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Bernhard and Lupa, together again Lacuesta reviews Bataclan attack Balearic party Poetic circus with Johann Le Guillem Julio Manrique rereads Carrère Morganti, ’daughter’ of Pina Bausch Temporada Alta is back

The autumn festival of performing arts returns with 107 shows, reinforcing its international connections and its role as a creation hub for homegrown authors, artists and directors

out of 107 are Catalan productions


’s autumn festival of performing arts, Temporada Alta, is back with some 107 shows scheduled in this year’s dynamic edition that runs from October 8 to December 13. The line-up shows that the festival maintains its high standards by combining international directors with homegrown creations.

With a budget of three million euros (44% subsidies, 56% box office and sponsors), the Temporada Alta festival aims to attract all kinds of audiences. The festival not only maintains an international presence but aspires to grow in the coming years and expand the number of international co-productions, as the organisers believe that Catalonia is a country of talent that can only be strengthened with more international connections.

In 2018, the Belgian director Guy Cassiers worked with Lluís Homar (La néta del Sr. Linh); in 2019, Krystian Lupa presented Devant la jubilació, by Barnhard, in Catalan. Also last year, the Lithuanian Oskaras Korsunovas worked on a Catalan version of Uncle Vanya, which was performed internationally. This year, it is the singer Ute Lemper who performs with Gio Symphonia in a trip to interwar Berlin on the soundtrack of Erwin Schulhoff’s Jazz Suite for Orchestra, and Weill and Eisler’s songs. Also Declan Donellan (from Cheek by Jowl, specialists in classic Shakespearean theatre), will perform in a co-production of La vida es sueño with actors from the Compañía de Teatro Clásico at the Teatre Municipal (October 22 and 23).

Out of the 107 shows (and total of 193 performances) there are 22 premieres, starting from Bonobo, winner of the Quim Masó award, and Moriu-vos! from the Cultura i Conflicte group. Other premieres include Caridad by Angélica Liddell; a recital directed by Mario Gas (Sondheim x Sondheim); Les confessions de Sant Agustí at the cathedral of Girona by Joan Carreras; Tocar mare by Marta Barceló and Instruccions per fer-se fascista directed by Miguel Gòrriz and interpreted by Mercè Arànega.

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The celebrated Polish director Krystian Lupa recovers the play by Austrian playwright Thomas Bernhard Ritter, Dene, Voss (Oct 18, Teatre Romea, Barcelona) with the Stary Teatr actors. The show premiered 25 years ago and, according to the director of the festival, Salvador Sunyer, it is a production that has reached the status of a theatrical phenomenon.

From November 17-20, a great circus tent will be installed in La Devesa park to host Terces by Johann Le Guillem, one of the great masters of French conceptual circus, who invites us on a journey to a utopian world where poetry replaces technology. The French company will also present Dévoréé (December 8-11).

Weeks after Antònia Font’s concert at Palau Sant Jordi, the band’s guitarist and composer, Joan Miquel Oliver, will revisit songs from some of his best loved solo albums, with hits such as Surfistes en caméra lenta, Bombón mallorquín or Pegasus. It is a double programme with the Mallorca-based Da Souza, presenting their album Salsa agredolça (November 12 at La Mirona, Salt).

Isaki Lacuesta, premieres Un año, una noche (Oct 18), a documentary reviewing the terror attack at the Bataclan music hall in Paris in November 2015. It is just one of the eight films to be screened at Cinema Truffaut in Girona including El agua by Elena López; and La cuina dels homes by Sílvia Subirós; Suro by Mikel Gurrea.

Cristiana Morganti, a veteran dancer of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, presents a new creation inspired by her relationship with the creator of dance theatre, a cry danced with humour and poetry. The production will premiere a week earlier in Italy and will be performed on December 5 at the Teatre de Salt. The expectation is high; uncertainty, too.

In L’adversari, which opens the festival, Pere Arquillué and Carles Martínez reverse the conversation between Carrère and the murderer who posed as a doctor until he was discovered. Julio Manrique directs, who last year starred in L’oncle Vània and in 2020 built a show between the in-person and the virtual (Boutevoya) as a reaction to the pandemic lockdown.

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