Wim Vandekeybus returns to Barcelona after an absence of more than a decade in which he has been more dedicated to film and theater projects. The Belgian choreographer, who made this city vibrate in the eighties and nineties with his company Ultima Vez, has created Traces, a choreography for the Rambert Ballet in London that will be seen at the Mercat de les Flors, as part of the Metropolitan Dance program.
The only dance festival held in this pandemic in Europe seeks to rebuild the territorial fabric of the Barcelona metropolitan area based on culture. And it does so by adding shows and cities to each edition that it manages to carry out, since the last one did not see the light of day because of the confinement that the pandemic forced. In this fourth edition –from March 5 to 21–, the festival expands to Terrassa, with which there are already ten municipalities committed to bringing dance to citizens through this project.
There are 14 co-productions and four international companies: the Lorraine Ballet will show Cunningham
Ninety shows will be seen in one or more of those ten towns that have 2.8 million inhabitants: Badalona, Barcelona, Cornellà, El Prat, Esplugues, L’Hospitalet, Sant Cugat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Terrassa and Viladecans. Adding up the activities (workshops, cinema, etc.) there are 240 in 61 spaces, whether they are theaters, halls, civic centers, cinemas or the street. The subway this time will not be one of them. The pandemic prevents taking action. And perhaps it will also prevent travel from Barcelonès to Vallès Occidental and vice versa if the perimeter confinement regulations do not change at the beginning of March.
With the focus on new creation, the festival shows 14 co-productions, and another three international shows. Apart from Vandekeybus, the Lorrain Ballet will visit the Mercat, always serious about the recovery of heritage, which will show three choreographies by Merce Cunningham ( For Four Walls, Rain Forest Y Sounddance ) Y My body of coming forth by day by Olivier Dubois. The Italian Silvia Gribaudi will visit the Teatre Joventut in L’Hospitalet with ‘BONE CLUB , and the Sebastian Weber Dance Company, the Sala Ramon Romagosa in Cornellà.
In local and national talent, the co-productions include works by Siberia Dansa, Andrés Corchero, The Followers Co, Lali Ayguadé, Jose Manuel Álvarez, Soren Evinson, Thomas Noone, LaCerda and video dance proposals such as Lali Ayguadé and Akira Yoshida.
For the pandemic
Three of the shows canceled in the 2020 edition are recovered, such as Junyi Sun’s ‘Am I Bruce Lee’
Three of the shows canceled in 2020 are also rescheduled: Am I Bruce Lee , by Junyi Sun (Teatre Alegria de Terrassa), Marúnica , of the Cia. Roberto G. Alonso (Terrassa, Viladecans and L’Hospitalet) and Euphoria , from Sacude, which will be the traveling show that will tour all municipalities (except Viladecans). And names like Sol Picó, Pep Ramis, Mar Gómez or the 2020 Iratxe Ansa National Dance Award, or adventure RRR by Frederic Amat, La Veronal and cabosanroque at the Teatre Lliure.
In addition, the Filatures project for new formats in unconventional spaces was born. Nine proposals have been chosen from a public call. They will take place in old textile factories in the metropolitan area, some turned into centers of creation. Juan Carlos Lérida could not miss there, who takes one of those great ships with Sacred machines within your project The liturgy of the hours .
“It is a programming that is done horizontally, joining forces of different programmers. And most of the shows are free to encourage the creation of new audiences ”, recalled Cesc Casadesús, director of the Grec and curator of the shows in Barcelona. Quinzena de Dansa whose budget is estimated at 1.2 million euros: 400,000 from the Provincial Council, 400,000 from the Barcelona City Council, 50,000 from the metropolitan area and the rest of what each municipality and equipment contributes. Both paid and free shows require prior reservation at dansametropolitana.cat for anticovid measures.