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Press release
Performing.  Avignon,  07/07/2016

The fifth edition of Avignon à la Catalane presents six performing arts proposals

For yet another year the Institut Ramon Llull is presenting Avignon à la Catalane, a programme that it has been promoting since 2012 in the context of the prestigious Avignon Festival OFF to bring the contemporary Catalan and Balearic scene to the public and professionals from France and all over the world. This year it has had the collaboration of the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics.

Sol Picó / 'One-hit wonders'

From 7th to 30th July, the 5th edition of Avignon à la Catalane will be presenting up to six proposals: Jordi Puntí and the Orquestra de Cambra de l’Empordà will be performing the musical show Concerto a Tempo d’umore, Sol Picó will perform One-Hit Wonders, and Hotel iocandi will present the show Esquerdes (Fêlures). Also on the bill are the companies Toc de Fusta, La Traverse/Hervé Petit and Théâtre du Mouvement.

Based on the success of previous editions, the Avignon à la Catalane project remains true to its original idea of opening up pathways for the international recognition of Catalan companies. This year’s artistic proposals all look very different, wishing to reflect the wealth and the vitality of the contemporary Catalan and Balearic scene.

In collaboration with CDC – Les Hivernales, this year Sol Picó’s company, one of the references in contemporary Catalan dance, will present the show One-Hit Wonders, which can be seen as part of the programme of L’été danse au CDC #5. The young company Hotel iocandi will take to Île Piot Esquerdes (Fêlures), a circus show that mixes balancing acts and music through three bodies that relate to one another in a constant tug of war.

In the field of object theatre, gesture, mime and music, the Balearic company Théâtre du Mouvement will be performing the emblematic work Encore une heure si courte, which was once again staged in 2014 in Majorca by director Claire Heggen and Majorcan actors Pau Bachero, Albert Mèlich and Alejandro Navarro.

Jordi Puntí and the Orquestra de Cambra de l’Empordà will be performing, for the second year running, the musical show Concerto a Tempo d’umore at the Théâtre Pandora, a soundtrack that compiles the best-known pieces by the most famous classical music composers in order to present it to the general public.

The festival will also be paying tribute to Catalan dramaturgy with the dramatized reading of the French translation (the work of Denise Boyer) of Dues dones que ballen, by Josep M. Benet i Jornet, by the company La Traverse/Hervé Petit, as part of the Rencontres sous chapiteau at the Théâtre des Halles. As part of the same initiative, the presence of the playwright Josep Maria Miró and the translator Laurent Gallardo is planned in Avignon for the get-together based on the work Mensonges, by the company Le Zephyr, and which will be held in the Maison Jean Vilar.

Moreover, given the ever-increasing importance that theatre has for spectators of all ages, the institute continues its collaboration with the Théâtr’enfants festival. The company Toc de Fusta will take Les amis de Crusoé to the festival, an installation of wooden objects in the open air that invites children to exercise their creativity through a collection of 20 mechanical games, an original proposal that is beginning to find the popularity abroad that it already enjoys in Catalonia.

For five years, the Institut Ramon Llull has been presenting Catalan performing arts companies at the Avignon le OFF festival with the aim of promoting and consolidating the presence of Catalan creators in France and the rest of the world. The accompaniment of as many as 23 companies since 202 has enabled a great variety of artists to experience the adventure of one of the largest festivals in Europe, thus creating strong complicity among artists and professionals establishing contacts with international programmers. Avignon à la Catalane wishes to make known to the French public and professionals the wealth, diversity and uniqueness of the contemporary Catalan scene.

For more information

Avignon à la Catalane showcases six Catalan proposals at the Avignon le OFF festival from 7th to 30th July

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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.
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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.
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