Pequeños Paraísos


50 minutes


Loosely inspired by Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, Pequeños Paraísos is the first in a trilogy, based on visual artists Aracaladanza has always admired.

With this show, the company intends to give back to the audience moments of happiness through brief bits of joy, which may not be connected but are contagious, promise smiles, radiate peace…

This show is full of light and meticulous details. It welcomes bold creatures and attends to their intimate desires. Pays attention to the game and takes smiles seriously.

Pequeños Paraísos doesn’t fall apart and doesn’t compromise. And, above all, it doesn’t tell a story. It enjoys and delights in the moment.

It doesn’t teach. It doesn’t guide. Most importantly, it doesn’t brainwash. It opens your imagination and sets you free.

It’s a refined work that emphasizes the role of objects and incorporates puppets so seamlessly they become the sixth dancer.

Intended for family audiences, it brings out the kid in all of us, no matter how old you are.


The world reduced to a garden.
And in it strawberries, trapeze artists,
and lamps, and balloons, and flowers, and…
sparkling jewels locked in boxes;
tiny treasures that release the gift of air when opened.

They appear and disappear.
Tiny moments of happiness;
silly pills that offer joy.
And tenderness and emotion. And smiles and fun.

Dreams of paradise for everyone.
Or better: heavens invented in waltz
or even silence.

Joyful pieces that bring distant memories of other heavens:
The Garden of Earthly Delights

Bosch inspires a mad race to the imagination
and offers chaos as a point of departure.
With puppets or balloons: With paper or soap. Like before, anything goes…

like always, everything dances…
like never before,
everything shines
they are Pequeños Paraísos

  • 2008 MAX Award for Best Children’s Show
  • 2008 MAX Award for Best Costume Design – Elisa Sanz
  • 2008 MAX Award for Best Set Design – Elisa Sanz
  • Finalist 2008 MAX Award for Best Lighting Design – Pedro Yagüe
  • Finalist 2007 MAX Award for Best New Show, Madrid Region

  • 2007 FETEN Award for Best Show
  • 2007 FETEN Award for Best Musical Composition


Concept and direction
Enrique Cabrera
Elena García Sánchez
Jimena Trueba Toca
Raquel de la Plaza Húmera
Jorge Brea Salgueiro
Jonatan de Luis Mazagatos
Original music composition
Mariano Lozano P. Ramos

Stage set and costume design
Elisa Sanz
Lighting design
Pedro Yagüe
Puppet design and production
Ricardo Vergne
Puppets advisers
El Nudo Compañía Teatral
Crafting costumes
Petra Porter
Angeles Martín

Graphic design and photography
Oscar Cantos
Production and national tour coordination
Arantza Izaguirre
International tour production and coordination
Marisa Bas
National distribution
Alberto Muyo
Production and press design
Javier Torres

Eduardo García González

Pequeños Paraísos is a placebo, a balm to cure the wounds of the soul and fix your day; it comes like a restorative swim and game on the beach of your dreams.”
La Voz de Asturias, 03/03/07
The purpose of Aracaladanza’s contemporary dance is to leave its numerous and loud audience with their mouths open in admiration and surprise…”
La Voz de Asturias, 03/03/07
Pequeños Paraísos, enormously marvelous”
La Voz de Asturias, 03/03/07
…we offer an extraordinary contemporary dance show, filled with magic, illusion and good taste.”
La Voz de Asturias, 03/03/07

Pequeños Paraísos premiered on 28th November, 2006 in the Teatro de La Abadía in Madrid.

It is an Aracaladanza production, co-produced with the Madrid Regional Government, the Ministry of Culture and Teatro de La Abadía de Madrid.


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