image

Barcelona’s performing arts scene doesn’t rest in July. This year’s Grec Festival features 20 shows that run the gamut from local to international, conventional to experimental and down-to-earth to provocative.

The Grec Festival of Barcelona is an international theatre, dance, music and circus festival. Over the course of its history, this long-standing event, which will take place for the thirty-fifth time in 2011, has become not only the major summer attraction in Barcelona, but also a reference on the European performing arts calendar.

By Andreu Gomila

Three Sisters, Android Version

How will Chekov be staged in the future? Perhaps with actors and robots, as in this version by Oriza Hirata, one of the great innovators in contemporary Japanese theatre. A Japanese provincial town, in a dark, indeterminate future marked by economic crisis, is the setting for a production that fuses theatre and technology.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Tue Jul 2 - Thu Jul 4

Roman Tragedies

Theatre combines with the techniques of television to examine political power in the words of Shakespeare. Ivo van Hove, a cult director who has revitalized the European scene, encourages audiences to stand up and move around the theatre.

  1. Teatre Lliure: Montjuïc Pg. Santa Madrona, 40-46, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Fri Jul 5 - Sun Jul 7

Capricis

Àngels Margarit, a creative force in Catalan contemporary dance, translates the 24 Caprices of violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini into movement.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Thu Jul 11 - Sat Jul 13

Rhinoceros

One of the great French directors of the moment stages a key work of the theatre of the absurd at its most politically engaged: Rhinoceros. An allegory of conformity and the insidious creep of ideology.

  1. Teatre Lliure: Montjuïc Pg. Santa Madrona, 40-46, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Fri Jul 12 - Sun Jul 14

MORE INFO

koenbroos

Puz/zle

A choreographer dear to the hearts of Barcelona audiences returns to the city. Cherkaoui’s choreographic language synthesises different cultures to show that even the purest-seeming things are composed from elements of diverse origins. The jigsaw puzzle is completed by live accompaniment from a band of musicians from Japan, the Lebanon and the Middle East.

  1. Teatre Grec Pg. Santa Madrona, 36, Sants-Montjuïc
  2. Mon Jul 15 - Tue Jul 16

Daniel Seiffert

Hate Radio

What are the origins of a genocidal massacre like that seen in Rwanda in 1994? The Swiss director and playwright Milo Rau has created a new form of political theatre that reconstructs key moments in recent history with maximum fidelity.

  1. Teatre Lliure: Montjuïc Pg. Santa Madrona, 40-46, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Wed Jul 17 - Fri Jul 19

100 Femmes

Collectif Lyon.05 has invited one hundred Barcelona women with different backgrounds, ideas and ways of working to build a collective story based on real episodes from individual lives.

  1. Teatre Grec Pg. Santa Madrona, 36, Sants-Montjuïc
  2. Fri Jul 19

Cal·ligrames en moviment. A dance tour of Barcelona

Climb on board La Caldera’s bus and take a day-long trip to arts centres all over Barcelona, taking part in different activities at each one.

  1. La Caldera Torrent d'en Vidalet, 43, Gràcia, 08012
  2. Sat Jul 6 - Sat Jul 20

Wasteland

Lluís Danés turns the stage into a dump inhabited by human beings and puppets made of recycled objects. Moving and poetic, the show combines social critique with artistic sensibility to highlight the unfair relationship between the developed world and the developing.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Wed Jul 17 - Sat Jul 20

MORE INFO

Plexus

Aurélien Bory, artist, director and stage designer, conjures up the inner world of an artist who has stepped outside their own world and been transformed by experience. Japanese dancer Kaori Ito moves through in a forest of threads that represent the obstacles that can alter the course of a dance – or a life.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Sat Jul 20 - Sun Jul 21

Yesterday

Yesterday is a retrospective piece that featuring some of the most exciting moments from the company’s repertoire. Jasmin Vardimon, Associate Artist with London’s Sadler’s Wells, is known for insightful and alluring productions full of humour, drama and provocation, that make intelligent use of audiovisual technologies.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Tue Jul 23 - Wed Jul 24

The Wind in a Violin

One of the leading names in contemporary Argentinean theatre dissects the world of human relationships. What are the limits of love? Does it have any? Can a person’s love for their child or their mother justify absolutely anything – even harming someone else? Questions without easy answers.

  1. Teatre Romea Hospital, 51, El Raval, 08001
  2. Wed Jul 24 - Sat Jul 27

Fires

In ‘Fires’ Marguerite Yourcenar pushed her own writing to the limit in the aftermath of a failed love affair. As performed by Carmen Machi, the text lays bare the author’s feelings, a prose poem that draws on the voices of Classical heroines.

  1. Teatre Grec Pg. Santa Madrona, 36, Sants-Montjuïc
  2. Fri Jul 26 - Sun Jul 28

Habitat

The magic of mime, silent cinema and slapstick brought to the stage in a show full of humour and extraordinary technical virtuosity. A showcase for the talent of Jakob Ahlbom, the creator or a surreal imaginary world with a logic all its own.

  1. Teatre Lliure: Montjuïc Pg. Santa Madrona, 40-46, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
  2. Fri Jul 26 - Sun Jul 28
Popcorn machinePopcorn machine

Popcorn Machine (A Domestic Apocalypse)

The domestic apocalypse of My!Laika has a frenetic pace, a neo-futurist aesthetic and an sharp and almost Dadaist sense of humour. Circus performance of the highest quality that has been a hit all over Europe and has garnered critical praise.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Tue Jul 30 - Wed Jul 31

MORE INFO


Emerging Catalan theatre

Grec 2013: Brickman Brando Bubble Boom

The mortgage crisis. Victorian England. Nests, dens, caves and mansions; 150,000 evictions in Spain in 2012; a grinning banker; a smiling builder. Horror. Homesickness. Everything that surrounds the idea of a place to live.

  1. Mercat de les Flors Lleida, 59, Sants-Montjuïc, 08004
  2. Fri Jul 12 - Sat Jul 13

Montaldo

A story of Indians, gas stations, Utopias and autistic Catalans lost on the endless highways of a barely recognisable Texas. Montaldo is a new work from an arts collective that rejects conventions and uses humour to explore the world from a different viewpoint. The trademark of a creative theatre lab that has taken its world all around Europe.

  1. CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5, El Raval, 08001
  2. Thu Jul 11 - Sun Jul 14

Jo mai (Never Me)

A play that smells of like teenage rock’n’roll. Iván Morales and the Prisamata theatre company perform a noirish tale in which a group of young men and women try to form the family they never had, in an abandoned bar.

  1. CCCB. Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5, El Raval, 08001
  2. Thu Jul 25 - Sun Jul 28

source. http://www.timeout.com/barcelona/things-to-do/the-best-of-the-grec-2013

Comment