“If any question why we died”, in the Cinemes Girona

On the 8th of December at 8.30 pm a poetry-based radio drama in Catalan will commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I

In commemoration of the 100 years since the beginning of World War I the Cinemes Girona is hosting a live radio drama in Catalan entitled Si us pregunten per què vam morir (If any question why we died). Directed by Ramón Hernández and with a script by Gerard Vázquez, the project, an initiative of the Veus Humanes collective, commemorates The Great War by means of poetry written during the conflict.

The voices of some of Catalonia’s best-known voice-over artists, Isa Mateo, Sergio Zamora, Toni Sevilla and Eva M. Lluch, will attempt to emulate a live radio broadcast that, with the aid of acoustic and musical ambience and other technological innovations, will transport the audience to the context of the period in question by recreating the social and psychological uncertainties caused by a battle scenario.

By focussing on poetry, the performance will allow spectators to observe one of the most important conflicts in history from an entirely original perspective. It is widely known that World War I has often been considered as the poets’ war and, in fact, the term “war poet” was coined at the time in reference to those who expressed in verse their experiences during the four devastating years of the conflict. The poems featured in the performance, then, will allow the audience to relive a wide range of wartime experiences including life in the rear-guard, combat situations, the dead, the return of the survivors etc. through the poems of Guillaume Apollinaire, Rupert Brooke, Alfred Lichtenstein, Ewart Alan Mackintosh, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Giuseppe Ungaretti, among others.

The radio drama Si us pregunten per què vam morir will be performed in the Cinemes Girona on the 8th of December beginning at 8.30 pm. Tickets are priced at 15 € and more information is available here.

Publication date: Friday, 05 December 2014
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