Category: Review

Review: Impulso – Rocío Molina & CaboSanRoque

Still bug-eyed and trembling after this extraordinary one-day-only encounter between the Malaga-born, National Dance Award-winning flamenco dancer Roció Molina, and the Catalan artistic / technological / performative / musical collective CaboSanRoque! In rustling robotic desert surroundings, under the blood red gaze of a wandering moon, Molina emerges from a quivering cage of erect metallic measuring tapes. Then, donning the cropped bejewelled… Read more »

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Last chance! Marits i Mullers (Husbands and Wives)

Andreu Benito, Sandra Monclús, Mònica Glaenzel y Joan Carreras // Photo Copyright: Projecte Fonamentum

Oh-my-gosh, it was indeed a Happy New Year! thanks to this blinding Catalan production of Marits i Mullers. Director Àlex Rigola’s sweet, slick, highly inventive and immensely enjoyable theatrical adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1992 movie, Husbands and Wives, was not only better than the original – kinda, but notably generous to the public. It made me think of… Read more »

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Review: Lost in Lear, Saved by Edmund!

Rei Lear director Lluis Pasqual, photo: Ros Ribas

Almost all hope of gender intrigue dissolved in the outdated absurdity and odd ‘masculinity’ of this Catalan-language version of a female King Lear (Rei Lear)! This not very Christmassy Shakespearean tragedy, about an old king flattered and then betrayed by his daughters, is glum enough as it is – but this was indeed a most disheartening production!… Read more »

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Review: A Greek Tragedy Tryptich

Antígona / Antigone directed by Miguel del Arco. Photo: Luis Castilla.

Triple tragedy at Barcelona’s Teatre Lliure this last weekend with three Greek plays in Spanish! Oedipus Rex, Antigone (both Sophocles) and Medea (Euripides), directed by Alfredo Sanzol, Miguel del Arco and Andrés Lima respectively, were Teatro de la Abadia / Teatro de la Ciudad co-productions, though I suspect the funding was not evenly distributed. They had premiered… Read more »

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What’s on? Fundació Gaspar lands in Barcelona

There’s a new art space in town! Fundació Gaspar – FREE of charge this weekend for Barcelona residents, and after which is €8 (although I promise to keep you posted on the inaugurations), bids to be ‘an international point of reference’ in the city. But, if the debut show is anything to go by, excitingly offers we Barcelona… Read more »

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Aurora and the Art of Sport

In the Paralympic sport goalball, two teams of visually impaired players compete to score goals by hurling a heavy ball into the opposition’s net. The sport, that originated in a rehabilitation exercise for World War II veterans, is comprised of two three-a-side teams the members of which are made equal by their wearing eye patches covered by eye masks…. Read more »

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887 – Robert Lepage and the Mischief of Memory

Our memories act upon us, selecting events, experiences and emotions from our lives, apparently at random; they make meanings of them, whittling them into storylines or  setting out rules for living. In his one-person stage play 887 the Canadian director, actor and playwright Robert Lepage unravels such narratives, questioning the characteristics that form our identities. “I call 887… Read more »

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What’s on? 19* Fotopres – New Documentary Image

In the beginning was the image, and the image was truth. Those were the days! Now there is no truth, only ‘truths’ negotiated between individual self-perception and social archetype, or self-perception of archetype… or something along those lines. Where that leaves the documentary photograph is one of the considerations of an excellent exhibition at Barcelona’s Caixa… Read more »

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Death and the Artisan – the art of Noé Bermejo

What makes Spanish art seem so expositive and yet so elusive? Does it hold the key to a better understanding of the ‘Spanish identity’? In the first of a series of profiles on Spain’s artists, I attempt to explore this and other intrigues… The artist Noé Bermejo (32) was born in a village in the municipality… Read more »

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What’s on? Artistic variations on WG Sebald

I was reading in New Scientist the other day about how you could inherit trauma from a parent or even grandparent, that fragments missed by a ‘cleaning process’ might remain hidden in the embryo, contributing in later life to psychological ailments such as bi-polarity or depression. German author WG Sebald prods at such splinters, embedded… Read more »

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