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Pine Islands audiences discover “Frida”—a conversation between dance, theatre, music and visual effects directed by Marie Tholon

cartell 2020 frida 2From the frontlines of new theatre comes a code-and genre-bending dramatisation —inspired by paintings and diary entries— of the life of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Frida invites audiences on a tour of the periods and tribulations marking the life of Frida Kahlo. Gender equality; Kahlo the artist; a life on the margins of society and Kahlo’s struggle to come to terms with an irrational love for husband Diego Rivera... these are the themes that spring up in succession throughout Kahlo’s life.

Minimalist and contemporary, the set of Frida comes to life in intimate, poetic and evocative spaces that cry out for reflection. Music ranges from Mexican influences —Kahlo’s friend Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs and Lhasa all log appearances—to more contemporary melodies (contributions come from Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds and French contemporary Yann Tiersen).

Crowds at Eivissa’s Auditori de Cas Serres can catch a production of Frida Friday 6 November at 8.30pm. Tickets are available in advance for €8 at www.eivissacultural.es or at the box office the day of the function for €12. The troupe visits Formentera the following day, offering an 8.30pm performance of the show in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets for viewers over 25 cost €7 and youth pay €5. Space is limited, so make your booking in advance by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

The troupe
Diàlegs d’Art represent the union of professional stage artists with pieces and materials whose life force emanates from the convergence of ideas and styles, from the quest for theatrical innovation and from creative encounters with artists and artist collectives.

El temps passa, Frida and H2O are among the productions the Menorca-based group has put out since forming in 2016.

Diàlegs d’Art are driven in the creative process by the blending and crossbreeding of theatrical formats, leveraging the admixture to interrogate the expressive form inherent in art such as live music, dance, theatre and audiovisual performance.

28 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Local musicians give outdoor concerts —‘musical aperitifs’— every Sunday at noon

cartell 2020 aperitus musicalsEarlier today the Formentera Department of Culture announced details about “Aperitius musicals”—a new outdoor concert series on the 2020 autumn/winter calendar. Every Sunday from noon till two, local acts will play in distinct public areas. Performances will alternate between Casa del Poble de la Mola, Carrer Guillem de Montgrí plaza in Sant Ferran and the patio of Casa de sa Senieta in Sant Francesc.

Culture chief Susana Labrador tied the origins of the initiative to a petition from local association Formentera Musical: “We want to enrich the dynamism of the local cultural scene beyond the summer season, particularly a year like this one when the Covid-19 crisis has put the sector on such shaky ground”. “It’s about supporting local musicians, but it’s also about creating options for open-air cultural and musical activities. We hope that this is one many islanders can enjoy, and we know people will be respectful of public health protocol”, added Labrador.

The series starts Sunday 1 November and runs until Sunday 27 December:

1 November / Sa Senieta patio (Sant Francesc)
8 November / Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí plaza (Sant Ferran)
15 November / Casa del Poble de la Mola
22 November / Sa Senieta patio (Sant Francesc)
29 November / Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí plaza (Sant Ferran)
6 December / Casa del Poble de la Mola
13 December / Sa Senieta patio (Sant Francesc)
20 December / Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí plaza (Sant Ferran)
27 December / Casa del Poble de la Mola

Concerts will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Collaborations
This musical initiative is presented by Formentera Musical and Consell de Formentera. Concerts will follow the same format as Música a les Places this summer: roped off audience area, chairs where audience members can sit and Covid-19 safety protocol in effect.

27 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates All Saints’ Day with screenings of fantasy and terror shorts

cartell 2020 curtmetratgesThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that on Friday 30 October, islanders are invited to an evening of fantasy- and terror-themed short films organised by the Barcelona International and Short Animation Film Festival (Mecal) in association with the Formentera Film Festival.

Screenings will start at 7.30pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is free, but reservations are required to attend (email requests may be sent to reserves@conselldeformentera.cat). Public health measures will be observed.

Shorts in the special evening of terror will be screened from Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, United Kingdom and France.

Films include:

El Juego - The Game (Peru, 2019)
Swipe (Netherlands, 2019)
The Dreamer (Norway, 2019)
Who’s that at the back of the bus? (UK, 2018)
Cerdita (Spain, 2018) Youth Jury Prize, Formentera Film 2019
The girl in the snow (Switzerland, 2017)
Le crayon (Belgium-France-Switzerland, 2017)
9 pasos (Spain, 2018)
Horrorscope (Spain, 2019)
A little taste (Spain, 2019)

Mecal is regarded as one of the most firmly-rooted of Spain’s film festivals, with quality, diversity and originality considered trademark characteristics. The All Saints’ Day evening of screenings has been put together in association with Formentera Film Festival, whose organisers have actively sought collaborative projects with distinct festivals since the very start of FFF. From 25 to 27 November, the organising arm of FFF will join forces with Espai F to host Cinema als quatre vents, where guests of La Mola’s Casa del Poble can catch jury favourites from the 21st Soria International Short Film Fest.

23 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

“Orientalismos” arrives Monday at ‘Ajuntament Vell’ gallery

cartell 2020 orientalismosThis Monday at 6.00pm, Orientalismos will take up residence at the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”. The exhibit is open to the public —barring weekly closures on Sunday and Monday— from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm until 7 November.

Orientalismos is the union of Aida Miró and Simona Marziani, two artists and lovers of travel, nature and wide-ranging cultural influences, but it is also an invitation, beckoning visitors to join its creators on a tour of the ample range of possibilities offered by resin.

The paintings and artistic objects which Miró and Marziani exhibit integrate and harmonise that which surrounds them: nature; colourful, original characters; music and dance and the meeting of the free spirits of distinct cultures and countries, particularly those of the East (meditation, Zen, Buddhism, yoga, mandalas...). These things play their part in the creative process and exercise a discernible influence on the two artists.

Eivissa-born Aida Miró has lived in New York for the last six years, giving classes and working out of her studio in the Bronx. She received her undergraduate’s in fine arts and a doctorate in education, writing a dissertation on contemporary Japanese butoh dance that received cum laude mention from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Simona Marziani was born in Milan, where she started illustrating and designing trompe l’oeils after studying art. Focusing energy on her own creative work since 1995, Marziani lives on Eivissa. She is a lover of Eastern philosophy, travel and nature.

23 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Winter hours in effect at La Mola lighthouse

foto 2020 far de la molaThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that low-season hours will henceforth be observed at El Far de la Mola. The lighthouse will be open for visits 10.00am to 2.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with weekly closures Sundays and Mondays.

A monument to civil engineering, La Mola’s lighthouse was designed by Emili Pou Bonet and completed in 1861. Today the building houses a space which is devoted to culture and to showcasing the island’s maritime heritage. It is divided into two clearly distinct exhibition spaces. The permanent exhibition explores its main focus —the sea— from a variety of angles: the marine environment, natural resources management, navigation and light signals. A second space is dedicated to temporary art exhibits.

General admission is €4.50, though residents of the Balearic Islands, youth under 18 and unemployed individuals enter free (pensioners and students get in at a reduced rate of €2.50).

20 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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