‘Carrer Robadors’, a trip that goes from the Maghreb to the Catalan capital starring young Afro-descendants and directed by Julio Manrique, will open the exhibition on June 27
The Grec festival will be more diverse and expanded than ever this summer. Forty spaces will host a hundred proposals and 49 co-productions, six of them international. Francesc Cassadesús, director of the show, finishes his world tour in Africa. The continent will be represented not only by some of its choreographers, theater authors, circus companies and musicians, but also by those who have put down roots in our country, whose descendants we don’t usually see on stage.
‘Carrer Robadors’, a montage based on the homonymous novel by Mathias Enard who travels from the Maghreb to Barcelona, starring young Afro-descendants and directed by Julio Manrique, will open the Barcelona summer festival at the Teatre Grec de Montjuïc on June 27. The event will lower the curtain on July 31 with a Love of Lesbian concert after offering a hundred shows, some rescheduled from the previous edition, which will arrive from June 10. Among them, two adaptations stand out: ‘The House of Spirits’, a novel by Isabel Allende directed by Carme Portaceli, and ‘Pedro Paramo’, by Juan Rulfo, which Mario Gas performs. Theater dominates in this edition with 38 proposals, followed by music (22), hybrid shows (16), dance (14), circus (6) and cinema (2).
A continent to discover
El Grec will allow discovering international creators such as Mohamed El Khatib, Qudus Onikeku, Nadia Begrué, Junior Mthombeni, Nacera Belaza, Hotel Europa or Steven Cohen and reconnect with Peter Brook, Brett Bailey, Fatoumata Diawara, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Gregory Maqoma, Germaine Acogny o el Acrobatic Group of Tangier.
This year there will be more tickets, which go on sale this Thursday. The spaces will have a capacity limitation of 50%, the same that is currently maintained in Catalan theaters, although reaching 70% is not ruled out, Procicat through.
On the practical ground, cars will not be able to park this year in the Margarida Xirgu de Montjuïc square. In its place there will be a varied proposal for the restoration of Poble Sec premises, a measure that aims to help a sector hit by pandemic restrictions. Drivers will have as an alternative the BSM car parks with a special rate for the Grec.