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Saturday 'Parasceve' takes stage in Formentera

parasceve 2 copiaThis Saturday at nine pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) the Office of Culture of the Formentera Council will host Blai Bonet's Parasceve, the author's only production written for the stage. Included on the events calendar for the Sant Jordi holiday, the evening of theatre is also part of the programme Illa a Escena.

Playwright

Though poet, storyteller and Mallorca-native Blai Bonet (Santanyí, 1926-1997) is celebrated for the universality of his reach, in his lifetime he would only produce one work of theatre: Parasceve. The play is a portrait of the people, families and whole societies held prisoner by war. Bonet focuses on his characters as individuals rather than political figures to convey the familiar quality of this emotional tale.

Production

Based on the story of the Skiud household, Parasceve stands as a psychological family-portrait in a time of war. Faced with a tale that is so intensely personal, those in the audience are hard-pressed to remain safe sideline spectators. The message, then, becomes timeless and one that is unbounded by time. Before the transversal commonality of war, any other barriers fade into the periphery. Faithfully representing the playwright's original text, the company guides the audience through the cleansing process that must accompany any tragedy. Hence, the theatre and stage are transformed into ritual ground.

The current production of Parasceve is an unmissable opportunity to see Blai Bonet recoup human form. What T-SHOCK manages to convey scenographically with Parasceve is the savageness inherent in the choices we make; a representation of nothing less than devastation itself. Though purely symbolic, the universe created becomes a scene of conflict for truly dark forces.

Brought to the stage by the T-SHOCK company, Parasceve is directed by Jeroni G.Obrador and includes acting by Marta Barceló, Guillem Juaneda (from the film El perfecto desconocido) and David Pérez. Parasceve is involved in Circuit Talent IB, a talent circuit for music and stage productions that is promoted by the IEB and the Balearic Islands Regional Ministry of Culture. Circuit Talent IB is aimed at promoting cultural exchange between Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera. It has already brought to the island Fràgil (from Eivissa group Clownidoscopio) and is behind performances this month from Mallorca theatre group Circ Bové (Es Cirquet) and Menorca singer-songwriter Leonmanso.

Agreement to expand summer taxi service on Formentera

Foto parada taxis FormenteraThe Formentera Council (CiF) Office of Transport has clinched an agreement for 2016-17 with the local association of taxi drivers (Associació de Taxistes de Formentera) regarding the local action plan for summertime drivers. “Our goal going into this year’s talks was to improve on the previous plan,” said transport councillor Rafael González, “and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve gone from five seasonal permits to eight.” In addition to providing more driver permits, the new agreement extends the service period from three to four months and allows for an expanded range of driving hours.  

González pointed out that “in 2014 and 2015, seasonal drivers began June 15 and finished September 15,” while this year and next “the summer season will go from the start of June through the end of September.” He also highlighted the extended hours drivers would be allowed to operate – “the timetable has gone from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm to 9.00 am to 1.30 am next day.” The objective, explained González, was to “strike a balance between supply and demand to make sure the service given to residents and tourists was a quality one.” Also important was the task of preventing non-licensed cabs from eating away at the market.

Sustainable vehicles

Another feature of the revised action plan is the requirement that “25 per cent of seasonal taxis be hybrids,” said González, who called the move “a clear step” toward the goal of making local transport more sustainable. Under the new terms, two of the eight seasonal taxis must be hybrids.

Public bid

This week, the terms of the public bid will be published on the BOIB (the official bulletin of the Balearic Islands), after that, drivers will have ten days to present their applications. Applications will be accepted from taxi drivers with a permanent licence in addition to salaried employees that have worked as a driver in Formentera at least four months in the last two years.

Formentera puts €45,000 toward textbook grants

foto consell premsaThe Office of Education of the Formentera Council will set aside €45,000 for textbook grants this school year. CiF education councillor Susana Labrador announced the money would be used as “aid to underwrite new acquisitions for primary and secondary schools’ textbook reserves” as well as “individual grants for registered Formentera residents who are taking part in the 2015-16 early-childhood education course”. According to Labrador, “45 of these same grants were awarded last year”.

Deadline April 25

Detailed information, including the documentation that applicants must provide to the Council’s Citizen’s Information Office (OAC), is available at: http://www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=351&Itemid=437&lang=ca. The deadline for application submissions is April 25. For more information, please contact the Office of Culture, Education and Patrimony of the Formentera Council.

Sunday marks third year of 'De Far a Far' walk/run

cartell tercera edició de far a farThe Formentera Council (CiF) Office of Sport is proud to announce that the third annual De Far a Far – a 26km walk/footrace whose name, “From Lighthouse to Lighthouse”, refers to the trail – will take place this Sunday, April 10. As CiF sports councillor Jordi Vidal reported, walkers will set out from the Es Cap lighthouse at 9.00 am and runners will start two hours later. Both walkers and runners will follow the same trajectory, finishing in La Mola no later than 2.00 pm. Local sports club Grup Esportiu Espalmador also helped organise the event.

Bus pick-up and drop-off

Vidal stressed that participants must use buses provided by organisers to reach the starting point, which is in a protected area of the island with only limited parking available. Buses will leave La Savina at 7.45 am and 9.30 am, the Antoni Blanc Sports Centre at 8.00 am and 9.45 am and bar Es Cap at 8.15 am and 10 am. After the event buses will be available to take participants back to all three departure points.

