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2017 edition

Temporada Alta proposes a critical view if current-day issues and presents 97 shows, including an international programme (18), productions and co-productions (26) and contemporary creation (20)

Temporada Alta, Festival de tardor de Catalunya. Girona - Salt, will be held for the 26th time, once again presenting an impressive programme with different genres and disciplines designed for a wide array of audiences. Having become a flagship festival both at home and throughout Europe, Alta Temporada stands out as a driving force of scenic art and one of the country’s productive and creative centres. In addition, this year the Festival will put its finger on the pulse of society and schedule a large number of productions on current-day issues (refugees, drug trafficking, historical memory, journalistic ethics and so on).

Dvenadtsataia Noch (Twelfth Night), a work by William Shakespeare directed by Declan Donnellan, is the proposal which will launch the Festival, consisting of a total of 97 shows running from 11 October to 10 December. The British director who founded the famous Cheek by Jowl company returns to Girona with the Russian troupe with which he visited the Festival in 2015 (with the show titled Measure for Measure) to present this production, which has toured international venues for over 10 years, performed only by male actors.

The programme provides a balance between international proposals (18 shows from 15 different countries), productions from our country -68 home-based works-, 20 reflecting contemporary creation and a total of 26 productions and co-productions, the result of fostering partnerships and complicities with public and private companies, producers and theatres from home and abroad.

The wide-ranging programme includes great international figures of the contemporary performing arts (Romeo Castellucci, Guy Cassiers, Declan Donnellan, Alain Platel, Josse de Pauw, Oskaras Korsunovas, Federico León, Christiane Jathay, Mariano Pensotti, etc.), together with some of the most internationally renowned Spanish artists (Rocío Molina, Faemino y Cansado, Diego el Cigala, etc.) and premieres by some of the best creators in the country (Àlex Rigola, Pau Miró, Sol Picó, Alicia Gorina, etc.) co-produced by the Festival. In addition, this year will see a further commitment to the programming of contemporary creation and new languages (El Conde de Torrefiel, María Muñoz and El Niño de Elche, Roger Bernat, Mal Pelo, Atresbandes, Animal Religion, etc.).

One of the main new features of the 26th Temporada Alta is the implementation of a new social and educational project, A TEMPO, Arts and Education, a programme which seeks to introduce the performing arts into primary and secondary schools and training centres, promoted by La Ciutat Invisible, the Temporada Alta Foundation. The new proposal has come into being as a result of the desire to continue reframing the model of the Festival, making culture accessible to everyone and moving forward to draw closer and closer to the citizenship and the audience, the essential elements and the main players in Temporada Alta.

THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

Temporada Alta is one of the main gateways to Spain, and frequently to Europe, for many international productions, both established names on the stage and the new stars beginning to shine in different countries. In its 26th year, the Festival will place the country on the international artistic map with 18 foreign shows. Furthermore, the Festival once again schedules two major international drama cycles; the Latin American Connection cycle, established over the last five years and focused on proposals from the other side of the Atlantic, and the Flanders Connection cycle, celebrating its third year and introducing the audience to the Flemish drama scene.

The foreign programme contains numerous proposals - almost all premieres in Spain or Catalonia - including the above-mentioned Dvenadtsataia Noch (Twelfth Night) by Declan Donnellan and Golem, by the English 1927 company, a very visual fable about a dystopian future world directed and written by Suzanne Andrade. The Italian Romeo Castellucci will stage Ethica. Naturaleza y origine della mente, a performance inspired by the five books of Ethics by Spinoza and Pamiselis (Diario de un loco) by the director Oskaras Korsunovas, who will visit Temporada Alta for the sixth time and present the work by Nikolai Gogol explaining the perverse mechanism which turns an ordinary man into a dictator.

Family audiences will also be able to enjoy the international programme with proposals, among others, by the French Les Rois Vagabonds, with Concerto pour deux clowns, and the Canadian Cirque Eloize, which will come to Temporada Alta for the third time with a highly dynamic and visual circus show combining the worlds of the circus and westerns.

Temporada Alta and its links with Latin American Theatre

Temporada Alta has close links with theatre on the other side of the Atlantic, and acts once again as a gateway to Europe for Latin American drama, one of the most successful current- day theatrical laboratories and one of the most interesting creative hubs on the planet. In this, the fifth year of the cycle, supported by Iberescena, two Argentine works have been scheduled: Las ideas, by Federico León, to be performed for the first time at the Festival, and Arde brillante en los bosques de la noche, the latest work by Mariano Pensotti, a director who will visit the Festival for the fourth time to present a production commemorating the centenary of the Russian revolution. Mexico brings us a work by the Los Colochos company titled Mendoza, a version of Macbeth set in a rural environment and in an atmosphere tainted by some of Mexico’s present-day problems (corruption, drug trafficking, violence, etc.).

Also within the framework of the cycle, Temporada Alta will see a spectacle by a Colombian company for the first time: Camargo, to be performed by La Congregación Teatro, a group directed by Johan Velandia. The production seeks proximity with the audience and uses a case from the “events” section of a newspaper to portray the current social and political situation in Colombia. Finally, the Festival will be able to see the latest work by Christiane Jatahy from Brazil, the Latin American director with the greatest standing in Europe in recent years. She will present A floresta que anda (The walking forest), a production which incorporates audiovisual effects in a highly integrated manner, during which the audience moves around between the screenings

Temporada Alta and its links with Flanders Theater

In addition, the Flemish drama scene introduces us to three spectacles within the framework of the Flanders Connection cycle: Out of Context - for Pina is a very special production by Alain Platel and Les Ballets C de la

B. Created in 2010 and dedicated to the choreographer Pina Bausch (who passed away six months before the first performance). The show went on tour for a time and, since it ended a few years ago, the company has performed the show just once a year. In 2017 the chosen destination is Girona and Temporada Alta, a destination we have shared with Los Teatros del Canal in Madrid. A unique opportunity to enjoy one of the masterpieces of the Belgian choreographer. Within the Flemish theatre cycle it will also be possible to see De Mensheid (Humanity), a work by Josse de Pauw with music by Kris Defoort, the team which brought An Old Monk to Temporada Alta in 2015. The American soprano Claron McFadden accompanies the two creators of De Mensheid and, together, they put on a show containing textual, visual and musical language. Finally, Guy Cassiers returns to Temporada Alta for the sixth time and premieres his latest work, Grensgeval (Borderline), a proposal written by Elfriede Jelinek, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, concerning the situation of refugees and forcibly displaced persons.

THE PRODUCTIONS AND CO-PRODUCTIONS OF THE FESTIVAL

This year, Temporada Alta presents 26 co-productions, thereby confirming its desire to be the driving force of the country’s dramaturgy. Fostering partnerships and complicities with public and private companies, producers and theatres from home and abroad, the Festival stands out as one of the State’s creative and productive centres. By means of aid for production and creation, the Festival supports highly different disciplines, including dance, visual theatre, textual theatre, family theatre and music.

One of the main co-productions to be performed this year is Cyrano with Lluís Homar, directed by Pau Miró. Following the artistic and commercial success of Tierra Baja y Lluís Homar, Temporada Alta presents an adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. With the rewriting by Pau Miró as its basis and a cast headed by Lluís Homar, the spectacle will be performed for the first time in autumn at the Festival, and it will then have a season at the Teatre Borràs in Barcelona, quite a challenge following the success of the Cyrano of Flotats. Another outstanding production is Vania (a free version of the work by Anton Chekhov), directed by Àlex Rigola and co-produced by Temporada Alta and Los Teatros del Canal from Madrid.

In addition, in partnership with public and private bodies, the Festival also presents: Blasted by British playwright Sarah Kane, directed by Alicia Gorina and co-produced with the National Theatre of Catalonia; La visita de la vella dama (The visit of the old lady) by the Farrés Brothers, a co-production of the Festival and the company, El metge de Lampedusa (The doctor of Lampedusa), a production directed by Miquel Górriz and written by Pietro Bartolo, a co-production with the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, Dancing with Frogs by Sol Picó, a co-production between the company and the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, to be premiered a little earlier in Madrid, Els nens desagraïts (The ungrateful children), written and directed by Llàtzer García and co-produced with the Sala Beckett in Barcelona and El color de la llum (The colour of light), a new production by Ferran Joanmiquel, co-produced with the Sala La Planeta in Girona.

The Festival proposes two international productions with agents from outside the country: The Mountain, the Truth and the Paradise by the Mal Pelo company, in partnership with the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan, and No se registraran conversaciones de interés by Roger Bernat, co-produced by the French MUCEM in Marseille and the Grec Festival in Barcelona. Finally, Temporada Alta also directly co-produces some productions with companies, such as: Àries de reservat (Exclusive Arias), El comediant (The Comedian), El Buit (The Void), Els dies que vindran (The days that will come), Simone, Màtria (Narrar el silenci) (Màtria (Narrate the silence)) and IUanMI.

A firm commitment to national dramaturgy and creation

For the last 26 years, Temporada Alta has supported the country’s creators with programmes based on texts by native authors, promoting new creation and, this year, scheduling up to 68 proposals by national artists and creators. The Festival thus schedules big names from our country, both well-established creators and new emerging voices, such as: Pau Miró, Faemino y Cansado, Marc Artigau, Cristina Genebat, Julio Manrique, Claudia Cedó, Cristina Clemente, Marilia Samper, Pere Riera, Daniela Feixas, Pep Tosar, Ramon Madaula and Lali Álvarez. In addition, it places clear emphasis on the field of contemporary creation in the country, scheduling spectacles based on new theatrical languages, such as those by Rocío Molina, El Niño de Elche and María Muñoz, Roger Bernat, Lali Ayguadé, Quim Giron and his Animal Religion company, Atresbandes and El Conde de Torrefiel.

Catalunya to the world

With a firm commitment to the country’s dramaturgy, Temporada Alta has, for a number of years, strived towards the internationalization of Spanish artists, a tool which is increasingly necessary for overcoming the sector’s financing difficulties and the international visualization of the projects. The Festival seeks to bring together artists and shows from everywhere in its programme, but it also searches for meeting points between native artists and international professionals. In this regard, it promotes channels of cooperation between artists from home and abroad, by means of funding, joint artistic works and the presentation of shows outside the country. Thus, since 2011 Temporada Alta has organized the Programmers’ Week, bringing together non-textual shows with the aim of congregating foreign programmers within the schedule and promoting professional encounters. Over the last four years, more than 280 national and international professionals have visited the Festival, including representatives of prestigious institutions such as the Avignon Festival, the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels and the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna. This year, the meeting will take place from 23 to 26 November and the participating professionals will be able to see the proposals of well-established and emerging national artists, such as: Rocío Molina, El Niño de Elche and María Muñoz, El Conde de Torrefiel, Mal Pelo, Lali Ayguadé, Atresbandes, Roger Bernat and Quim Giron.

TEMPORADA ALTA, A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY FESTIVAL WITH A SINGLE FINANCING MODEL

Temporada Alta, a multi-disciplinary Festival for the whole family

Although Temporada Alta is chiefly a festival of the performing arts, music and cinema have gained prominence in recent years, providing a varied and multi-disciplinary programme. In addition, shows designed for families have also been incorporated over the years, introducing Temporada Alta to an increasing number of new audiences.

In terms of music, we should highlight the concerts of Jorge Dexler, who has chosen Temporada Alta to launch his Spanish tour to present his album titled Salvavidas de hielo, the New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty, who will perform his jazz with funky influences for the first time at the Festival, and the concerts by artists and groups such as Oumou Sangaré, Buika, Diego el Cigala, Sílvia Pérez Cruz

and the Gramophone Allstars Big Band.

For a number of years Temporada Alta has included films in its programme, and it proposes two cycles this year: Cine y Escena (Film and Stage), including films directly related to the performing arts, and Cine de Temporada (Seasonal Cinema), with a selection of the latest home-based and international works. Some examples of the films which can be seen at the Festival are Estiu 1993, recently chosen to represent Spain at the Oscars and directed by Carla Simón, who will give a talk on the filming process, Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel and Anchor and hope by Carlos Marqués-Marcet, the second part of 10,000 km, which has won, among other prizes, the Goya Award for Best New Director in 2014 and 5 awards at the Málaga Film Festival, including Best Actor and Best Actress.

From this year onwards, Temporada Alta will sponsor a new Jameson Notodofilmfest award, titled Cine y Escena (Film and Stage), which will seek to investigate the relationship between cinema and the performing arts. A jury made up of professionals from the world of cinema has chosen the five short-film

finalists, which will be screened during the Festival. A jury of professionals from the performing arts will choose the winner, which will be announced following the screenings.

Temporada Alta places a great deal of emphasis on reaching all kinds of audiences and schedules a large number of shows for children and the whole family, including Loo, by La Cía Pontenpie, (for children aged 2 and over), Dolce Vita by Mag Lari, Saloon by Cirque Eloize and El Petit Príncep (The Little Prince) by Manu Guix and Ángel Llàcer, which comes back for another year following the commercial success of previous festivals.

THE SOCIAL COMMITMENT OF TEMPORADA ALTA, A FESTIVAL OF THE AUDIENCE AND THE TERRITORY

Since its beginnings, Temporada Alta has had a clear international projection, but also an indisputable desire to be a festival involved at a local and national level, accessible to everyone. For this reason, it works with two distinct objectives: to introduce the programme and scheduled activities to collectives at risk of social exclusion and to promote the educational aspect of the Festival, presenting the performing arts to schools, in the understanding of culture as an indispensable element in the educational and socializing process.

Temporada Alta highlights its more social aspect and cooperates in different programmes to help people at risk of social exclusion to attend the shows (Apropa Cultura, Qltura Jove, Escena 25, etc.) and even promotes, through the La Ciutat Invisible Foundation and the Patronage Club, a programme to offer free seats to people from entities and groups at risk of exclusion.

Confirming its commitment to education, this year Temporada Alta presents a new feature: A TEMPO, Artes y Formación, a new programme focused on the educational world. Working with schools is a way of making culture accessible to everyone, from the grassroots, attempting to counteract the residual role that the arts still have in regulated teaching in this country. A Tempo is a project which promotes spaces for interaction between young people, students, education professionals and professionals of arts and culture, so that all the collectives can work in a synchronized manner. The proposal, promoted by the La Ciutat Invisible Foundation, with the support of Temporada Alta and Conarte Internacional and in partnership with the Banco Sabadell Foundation, includes, among other initiatives, a pilot experience in Salt and Girona, consisting of a training seminar designed for professionals and a programme of activities aimed at young people and children, in which they will feature prominently.

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