In the depths of winter, the Bell Square events take a break. On these cold, dark February days, my mind often wanders back to the balmy days of summer when we were out on the Square, remembering some of the shows, having chats with the audience, and working with some truly lovely artists. And it also wanders back sometimes to the little things that, just occasionally, didn’t go quite to plan…
Guixot de 8 is a Spanish company that make street games. Using recycled materials, they make original games in their workshop in Barcelona. They pack the games into a van and go wherever they are invited. They then set up the games in the street and play with anyone who wants to try their hand.
Across Europe, there are many festivals of outdoor arts. One of the biggest and most spectacular is Fira Tàrrega. Every September, this tiny Catalan town in Northern Spain plays host to an extraordinary array of outdoor theatre, dance and circus. With roots dating back to the 1930s, Fira Tàrrega attracts thousands of artists, audiences and programmers from across the world. The annual trip to Tàrrega feels like a pilgrimage to the spiritual home of outdoor arts.
Intro When Teatr Biuro Podróży premiered their new show, Silence, in 2016, I did wonder what to expect. It was described as a sequel to their earlier show, Carmen Funebre – or Funeral Song. Carmen Funebre was a show about the impact of war on civilians as the former Yugoslavia broke up in the 1990s. It was a mighty piece of theatre, uncompromising and searing in its impact. It is also known as one of the most legendary pieces of outdoor arts ever made. So, would this sequel live up to its predecessor’s reputation?