Las Mitocondria is a Spanish artistic duo formed by Alicia Herrero (Valencia, 1977) and María Ángeles Vila Tortosa (Valencia, 1978), engaged with the disciplines of visual arts and dance. Alicia was trained as a dancer and choreographer in London, while María Ángeles studied Fine Arts and realized her first exhibitions in Italy. Since 2008 they collaborate in performances, dance shows, exhibitions and events. In 2009 they realized the project Midriasis/Cajas Habitadas, a project based on a study of memory and emotions. Las cajas habitadas are large-scale containers of emotions with an aesthetic of industrial transportation. The project combines the performances of Alicia Herrero with María Ángeles Vila Tortosa’s works of collage and engravement. Moreover, the project developed an educational aspect for both adults and children, providing training courses for dance, theater and plastic arts professionals. The project was presented at: Istituto Cervantes, Rome; Museo del Tossal, Valencia; ‘escorxador – Center for Contemporary Culture, Elche (Spain); International Mimo Festival, Sueca (Spain); Mario Praz House Museum, Rome; Ric – Festival of Rieti; Internazionali BNL of Italy, Rome; Museo Carlo Bilotti, Rome; Istituto Cervantes of Sofia (Bulgaria). Midriasis/Cajas Habitadas has received the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, of the Regione Lazio, of the Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana and of the Spanish Embassy in Rome.
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