Grec 2015 presents the bulk of its programme

The 39th edition of the festival, which will take place from the 1st to the 31st of July, will kick off with the dance performance “Vorònia” and include concerts by Joan Manuel Serrat, Ismael Serrano, Lambchop, Kyle Eastwood and Yann Tiersen as well as the new Compagnie XY circus show and performances based on the works of Shakespeare, among others

Barcelona’s Grec Festival, will take place from the 1st to the 31st of July, today revealed part of its programme, including most of the music, dance and theatre performances that will be held in the Teatre Grec. This year’s multidisciplinary festival will kick off with a contemporary dance performance entitled Vorònia, by the Veronal Company, which can be seen over two days in the Teatre Grec and which explores the concept of evil through an explosive combination of movement, text and images. Prior to the inauguration, on the 30th of June, an open-air party will be held in the Plaça Margarida Xirgu as an opening salvo for Grec 2015.

Among other acts programmed for the Teatre Grec, the presence of the circus performance Il n’est pas encore minuit, by the circus company Compagnie XY, has also been confirmed. The troupe, who were awarded the City of Barcelona Prize for Le Grand C, will once again present their world of human towers, transforming acrobatics into a language capable in its own right of suggesting ideas and emotions. The same venue will also host the theatrical works Amor & Shakespeare and Ninet’InfernO, the first of which, written by Guillem-Jordi Graells and directed by Josep M. Mestres, offers a journey through the many ways of experiencing passion as seen by characters who populate Shakespeare’s comedies and performed by actors and actresses the likes of Sílvia Bel, Jordi Boixaderas, Roger Casamajor, Ariadna Gil, Joel Joan and Mercè Pons. The second is a musical based on Shakespeare’s sonnets and deals with the subject of love in old age and in youth. The work by Roland Auzet features an actor, an acrobat and a symphony orchestra.

On a musical note, highlights include names the likes of Joan Manuel Serrat, Els Amics de les Arts, Ismael Serrano, Diego el Cigala, Kyle Eastwood, Yann Tiersen, Lisandro Aristimuño and Christopher Cross. Under the banner Disordered Anthology Joan Manuel Serrat will offer a retrospective on his fifty years on the stage, while pop band Els Amics de les Arts will celebrate their ten years of existence by offering a big-band-format concert with a repertoire of hits gleaned from their successful career. Singer-songwriter Ismael Serrano will also make an appearance in the festival to present his latest release La llamada (The Call), an album replete with South American folk rhythms. For his part, flamenco singer Diego el Cigala will offer a more intimate, up-close concert in which he will relive moments from his successful career accompanied on the piano by Jaime Calabuch Yumitus, a Catalan ‘gypsy’ from Barcelona’s Gràcia district.

Having previously composed the soundtracks for some of the films directed by his father, Clint Eastwood, musician Kyle Eastwood will present his latest release in Barcelona, a recording in which he pays tribute to 50s and 60s jazz. Yann Tiersen returns to the city with a performance in which he proposes a musical immersion in the desolate landscapes of Brittany, Iceland and the Faroe Islands using the musicality offered by the toy instruments that feature in his first creations. Other featured names include the likes of Lisandro Aristmuño with his folk-based fusion of pop, rock and electronic music, and the elegant pop-rock of Christopher Cross. Other confirmed artists for Grec 2015 include Lambchop, Lee Fields, Lila Downs and Ane Brun. The festival will also feature Night of Musicals, featuring the Barcelona Municipal Band accompanied by well-known voices from the musical theatre genre, Tango Night with Astor Piazzolla and Buika, and a mosaic of Balkan music directed by Jordi Savall.

For the third year running, MiniGrec will constitute the children’s festival programme, beginning with a free inaugural party dedicated to the animal world on the 27th of June in the Teatre Grec. The remainder of the children’s programme will take place in the Teatre Tantarantana, La Vilella, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Mercat de les Flors and the Sala Hiroshima and will feature, among others, performances such as The Intrepid Voyage of a Man and a Fish, object theatre with puppets, shadows and wire mechanisms, Electric Babyland, a multilingual, interactive show, Petjades, puppets for children aged four and over, and La butxaca del pantaló és un telèfon, a musical theatre performance built around the world of science.

Grec 2015

When: from the 1st to the 31th of July

Tickets: diferent prices

Where: diferent places

More information here

Publication date: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
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