Friday October 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Barcelona International Theatre -BIT (Spain)
poem-concert for two voices lost in a fog
directed by Calixto Bieito
from texts by Edgar Allan Poe
text translation Julio Cortázar
dramaturgy Calixto Bieito
music Maika Makovski
with Juan Echanove and Maika Makovski
sets Aida Guardia
costumes Marian Corominas
production Barcelona International Theater (BIT), Grec 2011 Festival de Barcelona, Teatre Romea
Often described as a scandalous director, particularly for the operas he directed in which he shattered the inviolability of the greats such as Verdi and Mozart, Calixto Bieito claims the right to an art without prejudice, which can represent everything. “Theatre has given me a freedom that I would never have imagined – he has stated – the freedom to reinterpret the classics, first and foremost, because they form the bedrock for all the art of the twentieth century, and the work of the director is to recreate and, like a journalist of his era, to reconnect the classics, whether they belong to theatre or opera, with the contemporary world: what I believe I must do is interpret my own time. That is the emotion that really counts”.
From the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona to the Salzburg Festival, Bieito is one of the most sought-after directors on the international opera circuit and is at home at the major theatre festivals. His debut as a director took place in 1995, and two years later, with La verbena de la Paloma, a classic of the Zarzuela, he was invited to the Edinburgh Festival where he would be a frequent guest over the years. According to Bieito himself, La verbena de la Paloma and La vida es sueño by Calderón de la Barca are a particularly significant moment of his carrier. His work on Calderón was performed at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as the Barbican Theatre in London and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. This was to be an enduring production, which was shown last summer in a new version at the Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires. Las Comedias Barbaras by Valle-Inclán is another of his international successes and established the director as a representative of the expressionist and surrealist vein that leads from Goya to Buñuel. Since 1999 he has been the artistic director of the Barcelona International Theatre, which has its own company for which Bieito creates most of the productions. He has won many awards, including the European Award Pro Europa 2009, which has been awarded in the past to Daniel Barenboim, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Placido Domingo and others.
The production that Bieito has reserved for the Biennale is a “poem-concert for two voices lost in a fog”, which will premiere in Italy after its July debut at the Festival Grec in Barcelona, a production that blends Bieito’s two passions – theatre and music. Inspired by the writings of two outsiders of literature such as Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Walser, and by their diverse resistance to the non-sense of life, “Desaparecer
is the desire to stop existing and to melt into nothing. In the words of Canetti: ‘Walser’s experience in his struggle for existence leads him to the only sphere where struggle does not exist, to the insane asylum, the monastery of our modern era’. Poe and Walser promenade along the edge of our imagination, here they lay down their bodies in a lovely snow-covered meadow, to rest after a long and desolating walk” (Calixto Bieito).
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