“Humankind is nothing else but a constellation of ephemeral stars.” Joan Brossa, Catalan poet
What is it about bubbles? There is something hypnotic about those quivering spheres made from soapy water; we watch, wondering when they are going to burst. It seems fitting with the nature of the festive season—with all its ephemera—that one of the big shows running in the coming weeks in Barcelona is this one, in which blowing bubbles is the main attraction. However, these are no ordinary bubbles. Pep Bou is an experienced theatre performer, mime artist and director who first stepped on stage in the Seventies. It was in the early Eighties that he started his career working with bubbles and pushing the possibilities of what can be done with them. Since then, he has performed in theatres and at festivals around the world, and won a number of significant prizes for his unusual form of entertainment. Here Bou seeks to combine that entertainment with experimentation, as he brings in helium, sulphur hexafluoride (which has a similar effect to helium when you breathe it in, except that it makes your voice go low rather than high) and carbon dioxide to the more traditional elements of his soap bubble shows. Please note, this show is not aimed at children.