El olor a sangre no se me quita de los ojos
The smell of blood does not leave my eyes
Juan Belmonte
Histoire(s) du Théâtre III
Angélica Liddell
EUR 55 / 45 / 35 / 25 / 20 / 10 / 7 / 4 (standing room)
Spanish with German and English surtitles
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26 May
Time 8pm
27 May
Time 8pm
26 May
Time 8pm
27 May
Time 8pm
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage
© Christophe Raynaud de Lage

There is nothing in contemporary theater quite like an Angélica Liddell monologue.” – New York Times

Bullfights are a matter of life and death. The award-winning Spanish performance artist Angélica Liddell puts no less on the line. In the third part of the series Histoire(s) du Théâtre, Liddell confronts the theatre and a society that has lost its ties to spirituality and transcendence. The title refers to the apex of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, in which the two lovers can only find each other in Liebestod – love death –, and to the legendary torero Juan Belmonte. It was his trademark to fight dangerously close to the animal’s body, due to his deformed legs. Belmonte was never beaten, and eventually committed suicide. In the midst of a bullring, Liddell delves into all these figures and stories and calls up overwhelming images: the exceptional performance artist is both lover and beloved, bull and torero, enthralled by theatre and full of disdain.

Artistic Team

Text, Direction, Stage design, Costumes Angélica Liddell With Angélica Liddell, Borja López, Gumersindo Puche, Palestina de los Reyes, Patrice Le Rouzic and Michael Anhammer and Son Clemens, Simon Brader and Daughter Nora, Lukas Elend and Son Béla, Thomas Mandl and Son Milo, Stefan Schweigert and Daughter Romy Luise, Adrian Oshiake Lights Mark Van Denesse Sound design Antonio Navarro Matador tailor Justo Algaba Assistant direction Borja López Stage management Nicolas Guy, Michel Chevallier Lights management Sander Michiels Stage machinery Eddy De Schepper Set and costumes design Ateliers NTGent Dramaturgy of the project Histoire(s) du théâtre Carmen Hornbostel (NTGent) Production management Greet Prové, Chris Vanneste, Els Jacxsens (NTGent) Communication and press Saité Ye, Génica Montalbano Production direction Atra Bilis, Gumersindo Puche Translation, surtitles (French) Christilla Vasserot Translation, Surtitles (English) Snapdragon


Production NTGent, Atra Bilis Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, TANDEM scène nationale (Arras-Douai),, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a.M.)

Premiere July 2021, Festival d´Avignon

Past projects

Wiener Festwochen 2019 The Scarlett Letter
Wiener Festwochen 2013 Todo el cielo sobre la tierra (El síndrome de Wendy)
Wiener Festwochen 2012 La casa de la fuerza / Haus der Gewalt
Wiener Festwochen 2011 San Jeronimo – Überlebensstrategien (Performance forum festwochen)

Please note

Recommended for ages 16+
The performance includes self-harming acts.


The performances in Vienna are supported by Embajada de España en Austria.

Q & A

27 May, following the performance

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