The Institut Ramon Llull presents a new Avignon à la Catalane, a programme that has been taking Catalan performing arts companies to Avignon le OFF for three years. The aim is to promote and consolidate the presence of Catalan creators in France and the rest of the world. This year there are five items on the programme: Sergi López and Jorge Picó with Livingstone 30/40; the Ytuquepintas company with Rêves de sable; KulbiK dance company with Cube; La Veronal / Lali Ayguadé with Portland and PSIRC with Acrometria. They bring up to 19 the number of theatre, dance and circus companies that have been presented to the French programmers as part of Avignon à la Catalane, with the support of the Institut Ramon Llull since 2012.
Sergi López, a familiar face to French audiences, and Jorge Picó will open the Catalan programme with Livingstone 30/40, a joint project that has brought them applause from audiences and critics alike. The Catalan programme has two dance items: the innovatory and singular hip hop of the KulbiK dance company, who will be presenting Cube, and the internationally renowned La Veronal with Lali Ayguadé presenting Portland. The circus also has a place on the programme with the spectacular Acrometria by the PSIRC company. And, lastly, theatre for all audiences with Rêves de sable (Dreams of sand) by the Ytuquepintas company and their surprising drawings on sand projected onto a screen.
Promoting the vitality and wealth of contemporary Catalan theatre calls for a sustained effort. Three years after the first event, Avignon à la Catalane has consolidated certain spaces and lines of cooperation. Such is the case of the Théâtre La Luna and CDC Les Hivernales, who have put on joint programmes, not forgetting the Midi-Pyrénées fait son cirque en Avignon team led by CIRCA, Le Lido and La Grainerie with whom the Institut Ramon Llull has undertaken the European project Autopistes. Circus Dissemination in association with Canadian and Northern European programmers.
This year, for the first time, the IRL will have a place of its own for the artists, programmers and press provided by Avignon Council at Maison Manon, 12 place des Carmes.
The festival will be held from 4 to 27 July as part of Avignon le OFF
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