Signups

Participants can sign up at www.formenterasport365.com until Friday April 8 at 9.00 pm. At present 250 individuals, both walkers and runners, have registered. Vidal encouraged Formentera residents to take part, underscoring that “this is a trail even non-professionals can do”. Registration (€20 for runners and €15 for walkers) includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, microchip-based tracking, medical assistance, insurance coverage, bus fare and cloakroom service.

Month-long activities programme marks Sant Jordi holiday

sant jordi2015 2The Formentera Council office of education and culture has announced the activities programme for this year’s Sant Jordi holiday. With events running from April 6 to May 6, Susana Labrador, councillor of the department, described the Diada de Sant Jordi as a favourite “not just for students, but for the entire island as well”. Kicking things off is a sampling of shorts from the 17th Short Film Festival of Soria, put together by the group Espai_F with Formentera Film Festival providing additional help. Screenings will take place Wednesday April 6 through Friday May 6 at 8.30 pm in the Casa del Poble and be presided over by festival director Javier Muñiz.

Friday April 8 at 5.30 pm in the Marià Villangómez library, Lídia Clua will lead a storytelling session for the island’s youngest. With a title that cleverly flips the Prince Charming idea on its head, Princeses Blaves i prínceps encantadors is the story of brave, dragon-slaying princesses and faint of heart princes. Then, on Thursday April 14, the little ones of the island are encouraged to take part in a Sant Jordi button-making workshop at the Sant Ferran library.

Saturday April 9, the T-Shock acting company will put on their production of the Balearic author Blai Bonet-penned show, Parasceve. With stage direction by Jeroni Obrador, the group pays tribute to a truly great poet. The production lasts 50 minutes and starts at 9.00 pm in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Friday, April 15, Formentera residents will be treated to a presentation of what has been dubbed “the cultural observatory for the Balearic Islands”. Formentera l’Arxipèlag was born of a desire to create a space for content production while also lending support to community movements and actors on the regional stage. Programme director Andreu Carles López Seguí will be on hand to explain all the details behind the Formentera l’Arxipèlag project. The presentation will begin at 8.30 pm in the Casa del Poble in la Mola.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, the kids will once again have their turn when the circus group Circ Bové pulls into town. With stops planned in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola, Es Cirquet is a bite-size spectacle full of magic, juggling and experimentation.

Monday, April 18, the municipal gallery of the old town hall will host Ramon Pérez Carrió’s pictoral exhibition La Baralla de les Meravelles (“The Marvellous Playing Cards”). Comprising 42 separate pieces, the show represents a round of the game naipes and is based on Ramon Llull’s literary work Llibre dels Meravelles. The exhibition starts at 8.00 pm and will be attended by the artist.

The action keeps coming on Thursday, April 21, with the premiere of Espai_F’s latest stage production, Perdius (“Partidges”). Employing a number of the different “languages” common to the stage, Perdius offers a microperspective of war and savageness as “local products”. The small-scale production will be performed Thursday April 21, Saturday 23 and Tuesday 26 in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema).

Friday April 22, Eivissa-native Ben Clark returns to Formentera to present his book Los últimos perros de Shackleton. Though originally released in Mexico in 2013, the book had remained unpublished in Spain until now. The author describes his current collection of poetry (which preceded his award-winning La fera) as a 70-page love story written from a multitude of different perspectives. The book presentation will take place at 8.00 pm in the Marià Villangómez library.

Book stands

The morning of Sant Jordi day, April 23, stands will be set up at plaça de la Constitució and stocked with free books donated from the library and other cultural associations on the island. Likewise, old books that are brought in will also be accepted as trades.

At 12 noon in the Marià Villangómez library, awards will be handed out to winners of the 17th Antoni Tur “Gabrielet” children's bookmark and Robert Lewis Baldown children's literature competitions. The event is a way to ensure the lasting, vibrant memory of two important local figures; one who left Formentera with a grand artistic legacy and the other to whom we owe thanks for his contribution to the island's international library. “The competitions were created to foment literary creativity and promote reading among young people,” the councillor said. Every year organisers set a different theme to inspire submissions, often letting current events guide their choices. This year's theme is «Music and me» («La música i jo»).

Fans of singer-songwriters can look forward to the event on Saturday, April 30. Hosted by the Talent Ib talent circuit and the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics, Leonmanso's approach to the craft is a unique one: he deftly skips back and forth between unmistakeably American sounds and the familiar stylings of traditional singer-songwriters, the result being a blend of folk-pop that smacks undeniably of...Menorca. In his songs, he narrates the commonalities of day-to-day living, snapshots of memories and emotions that evoke the experiences of Llure Marqués. He is scheduled to take the stage at 8.30 pm in the Casa del Poble (la Mola).

Friday, May 6, València's own Feliu Ventura will close out the Sant Jordi 2016 events calendar. A guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ventura has recently released a novel for younger audiences. Com un record d'infantesa (“Like a childhood memory”) has illustrations by Daniel Olmo and a story built around the figure of Ovidi Montllor.

All the events of Sant Jordi 2016 have been organised by the CiF office of culture with help from Formentera libraries. The Council wishes to highlight the special involvement of the island's early-childhood and primary schools, as well as help from the group of friends of Formentera's international library, Obra Cultural Balear de Formentera, Espai_F, Ràdio Illa and the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics.    

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