Claim your place I + P
Don’t you find that checking the ‘what’s on’ pages in the local papers these days can be a disheartening activity? All those sequels and television series rehashed for the big screen showing at the cinema, various plays returning to the stage after travelling the world for a few years and seemingly endless musicals based on ‘hit’ pop songs. Where’s the novelty? Where’s the risk-taking? What about those of us who like our creative experiences to be a little more challenging?
Well, this month, we can get our fix at the latest edition of the Festival TNT (standing for Terrassa Noves Tendències or Terrassa New Trends), which is dedicated to dance and multidisciplinary arts. For a start, it takes place in the town of Terrassa, about half an hour to the north of Barcelona. Now, at some point we’ve all cried off from going to a show just because it was a bit tricky to get to on the Metro, so the first part of the adventure is getting out there. You can either take the train (both Renfe and the FGC run services between Barcelona and Terrassa) or drive (the quickest route is through the Túnels de Vallvidrera, although you will have to pay a toll of about €3 either way).
This year, TNT features five shows premiering in Spain, thus providing guaranteed novelty factor. Sudden Death of a Dancer is the work of Austrian Daniel Aschwanden—it describes a series of deaths in a public space and is performed by a group of actors who are all volunteers and have no previous experience on stage. Claim Your Place I + P is a video-performance installation that explores concepts of space while in (des) Variaciones Goldberg, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma takes to a stage formed of 2,000 kilogrammes of salt. Another unusual venue has been chosen by German choreographer Juschka Weigel, who will dance the second of his TNT shows, Tears in Ass, in the window of the shop Milar Paloma. Arguably the only blip on the originality radar is Èdip Rey del Pop, yet another production dedicated to Michael Jackson.