The fruits of the neighbours’ rehearsals can be seen throughout February

The city’s neighbours star in a contemporary dance performance

The performance is part of the Barris en dansa project and can be seen in different venues in February

The stars of this performance are the residents in neighbourhoods like Les Corts, Trinitat Nova and Guinardó, who have not necessarily been in contact with the world of contemporary dance before now, but who have shed their shyness to embark on a project that is bearing its first fruits in these first weeks of 2017. The show is titled Pies para qué los quiero, and the Barris en dansa project is led by the Iliacan dance company and is open to citizens of all ages and conditions. The production is by La Caldera centre for creation in dance and the scenic arts, and is supported by a variety of public entities and institutions.  

The three participating neighbourhoods are each responsible for a part of the show. To prepare for the performance, neighbours met up every week from September to December 2016 and the result is Pies para qué los quiero, a phrase taken from the diaries of the artist Frida Kahlo. Its promoters explain that the title serves to bring home “what the project mean: an exclamation of pure vitality that we have made our own and an invitation to share ideas, emotions and suggestions; in essence to share a slice of our lives”.

Directed by Álvaro de la Peña, the show premiered at Teatre Joventut in Hospitalet on 20 January, before calling in at the Ateneu Popular in Nou Barris. But the neighbours taking part are really starting to get busy now in February: on Saturday 4th they will appear at Casal Font d'en Fargues in Guinardó, and again a well later at La Caldera in Les Corts, then on 18 and 19 February, the show moves to Mercat de les Flors.

Additional information is available on the La Caldera website.

Publication date: Wednesday, 01 February 2017
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