Today we’ve presented the 27th Temporada Alta Festival. In total, we’ve announced 97 shows, including international programming (20), Catalan authors (58) and contemporary creation (26). With all audiences in mind and to enable everyone to find the spectacle they’re looking for, we’ve presented proposals from different genres and fields, with drama, music, family shows, circus, dance, films and so on.
On 5 October we will open the Festival with Isabella’s room by Jan Lauwers & Needcompany, a work which has revolutionized 21st-century drama.
One of the main attractions this year will be the international co-productions: La petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel, directed by Guy Cassiers with Lluís Homar, L’omissió de la família Coleman, directed by Claudio Tolcachir with a Catalan cast, and Uncanny Valley by Rimini Protokoll, with the executive production of the Münchner Kammerspiele.
We will also support national talent with shows by renowned artists and dramatists such as Carol López, Clàudia Rovira, Angèlica Liddell, Marc Artigau, Clàudia Cedó, Cristina Clemente, Marilia Samper, Joan Yago, Toni Gomila, Ivan Morales, Carla Torres, Daniela Feixas, Ivan Benet, Ferran Joanmiquel, Llàtzer Garcia, Marc Angelet and Marta Buchaca, while we have lined up an important international programme with leading stage names like Thomas Ostermeier, la companyia 1927, Oskaras Korsunovas, Alain Platel, Jan Lauwers & Needcompany, Jan Fabre, Cristiana Morganti, Benjamin Lazar and Slava Polunin.
We continue to support the programming of contemporary creation proposals, most of which can be seen during the Programmers’ Week. Throughout the Festival we will be visited by household names in contemporary creation from at home and abroad, including Barò d’Evel, Àlex Rigola, Lali Ayguadé, Agnes Mateus and Quim Tarrida, Rimini Protokoll, Jan Fabre and Niño de Elche. We have also chosen leading names for our musical programme, such as Rosario, Albert Pla, Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés, Jay-Jay Johanson, Niño de Elche, La nit dels Sopa II, Clara Peya and Sílvia Pérez Cruz & Marco Mezquida.
Temporada Alta, in support of freedom of expression
This year we will highlight and express our support for freedom of expression, seeking to provide an open door for any discordant voices which are sometimes silenced. We have therefore scheduled Calla, Hamlet, Calla, in which a group of young creators, coordinated by Carla Rovira Pitarch, address freedom of expression, a burning issue, in a reflection based on the famous To be or not to be monologue from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
In addition, Temporada Alta 2018 will seek to express its support for freedom of expression and, at the same time, provide an open door for any discordant voices which are sometimes silenced. In this regard, the Festival will take the pulse of society and schedule a wide range of productions to reflect our current-day society, in which voices very different from those of the predominant discourses will be heard.