Almost half of the programme of the coming Grec Festival 2011, taking place from 17 June to 31 July, is to have a Catalan flavour. From its official opening, care of the Cesc Gelabert company, to latest offerings from directors such as Calixto Bieito, Mario Gas and Àlex Rigola.
Calixto Bieito, who will be presenting two events at the Grec, one with Marc Rosich, Voices, a production from Denmark performed in Danish with Catalan subtitles.
Àlex Rigola’s production for the Grec is similarly unclassifiable. Christening it Tragèdia, the director offers a visual poem on Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy.
France will be the festival’s guest country, with Patrice Chéreau’s I am the wind and Peter Brooks‘ Une Flûte Enchantée (a French production of The Magic Flute) as the highlights. There will also be an opportunity to discover the new French theatre (take note of these names: Joël Pommerat and Olivier Cadiot) and see Philippe Decouflé’s dance production, Octopus.
The coming Grec Festival’s graphic image, a series of photographs of navels by the artist Joan Coberta, says a lot about what the cultural event will be, as it will be contemplating its own navel somewhat. In other words, local creation will be its main focus.
.:. Grec Festival website .:.