blend of puppetry, music and machines. Next, the delightful duo Stereoptik return with a new mini-spectacle, Antechamber, a transformative love story created live on stage through sketching, painting, music and film. 

This is followed by two companies making their Barbican debuts this year. From Spain, El Patio Teatro use hand-crafted anatomical objects to unravel the mysteries of what makes us human, in Entrañas (or, as we might say, Insides!) Finally, award-winning experimental American theatre-makers Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt invite us into a world of wonder with This & That, a playground of live performance mixing abstract video projection, music and enchanting hand shadow puppetry. 

We hope you enjoy your visit, whether you are choosing just one show or coming back for more than one of these intricate and spellbinding contemporary performances.

Toni Racklin, Barbican Head of Theatre & Dance


Entrañas (Insides) was born out of the need to provide poetic and simple answers to complex questions about the human body. 

Almost unintentionally, we have translated that whole universe into intimate and personal experiences of our own life and our relationship with our bodies and that of our loved ones.

The more we discovered about our bodies, the more questions we asked ourselves, and the more scientific language seemed beautiful to us. The plastic universe of medicine and anatomy became more attractive to us. We have tried to transfer it to the stage through objects, music and images.

Izaskun Fernández and Julián Sáenz-López

Creative team

Izaskun Fernández and Julián Sáenz-López

Creative team
Creators and Directors Izaskun Fernández and Julián Sáenz-López
Script and Dramaturgs Izaskun Fernández and Julián Sáenz-López
Lighting and Set Designer El Patio Teatro
Costume Designer Martín Nalda
Composer Nacho Ugarte
Lighting and Sound Engineer Diego Solloa
Photographer Clara Larrea
Graphic Designer Diego Solloa

Producer Ana Sala for Ikebanah Artes Escénicas 
With thanks to Alejandro López, David Azpurgua, Jorge Padín and Momo Enciso
Images by Clara Larrea Quemada.

Presented by the Barbican in association with MimeLondon.
This project is supported in part by a grant from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), a state agency.

This & That performance image of shadow play

In-conversation events

Post-show talk, Thu 8 Feb
Hosted by Eva Martinez and BSL-interpreted by Anna Kitson. 
Free to same-day ticket holders.

Members event: Puppets in Theatre – Bringing New Life to the Stage, Tue 13 Feb
Discover more about the imaginative art of puppetry at this MimeLondon in-conversation event with Basil Twist and Phelim McDermott, facilitated by Cheryl Henson. 
Free for Members

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Lessons in Anatomy

Entrails: each of the organs contained in the main cavities of the human body, the most intimate or essential part of a thing or subject.

The human body is a fascinating and beautiful enigma. Knowledge of the body and the scientific language to describe it provide inexhaustible sources of poetic material to bring to the stage. For a long time, we dreamed of staging our own anatomy class, putting the body on the table and translating science into a theatre of objects, touching the universal themes that move us: life, love and death.

In late 2019 we started to think about our next production. We wanted to talk about love and the connection of feelings with organs, and how emotions could reflect on our bodies.

The pandemic arrived in early 2020. There was a strong sense of fragility from realising that our bodies were easily extinguishable or punished by an invisible virus. This pushed us to explore more about the body and its most essential parts. We spent a lot of time researching and reading old books on anatomy and found that the scientific language had a lot of poetry to it. Once we were able to travel again, we continued working on our theme while driving and touring through Spain and Europe. Many things and changes had happened around us. We realised we needed to talk more about two aspects of mankind: the physical body and the inner life. 

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Izaskun Fernández
Performer, Creator and Director
Izaskun Fernández has a degree in Artistic Pottery from the Superior School of Arts and Design in La Rioja. Her theatre career began in 2004, performing in several styles and genres. She has twice won the Best Actress award at the Young Theatre Festival in La Rioja, Spain. In 2010 she created El Patio Teatro with Julián Sáenz-López, and in the same year they premiered their first show, A Mano (By Hand) in which theatre, puppetry and modelling came together. The show was widely awarded and acclaimed by critics and audiences and has been touring in Spain and internationally continuously since then. Subsequent works by the company include Hubo (Once) in 2018, Conservando Memoria (Preserving Memories) in 2019, and Entrañas (Insides) in 2023 Entrañas (Insides) in 2023 and Feriantes in 2024.

