La Phármaco

Finalist for Best Female Dancer in Premios Max 2017

El Ojo Critico Dance Award 2015

Best female dancer in Lorca Awards 2015

Winner of Injuve Award 2009

La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea
The dance I am seeking uncovers historical wounds. It resists the fallacy of truth and explores the dictates imposed by neoliberalism which, as per the worst dictatorships, has the quality of presenting itself as the only possible system, of brushing away the past and rejecting any future which does not resemble and replicate it. Neoliberalism is the perfect fiction, an impeccable application of the Aristotelian concept of verisimilitude. The dance I am seeking uncovers historical wounds and actively resists fiction and its verisimilitude.
The dance I am seeking rejects the notion of the body as housing the individual, the anecdotal, the romantic. It re-vindicates its capacity to embody a collective voice and messages that pertain to us as a species. The collective body overrides the current body and celebrates what all of them have lived, even if they are no longer with us.


The dance I am seeking belongs to folklore: it is the wildest and most profound of bodies. Independent of the fashions and the dictatorship of the present, it is capable of applying a critical physicality to history. I am uninterested in folklore as a finished product, stylised, schematic. Folklore opens like a wound in our bodies whenever we dance. It’s dynamic, it’s alive. It transforms into ourselves, it is us. 


I am not seeking a body imbued with verisimilitude, but one that is real. A body vehemently exposed to its fleetingness, which offers itself like flowers to the silence of cemeteries.



Luz Arcas
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea
La Phármaco Luz Arcas Compañía de Danza Contemporánea
Luz Arcas formed La Phármaco Company in 2009. Her prizes include: the Critics’s Eye 2015 Prize for Dance; the 2015 Lorca Best Female Dance Performance; Runner-Up for the Best Female Dance Performance at the 2015 Max Theatre Awards; the 2009 Injuve Prize; the 2009 Malaga Creates Prize.



Creative highlights include Kaspar Hauser: Europe’s Orphan (Canal Theatres, Autumn to Spring Festival, 2016) Misere. When Night Falls, They Will Covered by it (Teatros del Canal, 2017), A great political emotion (2018, Teatro Valle Inclán de Madrid, coproduced by Centro Dramático Nacional), The most beautiful sons (2018, coproduced by Víctor Ullate Ballet/ Comunidad de Madrid), Dolorosa (2019, created for The National Theatre of El Salvador).



She also explores non-theatrical spaces such as in  Chacona (2015, Centre Pompidou), Embodying what was hidden (2016, King Juan Carlos Centre, NYU), The Errancy (2018, Conde Duque, Garden State), o Room with my soul outside (2019, Museo Picasso, exposición de Bruce Nauman).



La Phármaco has carried out other kinds of artistic and pedagogical projects such as  World and language (2016, Malabo, Guinea Ecuatorial, You who have the light, en la National School of Drama de Nueva Delhi (2016).



Her repertory has toured different companies, accompanied by educational programmes in Europe, Africa, America and Asia.



Her work has received support from the Canal Dance Theatre Company; The Greater Madrid Council; the National Dance Company; the Andalusian Agency of Cultural Institutions; the National Institute of Stage Arts and Music; the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport; Madrid City Council; the General Society of Spanish Authors; the Cervantes Institute; the Spanish Agency for Development of International Co-operation.



She is currently working on her new Project, Bekristen/Christians, a trilogy whose first instalment, Domestication, audiences can see in Madrid’s Canal Theatres in November.