On the same night, the Castell de Montjuïc will host the inauguration of this year’s programme with multi-award-winning Blancanieves (Snow White), by Pablo Berger. The screening in the Sala Montjuïc will be accompanied by a live interpretation of the sound track.
These opening acts precede the official inaugural event at the hands of the Australian circus company, Circa, who will be presenting their show titled Opus, with a live interpretation of the music of Shostakovich by the Quator Debussy.
While Montjuïc continues to be the headquarters of the festival, many other activities will be focused around the nexus of La Rambla and the surrounding streets (Romea, Poliorama).
The significant number of programmed events (79), confirms the commitment of the director, Ramon Simó, to opening the doors of the festival to all comers and, with this objective in mind, the ticket discount policy remains in effect and ticket prices have been frozen. Along these same lines, and with a commitment to taking into consideration the generational turnover of the audiences, the festival has also proposed Mini Grec, a new series of events for all ages which includes an extensive programme of 13 productions in seven theatres throughout the city.
Grec 2013 - a creative, participative and truly international festival
Among the 23 international productions programmed, we can highlight Roman Tragedies, a macro-performance conceived by Ivo van Hove which unites Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra under one roof. In the words of Simó himself, it is, “one of the greatest productions relating to the works of Shakespeare that one can see in the world today”.
Another promising production is the android version of The Three Sisters. Inspired by Chekov, Japanese playwright and director Oriza Hirata proposes an original piece of theatre art that transports us to a disturbing future that is just around the corner.
Grec 2013 is also, however, a showcase for displaying the most recent works of theatre creators from our own country and, with this in mind, the festival will provide us with the opportunity to see works by Mario Gas (El veneno del teatro), Joaquim Oristrell (Tots fem comèdia), Magda Puyo (Alma i Elisabeth), Toni Casares (George Kaplan), Carme Portaceli (TV i misèria de la II Transició) and Lluís Danés (Wasteland), among others.
Dance is also represented in this year’s edition and, among other artists, we will see the return of one of the festival’s classics Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with Puz/zle, as well as the hip-hop and contemporary dance fusion of Borderline, a performance by Sébastien Ramirez and Honjo Wang, the always-surprising Kaori Ito, who will be portraying the interior life of a dancer in Plexus, while Àngels Margarit will invite us to play, with Caprici.
Aside from the inaugural performance, circus will be represented by three further productions: Retalls, a circus group that lives and breathes in Barcelona, Matx de Pallassos, an audience participation game with Tortell Poltrona, and the return of Popcorn Machine, by the young company My!Laika.
A variety of different genres and a collection of renowned interpreters ... all in all, a unique series of concerts. This is the promise of the musical programme for Grec 2013, where we will come across names such as Concha Buika, Jorge Pardo, Rodolfo Mederos and Martirio, Blaum or Kiko Veneno.