April 8-11, 2021


The Watching Machine

premiere catalonia
Thursday, April 8th at 8 pm
Friday, April 9th at 8 pm
Saturday, April 10th at 8 pm
Sunday, April 11th at 8 pm
Duration: 45 min
Tickets: 12 euros ONLINE // 15 euros BOX OFFICE

Please be aware that if you think you may be returning home between 10 and 11pm at night, you need to be in possession of an own-responsibility certificate before coming to Antic Teatre. You can obtain one through the following link: https://certificatdes.confinapp.cat/#/

This show uses smoke on stage. If you are sensitive to it and have already purchased the ticket, contact us via taquilla@anticteatre.com

Original idea: Macarena Recuerda

Creation: Macarena Recuerda and Miriam Ubanet

Music: Elliot S, Nieves Arilla, Roger Puig, Nico Roig and Román Gil

With the collaboration of: Ana da Graça and Jorge Dutor

Thanks to: Conchita Pons and Enara Aranbide.

Produced by the Basque Government, Festival BAD, Antic Teatre, El Graner, La Fundición de Bilbao, Harrobia and Azkuna Zentroa.



The watching machine was the name given to the 19th century objects that created illusions by means of mirrors and shutters. Small boxes that contained simple mechanisms but produced magical results.

In the piece The Watching Machine, the ‘machine’ is the stage itself. Here, we play with light, shadows and reflections to experience what is illusion, what is representation and what is convention. A piece composed of small installations where light and shadows are fictionalised through optical illusions.

Macarena Remember Shepherd is the pseudonym of the artist Lidia Zoilo. This is her work to date: 

2010: Thatʼs the story of my life, a film made live. A production of MiCarteraPatrocina, with the help of CoNCA and the collaboration of BilbaoArte, Teatre Lliure and Antic Teatre, a piece that has been showed Spanish State and Portugal. 

2012: Greenwich Art Show, a documentary made live. A production of MiCarteraPatrocina, Festival NEO, CAET and Antic Teatre. And Greenwich Art Show – The Installation, Atrio Alhóndiga de Bilbao Grant. 

2013: Whose are those eyes?, site specific and urban intervention that was premiered at Fira de Tàrrega 2013, Escena Poblenou 2013 and Festival Bad 2013. She received the Fira de Tàrrega Laboratory Grant, the residence offered jointly by Escena Poblenou and Antic Teatre; and the Bilbao Eszena residence.

2015: The Ganzfeld Experiment. HPC consonni (Bilbao). 

2016: Collage y Acción, research laboratory. This is an intergenerational laboratory that aims to create a common space both for fun and for artistic research. Conferences of Encuentros Collage, a space for the art and thought of collage in film, literature, music, art and action. A meeting to know, exchange and proliferate in a common space-time. 

2018: ¡AY! ¡YA!, a performance dance piece for all audiences, produced by Antic Teatre, Festival Grec, Basque Government, Festival Bad, Graner, Sala Baratza and La Fundición Bilbao. 2020: The Watching Machine is a visual and staged piece, produced by Festival Bad, Antic Teatre, Basque Government, Graner, Harrobia and Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao).

She is currently working on an arts and education project about the art of light using the materials in this piece.

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