Joan Català


The presentation of the performance at ConTempo Festival is supported by Institut Ramon Llull
Recommended audience age 6+
Duration: 45 min

“Idiòfona” is an attempt to make light of toughness, to find harmony amidst noise, and to build a common vibration. Above all, it is an ode to the pleasure of shared experience. 

“Idiòfona” is a conversation between man and material, during which an extensive sound installation is built in a public space with the participation of the audience. 

Those of you who are not musicians or students of the subject may not know what an idiophone is. This word lends the present show its name, and refers to instruments which produce sound through the vibration of instrument itself, without the use of strings. 

Taking this concept as a starting point, and with the aim of bringing together notions of community, material and space, Joan Català offers a show which invites spectators chosen at random to lend a helping hand. 

“Idiòfona” is a metallic-poetic odyssey of a destiny cast in iron, of a born explorer fleeing from the path imposed on them. “Idiòfona” tells of their betrayal of tradition in order to forge another, their own. 

For Joan Català, the stage is a space in which human object and environment interact, and work and play come together through craft, ideas and experiences. With a lifelong passion for sport, he has specialized in fine arts, the circus, contemporary dance and physical theatre. Since 2005, he has worked in different theatres and at festivals around the world with the companies Daraomai, Circus Klezmer, Los 2Play and Cia. Mudances-Àngels Margarit. In 2012, he began developing his particular vision of performing arts designed for the street and urban environments with the show “Pelat”, which is still being performed around the world in 2023. In 2016, he premiered “Menar”, a two-person show with Roser Tutusaus. In 2021, he premiered “5,1000 m/s”. He has served as an artistic advisor to various companies, focused particularly on the arts of movement.

  • Director, staging and performer
    Joan Català
  • Dramaturgical advice
    David Climent
  • Scenography
    Joan Català
  • Sound design
    Joan Cot
  • Costume design
    Belén Eleonori, Joan Català
  • Thanks to
    Iván Tamosevic, Matteo Frau, Rubén Martínez, Claudio Stellato, Quim Bigas, Belén Eleonori
  • Supported by
    Circuswerkplaats-Theater op de Markt, Fira Tàrrega, El Canal-Salt, ICEC-Generalitat de Catalunya, Escena Poblenou, Ateliers Frappaz, L‘Usine Scène Nationale
  • Collaborators
    l‘Animala l'esquena, Artesorio 147, Cultura Mataró-Can Gassol, Ajuntament de Cardedeu, Convent de les Arts-Alcover, La Peixera Cardedeu
  • Production managers
    Agnès Forn, Ute Classen
  • Year of premiere

Festival tickets are available at 

Ticket price – 20,33 Eur

Pupils, students, seniors, persons with disabilities receive a 20% discount. At the entrance please show the document with your ID for this price category.

Not recommended for people with reduced mobility (uneven terrain, audience will have to move during the show). Accessible for people with impaired hearing.

When you attend this event, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such.

Past events

July 31 (Monday) 19:00
August 1 (Tuesday) 19:00