Creation and Museums at the 2021 Grec Festival
Five stage offerings are being presented, the result of collaboration between the city’s creation factories and cultural spaces
From 27 June to 4 July a new edition of Creation and Museums, which is back once more for this year’s Grec Festival. Creators from different disciplines and with connections to some of the city’s creation factories have come into contact with Barcelona’s cultural museums and institutions and been interacting with their facilities and collections in a series of theatre, dance, circus and music productions.
[*CANCELLED*] On 27 June, the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món will host Artificialia! Exotica! Marabilia!. This is a curatorial and stage project from Xavier Manubens that relates body practices and transmutation with the Museu Etnològic’s heritage collection, to bring social anthropology closer to the phenomenon of transmutation and the construction of gender. Taking part in the work are the performers Mama Lynch, Norma Mor, Luciana Cheregati, Júlia Barbany and Laura Ramírez. It is a Graner production together with the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món.
On 30 June, Montjuïc Castle will be the setting for the presentation of Kiri Island, a project of Arantza Labuena with the creators and dancers Bea Vergés and Reinaldo Ribero and the singer, songwriter and performer Marina Tomás in a show that speaks about resistance and perseverance. This is a La Caldera and Montjuïc Castle initiative.
On 1, 3 and 4 July, El Martell, a company directed by Laia Alsina, will present Els colors de la pluja at the Born Centre of Culture and Memory. The piece, an experimental, two-sided co-creation, merges different languages and disciplines to speak about school education between 1908 and 1979, based on free thinking, co-education and educational renewal. It is the result of collaboration between Tantarantana and the Born Centre of Culture and Memory.
On 3 and 4 July, A_MEN (work, women and migrations), a contemporary circus creation by Veronica Capozzoli which will take place at the MUHBA Olivia Artés. This is a dialogue between A_MEN’s artistic research process on the social, religious and political conditions and role of women workers during industrialisation in contemporary Barcelona. A collaboration between La Central del Circ and the Museu d’Història de Barcelona.
And finally, on 4 July the cycle will close with Ominira: Danza Néctar, a musical reinterpretation of the “More than Bees” exhibition performed by Ominira, a trio comprising Adrià Martí, Alexis Rossell and Èric Segura who take their inspiration from the Mediterranean region’s pollinating insects. This is a co-production by Fabra i Coats - Creation Factory and the Museu de Ciències Naturals, presented through a sound installation in the natural and unique environment of Barcelona’s Botanical Gardens.
Furthermore, two stage events from previous editions of Creation and Museums are back this year.
On 7 and 8 July, Un altre dia diví, a stage and audiovisual performance about the wish to be and communicate during lockdown, will be held at the Picasso Museum. The show is directed by Ferran Utzet and performed by Natalia Carminati, Lucía Lerendegui and Llapispanc, all of whom are linked to La Escocesa and co-produced this work in the 2020 edition together with The Born Cultural Centre.
In addition, on 21 and 22 July you will be able to relive Laida Azkona and Txalo Toloza’s performing arts experience La col·lecció: petita caixa d’eines, a reflection on the close relationship between colonialism and ethnography using images of Spain’s former colonies in Africa. This time, instead of the performance format of the 2019 edition, the show will be based on a podcast that will transport you to Guinea and turn you into another researcher.
All the Creation and Museum offerings are free, but tickets have to be booked in advance, as places are limited. You will find further information at the following link.