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Barcelona’s Summer Arts Festival ‘Grec’ to dazzle until the end of July

This year’s the ‘Festival Grec’ pays special attention to French theatre and dance, both large productions and smaller innovative shows. It brings together both international and local productions, and includes theatre, dance, music and other stage arts. The festival begun on June 17th and will last until the end of July.

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22 June 2011 04:44 PM

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ACN / Júlia Nuix

Barcelona (ACN).- The 2011 edition of the Festival Grec of Barcelona started on the June 17th and will run through to the end of July. This year\u2019s Festival pays special attention to French theatre and dance, both large productions and smaller innovative shows. Artists such as Patrice Chéreau, Bartabas or playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce are some of the contemporary French stage exponents who will be bringing their productions to Barcelona. They will be sharing the limelight with established Catalan directors such as Àlex Rigola, Oriol Broggi or Carme Portaceli.


The Festival Grec, a classic event on the Catalan cultural calendar, brings together both international and local productions. According to the director of the festival, Ricardo Szwarcer, the main aim of the event is to bring together \u201Ctwo terms that in principle are opposites, local production and the international scene\u201D.

The estival, which began in 1976, includes theatre, dance, music and other stage arts and is the most important cultural attraction in Barcelona throughout the summer. The name of the festival comes from the place where the opening sessions take place. It is an open-air theatre built in 1929 for the Universal Exhibition, which emulates an ancient Greek theatre.

This year\u2019s opening dance show explored the relationship between the individual and the collective experience with references to Catalan traditional culture. It was staged by Cesc Gelabert, dancer and choreographer.

Some of the most important French theatre productions are \u201CRules, uses and customs in modern society\u201D by Jean-Luc Lagarce; \u201CThe Centaurus and the animal\u201D by Bartabas and \u201CI am the Wind\u201D by Patrice Chéreau. Some of the local productions include \u201CTragèdia\u201D, by Àlex Rigola, \u201CLa nostra classe\u201D by Carme Portaceli, \u201CLuces de Bohemia\u201D by Oriol Broggi and \u201CDesaparecer\u201D by Calixto Bieito. The highly successful Catalan pop-folk band \u201CManel\u201D will also play and they sold all their tickets within half an hour.

Between June 17th and July 31st, theatre, music, dance and circus lovers will be able to attend more than sixty shows. Peter Brook\u2019s show \u201CUne Flûte Enchantée\u201D based on Mozart\u2019s opera \u201CThe Magic Flute\u201D is one of the main international attractions of the festival and is already sold out.

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  • 'Une flûte enchantée', a show by Peter Brook based on Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute' (by Pascal Victor Artcomart)

  • 'Une flûte enchantée', a show by Peter Brook based on Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute' (by Pascal Victor Artcomart)