Sardana and Castellers in Catalonia
Project Description

How we move our bodies has a lot to do with the socio-political context in which we grow up; and it can say a lot about the cultural and political interests of a group. For example in Catalonia (Spain), there are the dancers of Sardana, which is the national dance of Catalonia, and castellers, people who build human towers.

My research with Sardana dancers and castellers showed how they are expressing socio-cultural values through bodily movement and how this relates to current political issues in Catalonia. From this, I developed concepts of performance by emphasising the generative capacity and motility potential of the human body. My findings on the links between physicality, movement and social organisation showed how attention to bodily movement phenomena can help tell the stories behind socio-political and technological change.


  1. My Article on Sardana & Castellers in Catalonia 
  2. Institución Milá y Fontanals (IMF) del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC-IMF)
  3. Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia
  4. Confederació Sardanista de Catalunya
Project Details


CSIC-IMF, Castellers de Vila de Gracia, Federacion de Sardanistes