Physical theatre troupe from Iceland, Vesturport, present Franz Kafka’s preposterous psychological fable, Metamorphosis. Visually ingenious and pantomimesque, is it deeply cynical or disturbingly shallow? One night only! The play is in English with surtitles above the stage in Catalan. Saturday July 7th, 8.30pm, theatre Lluire. Click here to get a ticket – for web in English and more… Read more »
Prolonged! See it at Lliure – Gràcia between 20th June and 1st July. It’s one of those Barcelona kitchens that look like it was added on as an afterthought. A microwave best kept clear of, a crappy radio, empty bottles of Gin Giro clustering on grimy surfaces with other even less salubrious brands.
A Catalan stage version of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Lonesome West (1997) was a valiant stab at the British-Irish playwright’s vicious satire of Irish, and modern, life.
Formed part of the Mostra Sonora i Visual del Convent de Sant Agustí. June 7th, 8.30pm Convent de Sant Agustí C/Comerç 36 map here At Barcelona’s alternative theatre space Nau Ivanow, local collective Tuvulú presented their latest work of intrigue: Divisions, a sophisticated piece of puppet theatre based on the bloody Greek tragedy Oeidipus Rex. IN PLAY We… Read more »
There’s something slightly aggressive about the title of Lloyd Newson’s verbose dance/theatre piece, on at Barcelona’s Mercat de les Flors this weekend. Like downloading 40 podcasts from BBC Radio 4’s Today news programme then listening to 10 minutes from the end of each, the acclaimed choreographer of award-winning ‘physical theatre’ troupe DV8 seeks to stimulate debate about… Read more »
round 2 – DELACROIX French painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) and Spaniard Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) are utterly distinctive artists, comparable in their contrasts. Each applied extraordinary imaginations to dramatic often violent subject matter, juxtaposing images and colours to excite and disturb. In 1826, as self-imposed Spanish exile Francisco de Goya daubed dark demons on the walls of his… Read more »
round 1 – GOYA A double bill at Barcelona’s CaixaForum: Spanish icon Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) and his French counterpart Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), utterly distinctive artists, comparable in their contrasts. Each broached grim, often violent subject matter imaginatively, manipulating colour and tone to heighten emotion to make fantastical scenes seem real. Goya, portrait… Read more »
Tonight only … Divisions, a multi-sensorial representation of Sophocles’ classic Oedipus Rex, is a hi-tech, tragi-comic, mini-masterpiece.
The Spanish press called it ‘relevant’, ‘prescient’ even ‘prophetic’ (La Vanguardia). Quitt, based on the 1973 play by Austrian political playwright Peter Handke, and adapted for the Teatre Lliure by artistic director Lluís Pascual, was a thoughtful and entertaining piece – yet it was too easy on the audience.
Click here for Andy Beckett’s excellent book review of Paul Mason’s Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere. “The failings of the free market may have given the protesters their cause … but the free market has also given them the means to take political advantage.” Click here for Tom Lamont’s interview with Alan Moore, the creator… Read more »