The Mediterranean, star of the Grec 2017 Festival of Barcelona
Mediterranean artists and shows that focus on Mare Nostrum will feature largely on the programme for the 2017 edition of the Grec Festival of Barcelona. The events scheduled include a performance by the flamenco bailaor Israel Galván and contemporary theatre created by the Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou.
Francesc Casadesús, the new director of the Grec, imagines the Festival like a journey, a voyage around the world that, over the next few years, will enable us to discover not only new artists but also new gazes that enter into dialogue with their cities and the subjects that concern citizens. This journey around theatre, dance, music and circus from all over the world will begin this year in the Mediterranean, in an edition enriched by some of the most interesting theatre works born on the banks of that sea in recent years, and which speak to us of such values as cultural exchange.
So, this year, the Grec Festival will receive a visit from the bailaor Israel Galván, who will present a show with a one hundred per cent Mediterranean title, La fiesta. On July 4 and 5, Galván will perform this fiesta with a group of musicians and dancers from different traditions, building a kind of Tower of Babel onstage. More than fusing the different styles, however, he will convert the Teatre Grec into a song in praise of diversity and exchange.
From Greece, the cradle of Mediterranean culture, and in cooperation with the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, come several productions on the Grec 2017 programme, including one that brings to Barcelona a director as yet little known to Catalan audiences, even though he designed the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens: Dimitris Papaioannou.
Papaioannou is considered one of the great poets on the contemporary scene thanks to works in which he fuses the fine and performing arts, personally overseeing everything in them, down to the smallest detail. The results are productions that blend experimental theatre, movement and performance, spectacles full of extraordinary power and dreamlike images, accompanied by soundtracks composed of a wide range of sounds and musical styles.
Spectators can see Papaioannou’s latest drama at Grec 2017 from July 2 to 4 in the Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany room at the Mercat de les Flors theatre.