El Jardí Inexistent

Piece of theater-dance for indoors.

Piece for three women an three men.

duration 65’

“la fantasía es un lugar en el que llueve.”

Italo Calvino 

The non-existent garden

We know that a good garden, a garden with a soul, hides a secret arrangement. The garden as an arrangement does no longer exist the very moment one wanders into its density. Its mysterious structure disappears only to turn into a possible path drawn amongst the scrub. The invisible architecture of a show is the one that takes us through our personal imagery.

The garden is oneself, your fantasies, your fears, your desires. The garden is life, relationship with others. The garden is a show.

From this duality in which we live between fantasy and reality, between night and day, between desire and reason, between my world and the others, we start to concieve this garden whish would have the invisible disorder of nature, of human nature.

And through this trip we encounter “a midsummer’s night dream” which has lent us its relationships between the characters. And as they walk into the woods, the wild garden, a spell complicates all of these stories of love, sex and mislove. But is a spell needed for a fairy queen to fall in love with a donkey or to fall for someone from just one glance?

“The non-existent garden” is a show weaved in overlapped levels, like a tale within a tale, a story embracing other stories. Theatre inside theatre. A framework constructed with a combination of languages and personalities of different origin. A complex distillation of simple and poetic associations, combined with intimate daily routines turned into dance.

Have a look at the creation journal

Year of production


Thanks to

Caníbal, Toni Mira, Ulrike Mönnig.

Coproduction of

Senza Tempo y Teatre Nacional de Catalunya de Barcelona.
4º Premio de Proyectos d’Arts Escèniques de Lleida 2003,convocado por l’ Ajuntament de Lleida.

Senza Tempo is supported by

ICUB-Ajuntament de Barcelona, INAEM-Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y el Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya.


Lived Dream Shakespeare’s work gives the whole, despite the liberties taken in the details, a dramatic frame of enormous internal cohesion… The Non-existent Garden is a piece rich and diverse in details, overwhelming, suggestive in its development and of a high finale. A lived dream..
- La Vanguardia 06.05.04 – Joaquim Noguero

The garden of dreams

An attractive show in which the movements of the characters have, for a start, a reason to be, something to give thanks for… The Shakespearean comedy is, with no doubt, a solid base for this very agile and entertaining staging about human duality, but it is not necessary to know the work of the bard to understand what Senza Tempo wants to tell us.
-El País 07.05.04 – Begoña Barrena

A walk through dreams and reality

… But it is in the theatrical section where Senza Tempo prints its hallmark with their poetic way of showing content… All this becomes a success thanks to performers who give with their differences, physical and interpretative, one of the best assets of the show… Actors and dancers in which Pablo Ley has known how to carve a good dramatic job.
-El Periódico 08.05.04

The imagination of the truth Senza Tempo delights us with a show as realistic as a fable can be… The scenes pass by as pictures from a baroque altarpiece of surreal plasticity and the performers play their part to perfection, … From a good seventy five minute show to the pleasure of dance forever.- Avui 08.05.04 – Bàrbara Raubert Nonell

Language in movement The Senza Tempo company fascinates with its latest show” The non-existent garden” in the TNC… The group uses rare scenic appearances, in a combination of the surreal with everyday life. And what is more important: it does not give up on telling stories…-El Periódico/Suplemento Viernes-07.05.04-Guillem Clua