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Press release
Performing.  Barcelona,  07/05/2014

Carles Santos:'After performing all round the world, I realise that Barcelona is the city that has given me the most intense moments'

The pianist and composer Carles Santos and the choreographer and dancer Pere Faura have analysed the situation of the Catalan performing arts in the world with the director of the Mudances company, Àngels Margarit. The encounter took place as part of the Diàlegs al Llull.

The veteran composer said: “With the passage of time and the perspective of the years, after performing all around the world, I realise that Barcelona is the city that has given me the most intense moments of my stage career”. Santos was critical of the present situation: “We are living through a historical time with scant cultural sensibility, and therefore it is increasingly difficult to find commitment to creativity and freedom of expression, shunning the logics of the market and consumption”.

Margarit agreed with the criticism: “We want to internationalise our performing arts but first we have to nationalise them, in other words, manage to have them better valued here at home”. However, she also stressed the importance for performers to have an opportunity to go abroad: “It is important for a Catalan performer to be able to go abroad and take root there in some way, to get involved in another culture and another way of understanding the world of performance”.

For his part Pere Faura explained that “there is less and less financing for doing research and producing new ideas for performing… There are only small budgets for putting on and programming shows. And this situation ends up imposing its own law. In my case that means that I put on small format shows”.  Along the same lines, Carles Santos warned that the younger generations “are having and will have a hard time”.

The Diàlegs al Llull offer creators and cultural players who are known abroad with an open window for debating the new ideas, tendencies and challenges of Catalan culture, from literature, thought, language, music, cinema, theatre, architecture, design and the visual arts. An occasional cultural event open to all sectors and all publics. Conceived as small format conversations, the idea is to have a fortnightly meeting at IRL headquarters of artists, writers, translators, teachers, in short, the international ambassadors of Catalan language and culture.

In a conversation with Pere Faura and Àngels Margarit as part of the Conversations at the Llull

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The Institut Ramon Llull is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.
Generalitat de Catalunya Govern de les Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona
The IRL forms part of the Fundació Ramon Llull, which was established by the Government of Andorra, the Ramon Llull Institute, General Council of the Eastern Pyrenees, the city of Alghero, Balearic Islands Towns and Entities Network and the group of Valencian Cities, and has its central offices in Andorra.
Fundació Ramon Llull