part 1 Magic Cells

Ainhoa hernández Esccudero

The Torch, The Key and The Snake

The Torch, The Key and The Snake

50 mins · language English



Wednesday 5th April 

21:00 Golden Zaal Beursschouwburg


spirits of vernacular beliefs

ancestors, creatures and souls, come in

possess those bodies to become the others

as many said

  memento mori


  don’t forget this verse


The Torch, the Key and the Snake is a ritual conducted by nx3, an invitation into their realm. Guided by the imagery of the witch, the bouffon, and the pop diva, the piece embraces the contradictions between counter-culture and mainstream. nx3 reimagines collective spiritual practices from a queer feminist perspective.

The Torch, the Key and the Snake is the breath that swallows, the laughter of the hand. Halo, migraña, epilepsy. Satellite and nymph. Fluorine color screaming from its orbit. Software. Ointment in the atmosphere, light that melts with the heat of presence.

Blooming–the Saga

The Torch, the Key and the Snake is the first piece of a broader choreographic project: Blooming–the Saga. An exploration that delves into science fiction, dreams and magic, alongside their potential to produce and manifest alternative realities.



Ainhoa Hernández Escudero (she/her) is a choreographer based in Amsterdam, born and raised in Madrid. She graduated from the DAS Theatre MA program in 2022. Her work traverses counter-hegemonic practices into the intersection of pop, post-internet aesthetics, technology and mainstream culture. She explores the weird, interested in what is outside the limits of what we can name.

She received the AFK 3 Package Deal 2022/2023 in the dance category. She is part of the choreographic collective Twins Experiment, the curatorial project Saliva, and of Bastante Algo, Otros Muebles, a project that combines design and choreography. Ainhoa has shared her works in contexts such as Frascati Amsterdam, Come Together, Gessnerallee Zurich, Center for the Performance Research NY, Arqueologías del Futuro ARG, Museo del Chopo MEX, Antic Teatre BCN, La Caldera BCN, La Casa Encendida MAD, CA2M, MAD. She has collaborated and performed with Valentina Desideri, María Jerez, Meg Stuart, Andrea Zavala, Rosa Casado & Mike Brookes, and Alexa Mardon, among others. She has received the support of Balkonscènes Fonds Podiumkunsten, AFK, CA2M, La Casa Encendida, Injuve, AC/E PICE, Canal Dance Center, and Centro Centro.

concept, choreography, art direction and performance Ainhoa Hernández Escudero dramaturgy and space design Ignacio de Antonio Antón choreographical advice Veza Maria Fernandez theoretical and dramaturgical accompaniment Miguel Angel Melgares, Tery Žeželj, Joachim Robbrecht and Konstantina Georgelou sound and visuals Juliette Lizotte aka Jujul0v3 featuring songs by Ange Halliwell and Sevdaliza light design Irene Cantero costume featuring work by Floor Van Helmond production friend support Neda Ruzheva, Samuel Godion, Albert Tarrats and Andrea González sound tech Isadora Tomasi produced in the context of DAS Theatre with the support of ICK Artist Space, Centro Coreográfico Canal, Nicole Beutler Projects


Photos credit: thomas lenden


Global Majority/
BIPOC separatist evening

The show on the first evening (15th April) is a separatistic evening for people of the global majority/BIPOC. So please only book that evening if you identify with those terms. The show on the 16th of April is open for all. ---- We, Adam and Amina Seid Tahir, see how the terms BIPOC and people of color are less fortunate in their attempts of combating white supremacist andimperialistic ideologies, since they form in relation to whiteness (those ”not of color”) and therefore keeps whiteness as the norm. We rather use the term people of the global majority since we aren’t interested in identifying in relation to whiteness or white supremacy. ---- The term Global Majority was coined by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens. ”Global Majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities’.” 1 This term was created for people of the global majority to not have to identify in relation to whiteness and to emphasize the fact that these groups make up the majority of the world’s population, specifically 80%. ---- The reason for choosing to use the term BIPOC despite this, is because we’re aware that the term people of the global majority hasn’t received as widespread attention yet. And since our main goal for this showing is to welcome our siblings from the global majority for a showing without the presence of a white colonial gaze, we choose to use the term that seems to be most commonly used in this festivals locality. ---- 1. Global Majority; Decolonising the language and Reframing the Conversation about Race” by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, 2020