Catalina  doesn’t go to party: she is a party herself. Before going out, she tries on her four pairs of ripped tights to see which looks best and in the morning she discovers her bruised cheekbone, stitched-up bite marks, sore calf muscles and that she’s lost her voice. Catalina explodes and by giving out kisses, both good and bad, she manages to make others explode. Given the option of “I am Madame Bovary”, which she feels disgusted by, Catalina declares “La rumba soy yo”, as Andrés Calcedo did in his magnum opus ¡Que viva la música!, in which we were shown how to suck our hair just as Lectura Fácil by our colleague Cristina Morales (Herralde Prize 2018) showed us how to hit our hips against furniture. Catalina sins of dance and literature, but she atones for her culture with her brazen attitude.

Foto: Laura Rubiot

Fernando Gandasegui's interview with Iniciativa Sexual Fmenina

“…With one of the most intense entrances on the scene in recent years, with trash music as a backdrop; and all tickets sold out for all four performances. Let's think about it! The Antic is full of audience, from down to up. Effectively, there is an audience: and the audience wants more. ” 

Catalina appeals to sexual joy as an emancipatory tool whenever she tries to break the taboos that not even feminism has dared to fight. The success and attractiveness of the Initiatives proposal is to realize that we are all bodies, and that it is absurd to separate our actions from our desires. Catalina is a radical show because it goes to the root understood as a “starting over” from a feminine and feminist perspective in which women take the initiative and are not a passive, against assuptions. ”

“During the show one has the feeling that this feminine, beastly, pre-school and anti-sexual sexual initiative, which was born in the self-managed social center Can Vies, has been learning all these time about these intense and dissident modes of pleasure - accompanied by their necessary pains, and that there is no turning back. Once an elbow and a table leg have excited you, it is highly likely that it will continue to do so.”


Picture: Joan Manrique

Creation and performing: Iniciativa Sexual Femenina (Elisa Keisanen, Cristina Morales and Élise Moreau).
Light design: Marc Augustin-Viguier.
Texts: Cristina Morales and Iniciativa Sexual Femenina.
Music: Red Aunts (Live in the UK); Siniestro Total (Al fondo a la derecha, Bestialismo Preescolar); La UVI (Ley y Orden); La Badana (Romance de la Gallarda, Verdigallo, Fandango do Ratinho, Vira de seis); Extremoduro (Extremaydura); Joose Keskitalo (Muuttopäivä) and Iniciativa Sexual Femenina (Catalina y Broken Nipples).
Clothing: Iniciativa Sexual Femenina.
Music management: Élise Moreau and Elisa Keisanen.
Light and sound technicians: Marc Augustin-Viguier and Andrea Forlanza.
Catering: Esposos Bachini, food for artists.
Picture: Joan Manrique.
Thanks to: Maider Lasa Santamaría, Laura Rubiot, Belén Agurto, Valentina Forconi and Alexa Moya Panksep.

Coproduction: Antic Teatre, La Caldera de Les Corts y Festival Sâlmon.
With the support: Centro Social Autogestionado Can Vies, La Poderosa, Konvent Zero and Graner.

Picture: Alessia Bombaci