Fira Tàrrega | 2019
Nina Solà: "And also, on the one hand, the desire to want to work theatre and audiovisual work together, and on the other hand, we wanted to make a proposal of new dramaturgy and work with a space and a position of the spectator different from those we are accustomed to."
06 September: 22:00 (Cat)
07 September: 20:00 (Cast), 23:00 (Cast)
08 September: 20:30 (Cat)
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The audiovisual and multidisciplinary artistic collective which uses live arts as the ideal experimentation context for its projects. In this case, a party, the first approach to electronic music. The primal pulse, the beat... Everything beats to the same rhythm. Boom, boom boom... until you jump in. An immersive choreographic experience that explores the multiple stages of a techno party and the connections between the concepts associated with electronic music and the experience of falling in love. The first contact, the approach, the shyness, the insecurity; but also the expectation, the nerves, the certainty that something is about to happen and that, when it does, unleashes absolute euphoria. #Community #GenerationalAxis
Hi Nina, thank you for talking to TNC, are you ready for Fira Tàrrega?
Nina Solà (Director): Hi, thanks for the interview. Yes! On Monday 26th we start rehearsals again. It's the last week before Tàrrega, we are very excited. We will rehearse at El Graner, a beautiful arts factory in Zona Franca in Barcelona. They collaborate with us and Fira Tàrrega and they offer us their space to work these last days.
With this being the premiere of La Festa (The Party) will there be any nerves ahead of the festival?
Yes, we're nervous but excited at the same time. We've been working on the show for almost a year and we really want to share the work with the public.
Sometimes, creation processes are long and hard and you can end up losing the perspective and especially in this project where the participation and role of the viewer is indispensable. But now is the time to be able to share it and we really want to receive feedback and make the piece evolve.
As theatremakers what does it mean for you to be able to bring La Festa (The Party) to such a unique theatre festival?
Fira Tàrrega has been and is the Festival of reference in our environment. We have grown up seeing their proposals and, therefore, it is an honour to be able to premiere the work in Tàrrega.
When we started the creative process, we were clear that we wanted Fira de Tàrrega to be our accomplice. We presented ourselves in his "Support the creation" program, where they offer a process of monitoring and co-production to companies that are being created, and they selected us. To be able to be a part of Support the creation has been the impetus that has allowed us to reach here and make the work grow, also, at the same time, we have been able to continue developing the creation through the creation residence we did to Roca Umbert Fàbrica de les arts and also, as I have already mentioned, what we will do next week at the Graner.
Can you tell me a little bit about La Festa (The Party), how did this production come about?
On the one hand, thanks to a friend close to the creation of electronic music, I approached this type of music. Also, I wanted to talk about love and, suddenly, I found that love could be like an electronic music party.
"...thanks to these open trials, we have been able to change, re-think and make new proposals that involve the viewer to achieve a more complete journey."
From this phrase, we decided to start working.
We found a group of people from both the theatrical and the audiovisual world with the desire to experience the union of the two formats and, from this point of departure, we began to draw a drama with Ferran Echegaray as the dramaturg and Jordi Font as our principal actor.
We wanted it to be a creation that would break the Italian Theatre format, and at the same time, that involved the audience with participation and that this involvement would happen on stage.
We were selected for a creative residency at the Estruch Sabadell creation factory and we started rehearsing.
What was the inspiration behind La Festa (The Party)?
Inspiration arose from the union of wanting to talk about love through a party.
And also, on the one hand, the desire to want to work theatre and audiovisual work together, and on the other hand, we wanted to make a proposal of new dramaturgy and work with a space and a position of the spectator different from those we are accustomed to.
What is the most challenging aspect of creating and bringing an immersive show to a festival audience?
You never know what will happen.
We have been creating this for a year and it is surprising to think that most of the actions and situations we think are a hypothesis of how we believe the audience will react during the show.
During the creative progress we have done four open rehearsals to the public and it has been very interesting to analyze how different the experience of living La Festa can be, depending on the energy that the public contributes. Also, thanks to these open trials, we have been able to change, re-think and make new proposals that involve the viewer to achieve a more complete journey.
How much will the show change during the festival?
It is a show that varies every run through.
It is clear that we make some proposals where everything is synchronised and ordered, but at the same time, we must be aware that the work only advances with the presence of the viewer and it is very important that we drink from what they are offering , therefore, some of their contributions can be things that we recover in a future show.
Tàrrega will be the premiere of the show and we know that things can happen that make us change or re-think part of the piece.
Have you always had a passion for theatre?
My training is not specifically theatrical, it has always been one of my passions along with the cinema but I decided to study film and audiovisual, specialising in documentary.
After finishing my studies, I felt that I needed to recover the theatre somehow and from there the need arose to create a project that fits the two arts.
Has your approach and style of theatre changed much since your debut?
The truth is that it is our first collective creation but it has been very easy to fit the style since the production, as I mentioned, is born from the desire to work together and experiment in new stage formats.
Do you have any advice you would offer a fellow theatre maker?
It is hard to take a theatrical production ahead, economic conditions are very difficult at the moment. Especially patience, trust and work with a team where there is always a balance between work and esteem.
And finally, what do you want you Fira Tàrrega audiences to take away from La Festa (The Party)?
Especially a lot of celebration and a journey through the complex path of love.