The collapse of the world turns into a circus in the Grec

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In full swing, the circus is gaining momentum. And it does so with a production in which the young talents of the Catalan circus denounce the collapse situation where you are today our world. It is State of emergency, a large format montage full of acrobatics and stories which will be seen from today until Thursday at the Mercat de les Flors within the Grec festival. And then it will go to 15 theaters throughout Catalonia.

A scene from ‘State of Emergency’, the first National Circus Production, at the Mercat de les Flors (Marta Garcia Cardellach)







A unusual figure and that it is possible thanks to the fact that it is the first National Production of Circ, carried out within the plan to promote the sector promoted by the Generalitat to make visible the growing young talent of a long forgotten sector and bring it closer to the general public.


The montage gives voice to the generation of circus artists in their 20s and 30s to talk about a world that is collapsing

Director of State of emergency, Joan Ramon Graellacknowledges that confinement has made rehearsal difficult and forced devise stunts at a distanceBut he believes that rarely will the public feel so identified when entering a production: “It gives voice to the generation of circus artists between the ages of 20 and 30 to speak about a world that is collapsing.”

An instant of 'State of emergency', first National Circus Production, in the Flower Market

An instant of ‘State of emergency’, first National Circus Production, in the Flower Market (Marta Garcia Cardellach)




And he recalls that in October, when the project began with the seven young interpreters from the Rogelio Rivel school – five of whom made their professional debut – “it was about talking about a economic, housing, relational, generational collapse. But then came the collapse of the virus. ”










To be coherent, they have tried that the work not only has a position on the world but that it puts it on the scene, and that there is gender parity or that all the elements of the piece are sustainable, from the costumes made from plastic rescued from the sea to the scenography, with material from which the traps are made and that will allow them to be delivered later to the schools. “In this great dialogue of society we must change the chip“, Stresses.

A scene from 'State of Emergency', the first National Circus Production, at the Mercat de les Flors

A scene from ‘State of Emergency’, the first National Circus Production, at the Mercat de les Flors (Marta Garcia Cardellach)




Acrobat trained in Barcelona and Brussels, Graell explains that on stage there will be a Chinese hanger, trapeze, acrobatic poses, slackline or scale and that all the material of the piece “comes from his seven interpreters, from his experiences, his memory, the love, the Rage, the labor overexploitation”.


The circus performers have today, denounces the director, income less than 10,000 euros annual, “below the border of poverty”

In that sense, he concludes, “State of emergency It is the expression that defines the present and future of many circus artists today, a hard time, contracts are canceled everywhere, there is no security. ” Circus performers have today, complaint, income less than 10,000 euros annually, “below the border of poverty.” But, he remarks, “the montage goes from the contemplation at want to live, and explore what we can do. “



Three performers of 'State of Emergency', first National Circus Production, in the Mercat de les Flors

Three performers of ‘State of Emergency’, first National Circus Production, in the Mercat de les Flors (Marta Garcia Cardellach)




Graell congratulates himself lastly that in this Grec festival there has been a circus like that of Alba Sarraute and that of Joan Català, and that there has also been at Cruïlla XXS. “It is a good example of the muscle of this art, we deserve an exhibition next to the other performing arts. Now we have this first National Circus Production. Hopefully it is not the last ”, he concludes.



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