Julián Sáenz-López 
Performer, Creator and Director
Julián Sáenz-López developed as an artist and trained in theatre in Logroño, La Rioja, studying acting, technical set up, lighting, audio, and theatre direction. Since 2005 he has worked for several Spanish theatre companies as an actor and technician, and has received a number of prizes at theatre festivals in Spain. In 2010 he created El Patio Teatro with Izaskun Fernández, and in the same year they premiered their first show, A Mano (By Hand) in which theatre, puppetry and modelling came together. The show was widely awarded and acclaimed by critics and audiences and has been touring in Spain and internationally continuously since then. Subsequent works by the company include Hubo (Once) in 2018, Conservando Memoria (Preserving Memories) in 2019, Entrañas (Insides) in 2023 and Feriantes in 2024.

Nacho Ugarte
Nacho Ugarte began as a self-taught musician and then trained in Modern Music at the ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña). He continued his studies at L’AULA de Música Moderna y Jazz del Liceo de Barcelona, EMMB Escuela de Música Moderna de Badalona and Taller de Música Moderna de Logroño, as well as later in composition, arrangements, orchestration, music production and sound design. While living in Havana, he received training in Cuban and Caribbean music, as well as Latin music and MPB with the Brazilian guitarist, composer and singer Euclydes Mattos. He has worked regularly with companies such as Ultramarinos de Lucas, El Patio Teatro, El Perro Azul, Centro Dramático Nacional, Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, Sapo Producciones, Diegopergo Films, Tiramisú Producciones, MedioBitter and with directors and playwrights such as Jorge Padín, Pepe Viyuela, Diego Pérez González, Ángela Palacios, Elvira Valgañón, Nuria Rubió and Martín Nalda, among others. Other appearances include solo performances and as a member of groups including InventaRio, Joglares del Sitio, Mirando al Sur, Mulata Groove, Edu y Las Roblegordo, Porka’s Band, EMB Son, and The Coris, and alongside musicians such as Xavi Lozano, Aleix Tobías, Martí Serra, Guillem Aguilar, Paco Manzanares, Marc Vila, Roqui Albero, Jaime Basulto, David González, Pablo Martín, Elena Aranoa, Iván Boraita, Esperanza Madorrán and Elisa Tobalina. Nacho Ugarte performs on guitar, piano, guitar-bass and bass, and occasionally percussion, bouzouki or Cuban tres.

About El Patio Teatro

El Patio Teatro was established in Logroño in northern Spain in 2010 by Izaskun Fernández and Julián Sáenz-López. The company was founded upon their need to share stories from everyday life with audiences and to create their own language to tell those stories on stage.

Since then, the company has created five shows based on puppetry and theatre of objects: A Mano (By Hand, 2012), Hubo (Once, 2018), Conservando Memoria (Preserving Memories, 2019), Entrañas (Insides, 2023) and Feriantes (2024), which have been awarded nationally and internationally.

Since 2012, El Patio has performed at key festivals and venues in Spain and across Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Africa. Recently, they have been honoured with the national radio and TV broadcaster RNE’s Premio de Teatro Ojo Crítico de RNE 2021 (Critical Eye Theatre Award 2021).

Awards for Entrañas (2023)
Best Scenography (Fira de Titelles de Lleida, 2023)

Awards for Conservando Memoria (2019)
Best Script/Authorship (FETEN Festival, Spain, 2020)
Best Show (Festival Territorio Violeta, 2019)
Best Show by the Autonomies Jury (Fira de Titelles de Lleida, 2019)
Best Dramaturgy (Fira de Titelles de Lleida, 2019)

Awards for Hubo (2018)
Best Puppets Show (FETEN Festival, Spain, 2019)

Awards for A Mano (2012)
Award For Exceptional And Refined Mastery In Puppetry (ImPuls Festival, Romania, 2015)|
Best Show KUSS Theaterfestival, Marburg, Germany 2015)
Best Interpretation (Festival Valise, Poland, 2014)
Best Show by the Autonomies Jury (Fira de Titelles de Lleida, 2013)
Best Small Format Show (FETEN Festival, Spain, 2013)
Best Show by the Audience Jury (Festival Encinart, Spain, 2012)


MimeLondon is a new curatorial project created by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, directors of London International Mime Festival (LIMF), which ended in 2023 after five decades of award-winning success. MimeLondon will support occasional seasons of contemporary visual theatre, in collaboration with different partner venues. 

For its first series in London, which runs from 12 January to 17 February 2024, the Barbican, the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Shoreditch Town Hall are hosting eight productions new to London, the work of four overseas groups, and four UK-based companies co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival in its final year. A series of workshops organised in association with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Shoreditch Town Hall is taking place during the same period.

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