The 3rd edition of 'Come & See' begins in Barcelona

'Come & See', or the International Stage Arts Market, is a showcase of Catalan theatre and dance for professionals of the international theatre scene. Some of the most internationally recognised Catalan performers participate.

Andrés Aznar / CNA

July 20, 2010 05:52 PM

Barcelona (CNA).- Sol Picó, La Fura dels Baus, Jordi Cortès, Pepa Plana and the Tricicle company are some of the artists that will exhibit their creative proposals to programmers all over the world from the 19th to the 21st of July. The event, called ‘Come & See’, is a showcase of short pieces of work dedicated to professionals of the sector. With some 30 performances and more than 200 accredited programmers from all around the world, the 3rd edition of the International Stage Arts Market aims to promote Catalan stage initiatives in the rest of the world.

Barcelona as an urban brand, a three-room theatre like the National Theatre of Catalonia (TNC) and a professional dedication to the sector are three important aspects that make the International Stage Arts Market relevant for programmers all over the world.

The market started in 2006 by CIATRE, an association of professional theatre companies in Catalonia. The market began with the objective of promoting local theatre companies to the rest of the world.

In order to accomplish this, the market organises some 30 short theatre pieces to show to programmers and international agents and establish ‘face to face’ relationships between companies and buyers. It also aims to initiative creative itineraries for the city.

The market is open to all stage arts, including street performances. The idea of the showcase, as the president of CIATRE, Anna Rosa Cisquella, explained, consists of getting Catalan artists “out of their creative ghettos” and onto an international scale.

‘Come & See’ is financed by the public Catalan Institute for Industrial Cultures (ICIC) with the support of the Ramon Llull Institute and the Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB).