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Formentera gets ready for the all-ages clown theatre of “Italino Grand Hotel”

cartell 2020 italinoSaturday 17 October Formentera’s Sala de Cultura (Cinema) will play host to La Tal theatre troupe’s family-friendly Italino Grand Hotel. The self-proclaimed “company of clowns” cut their teeth with the classics before gravitating in recent years a varying array of characters: notably, a clown with a well-defined personality, a clown whose years hold wisdom, a clown for today’s audiences.

Set in a city hotel abuzz with guests, Italino Grand Hotel trains its focus on one character in particular—one who, apart from housekeeper, janitor, ironer and bed-perfumer, is a dreamer. His dreams take form in the dark, but it is a place that is full of feeling.

Machine speakers offer him his connection to the world: two voices—of other employees at the hotel, who save him from indifference. One offers companionship and humour, the other —tender and full of life— the promise of love. He develops a sense of the world and of life based on the two voices... and may one day see for himself.

Italino Grand Hotel starts at 6.00pm (Saturday 17 October) in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets are priced at five euros for children and are free for adults.

Tickets must be booked in advance by sending an email before 10.00am (16 October) to reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

8 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Fran Lucas Simón’s ‘drifting strokes’ adorn walls of Centre Gabrielet from today

cartell 2020 expo fran lucasToday until 14 October, Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’ will serve as the backdrop for Fran Lucas Simón’s Pinceladas a la deriva, a part art exhibit part extemporaneous workshop that will find the artist sharing his vision of artistic praxis and offering guests a tour d’horizon of his work in recent years.

Islanders can visit Pinceladas a la deriva from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

5 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

This Monday, artists join forces to present “Orígens”

cartell 2020 origensThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that from 7.00pm Monday 28 September, the Ajuntament Vell exhibition space will welcome a group show entitled Orígens. Seven local artists —Emilia Brussoni, Maribel Escandell, Robert P Hawkins, Celia Jiménez, Teresa Matilla, Enric Riera and Fran Lucas— put their heads together for an exhibition to which each participant contributed two works of his or her choosing (from acrylic to oil to canvas to mixed media) as well as a text and an object speaking to how the featured artwork came into being.

Regular opening hours for Orígens are 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, 29 September to 10 October. The show’s seven contributing artists belong to the Association of Formentera Artists (ADAF).

25 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Street dance hits Formentera

cartell 2020 L Illa a EscenaWith the new season of L’Illa a Escena fast approaching, Formentera has begun preparing for the arrival of Let’s dance about Love, the latest offering from Lleida-based dance troupe Dancescape.

A two-performer production that discusses love using the language of movement, Let’s dance about Love treats audiences to a tour of the multiple phases of love —particularly the puppy variety— and narrates the journey through dance, musicality and language. The atmosphere that crystallises is one in which protagonism is shared between the dancers and the crowd: they find common ground in sensations, recognise one anothers’ feelings, thoughts and experiences... It is these experiences that will permit the vivacious choreography of Let’s dance about love to raze the walls between dancer and spectator.

Love is something you feel, something you talk about, something you dance...

The show starts at 7.00pm on Saturday 3 October at Sala de Cultra (Cinema). Tickets are €5.

Tickets must be reserved in advance. Bookings can be made until 10.00am, the Friday before the show, by sending an email to reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

30 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

L’Illa a Escena leads with dance, theatre and kid-friendly productions

cartell 2020 L Illa a EscenaThe Formentera Department of Culture has unveiled a sneak peak of the L’Illa a Escena programme of performing arts and music for year end 2020. “After the lockdown-era freeze on face-to-face cultural programming, this particular activities bill was extra special”, insisted culture and education chief Susana Labrador. “There is something for everyone in these six shows, and in each one the aim is the same: promote the local cultural scene”.

October
October kicks off with street dance from two members from the Dancescape troupe. Let’s dance about Love enlists the languages of dance, music and spoken word to dig into the multi-stage journey that is love. The resulting atmosphere is one in which both audience and performers are protagonists, identifying with sensations and observing the resonance of others’ feelings, thoughts and experiences with their own. Love is something you feel, something you talk about, something you dance...

The show happens on Saturday 3 October at 7.00pm at Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Also in October is a production that will have children in stitches. Italino Grand Hotel is a piece of all-ages clown-foolery that explores the tender, moving comedic figure already familiar to anyone who has seen a production from La Tal.

The show happens on Saturday 17 October at 6.00pm at Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

It’s down to Titzina Teatro to close out the month of October with their latest, La Zanja. After nearly twenty years in the game, the theatre troupe presents an original production that is fruit of research and anthropological journalism. Playwrights, directors and actors Pako Merino and Diego Lorca take a tragicomic look at the clash of European and American civilisations and their shared history.

The show happens on Saturday 24 October at 8.30pm at Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

November
On 7 November, one show in particular will walk the line between dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Inspired by paintings and diary entries, Marie Tholon and Adriana Aguilar’s Frida offers up a mise en scène of episodes from the life of the Mexican painter.

Part of the activities bill for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the show happens on Saturday 7 November at 8.30pm at Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Little ones will really have a ball with the latest family-friendly production from the iconic troupe La Tartana.  Soñando a Pinocho tells the imagined prelude to the classic tale of Pinocchio, before even Gepetto got to him. This magical tale about solitude and persevering to realise one’s dreams was nominated in 2018 for the Max award for best children’s production.

The show will happen on Saturday 14 November at 6.00pm at Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

December
Completing the L’Illa a Escena series is the musical Tina, la bruixa fina. The lead character in this musical puppet show is an eminently clever young witch who is itching to learn the tricks of her trade. To do it, she’ll need the help of veteran witch Tomassot. A rollicking time for kids of all stripes.

The show happens on Sunday 13 December at 5.30pm at Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Admission
Tickets at children’s productions are €5 for kids, free for adults. Tickets for other productions are €7, or €5 for viewers under 25. Admission to Let’s dance is €5 for everyone.

Due to the ongoing crisis related to Covid-19, admission is free for the unemployed and currently inactive self-employed individuals.

Cultivating culture
L’Illa a Escena promotes the performing arts with help from the Institut d’Estudis Balearics, and works to foster partnerships between professional dance, theatre and circus troupes, enrich the cultural scene, and ensure access to culture with help from the Spanish culture ministry's Platea programme.

In view of public health protocol and limitations on building capacity, efforts are currently under way to ensure the cleanliness of the Sala de Cultura and fulfilment of other standards. All productions will be hosted in line with current rules and public health directives, and require tickets to be reserved in advance: reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

24 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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