“M.U.R.S.”, featuring La Fura dels Baus, in the Castell de Montjuïc

The opening performance of the Grec 2014 Festival can be seen from the 30th of June to the 5th of July and also forms part of the tercentenary celebrations

The last time the six members of La Fura dels Baus performed together was in 1994. “We have wanted to do something together for quite some time, we just needed a good motive”, says Jürgen Müller, one of the company’s members. This motive has arrived in the form of M.U.R.S., an experimental, collective performance which will inaugurate the Grec 2014 Festival in the Castell de Montjuïc and which also forms part of the Tercentenary celebrations.

Based on the evocation of a population under siege, M.U.R.S. is an installation-performance with which the public are allowed to interact freely. The aim of the new production by La Fura dels Baus is to be the first “smartshow” in history, in which audiences will discover the advantages of the new world and “smart cities”, i.e. intelligent cities where apparently everything is controlled by digital technology.

By looking towards the future using the new technologies, the production attempts to provide a collective response to a number of questions: Up to what point will we be freely able to take charge of and understand our lives? Will we be able to tell the difference between truth and lies? Will we be able, or will we know how to, rebel and free ourselves from all the sieges (communicative, technological, political...) to which we are subjected?

La Fura will divide the inner patio of the Castell into five spaces through which the public are encouraged to walk freely in an attempt to experiment the various concepts of smart cities. The five spaces will include both projected images of stories portrayed by the actors as well as experiences which the audiences will undergo throughout the hour and a quarter duration of the performance.

The production can be seen in the Castell de Montjuïc from the 30th of June to the 5th of July beginning at 10 pm. The first performance is free (more information here) and tickets for the remainder of the performances are priced at 18 euros. To get the most out of the performance, spectators are encouraged to download a specific app to their smartphones.

Publication date: Thursday, 19 June 2014
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