Circus Arts | object theatre | visual theatre
- Tour dates:
07/20 - 22 Barcelona ES GREC cápsulas 01/08/09/10 Barcelona ES Mercat de les Flors
- Genre: Circus Arts | object theatre | visual theatre
- Web: Joan Català
10.6.2020 GREC festival in Barcelona will present scenes of 5.100 m/s in 2020
Joan Catalá spent his childhood in a family workshop, surrounded by the smell, sound and coldness of iron. He now turns this material into the centre of a circus, music, dance and theatre-of-objects show that evokes the craft work of artisans. In summer 2020, GREC festival Barcelona presents some scenes of this promising work which will be premiered in January 2021.
Because of the special circumstances under which the Grec 2020 Festival is being held, its artists have faced restrictions and obstacles to their work, including lack of time for proper rehearsals and the need for respecting social distancing between performers. These circumstances have affected their creations, but, for all that, the artists are still eager to share the result of their work with audiences, at least to the point they have so far been able to develop it.
Iron is the central element of 5.100 m/s and it is a direct reference to the world of crafts which also adds force to the production’s soundtrack. And that is because the title refers to the speed of sound through metal. This inorganic matter, a heavy material, which can become light, which is hard, but also ductile, is the show's star attraction. A series of characters speak to us, projecting diverse perspectives on a scene in transformation. Some make reference to risk using circus techniques, others evolve with the scene establishing movement-based dialogues and others stroll up and down carrying bars, tubes or metal planks with which they make sounds with their hands or drumsticks, thereby creating an artisan vibraphone on stage, for which various members of Frames Percussion, a Barcelona group dedicated to experimenting with percussion, are largely responsible. All that is accompanied by objects which, during the dialogue between the characters, end up becoming more than simple materials... The action takes place in a box surrounded by the audience, a space halfway between workshop and stage. This is a space of dialogue between human beings, objects and architecture itself, a space for trial and error where crafts people turn their trade into art and model beauty, to the blows of a hammer.
Now at GREC Festival, Barceona audience will see some scenes, we are looking forward to discover the whole work in early January 2021.
invites the spectators to join a unique physical, sonorous journey.
Joan Català spent his childhood in a family workshop, surrounded by the smell, sound and coldness of iron. He now turns this material into the centre of a circus, music, dance and theatre-of-objects show that evokes the craft work of artisans.
5100 m/s is the approximate speed of sound through metal.
The inorganic matter METAL is the protagonist of this piece.
At the workshop.
which is a place where you train your skills by trial and error,
a place of precision and detail.
Where beauty is forged at the blow of a hammer.
This performance unites three lines of work:
The manipulation of different objects (plates, tubes, tools, etc.) to create their own universe.
A choreography that interweaves acrobatics, balancing and dance while blurring the boundaries between them.
And finally, the composition of a unique soundscape of our own, with the aid of the contemporary percussionist group, Frames Percussion, who will play live, while co-existing with and supporting the other two aspects of the work.
Any intention beyond this would be to quite simply provide the spectator with a physical, sonorous journey. A unique moment in which the performers that enable this, do so by going beyond the idea of ‘skills’; thus drawing from the wide range of emotions that derive from being totally immersed in a task that is being carried out to the best of one’s abilities.
Production planning messed up a bit - due to the effects of Corona. Instead of having the premiere at GREC 2020, Joan Cataà now presents some extracts at GREC 2020 and he calls these extracts "taste of 5.100 m/s". The premiere will be postponed to 2021 Jan 8 / 9 / 10 at Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona.
Joan Català (1978, Barcelona) is a curious observer interested in visual art and movement. His family history related to metallurgy and craft work nourish him and is an important pillar in his way of concieving performing arts. Català understands the stage as a space for dialogue between humans, objects and the environment where game and work melt together with the tools, experiences and ideas that each of us bring. Studies and trainings in plastic arts and contemporary dance, physical theater and clown with different professionals. In 2012, after several collaborations, Català starts to develop his own approach around scenic arts. Since 2013, he is touring worldwide with Pelat.
director / choreographer
Joan Català, Iris Heitzinger
Miquel Vich + Ruben Martinez (Frames Percussion) Gerard Valverde
Joe Luis Redondo
Joana Serra, Guillem Gelabert
photography + video
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Jordi Casanovas, Elena Carmona, Pablo Carratalà i Tallers Juan Català
hangars, industrial sites, dance venues
min 8x8 m/ height 6 m
+ 1 day of set up
seats on 3 sides
ca 75 minutes
team on tour
1 tech director
300 - 600
(depending on venue)
GREC Barcelona ES
Mercat de les Flors Barcelona ES
with support of
Mercat de les Flors
Barcelona, Mercat de les Flors 2021
(extracts: Barcelona, GREC 2020)
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residences 2019 - 2020
Cal Gasol, Mataro
Roca Humbert, Granollers
Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona
Konvent.0, Cal Rosal
El Graner, Barcelona
residences + support 2017 - 2018
L’Auditori de Barcelona