Barcelona : the opera house reopens its doors with more than 2000 plants as spectators

The lights come on, the curtain rises and a string quartet begins to play. But the return to normality is only apparent at the Grand Theater of the Liceu of Bar

Barcelona : the opera house reopens its doors with more than 2000 plants as spectators

The lights come on, the curtain rises and a string quartet begins to play. But the return to normality is only apparent at the Grand Theater of the Liceu of Barcelona, where the seats are occupied... by 2.292 plants.

After months of silence, the iconic theater is back in business on Monday with a metaphor of the months of confinement during which the nature has resumed its rights. Ficus trees, palm trees: 2292 plants occupied the parterre, the amphitheatre and the three floors of the balconies of the iconic hall of barcelona, the green contrasting with the red of the chairs and the gold of the columns.

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On stage, a string quartet has interpreted the Chrysanthemums of the Italian Giacomo Puccini with just as much professionalism as a normal public. Imagined by the artist Eugenio Ampudia, this show was to invite the human beings to reflect on the "sustainability" and their "relations with nature". The idea came to him during the confinement listening to the birds singing, louder than ever, and seeing the plants near his house to grow more vigorously. "I said to myself : why not enter the Liceu, such as weeds, colonize, and that the nature starts to push around in order to transform it into something living, even when there's nobody there ?", explained Mr. Ampudia at a press conference.

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It is "a visual poem which, at the same time, is a metaphor that is subtle, which gives us back the smile" was described by the artistic director of the Liceu, Víctor García de Gomar. The concert was broadcast live on the website of the theatre so that interested people can relay it to their plants at home. "This is a concert like any other and we respect the audience as during all events conducted at the Liceu," said Eugenio Ampudia.

"I think that all of these plants, within themselves, in their cells, in their photosynthesis, incorporate now the fact that they participated in this concert", he added. After the concert, all the plants will be given to health professionals who have struggled in recent months against the new coronavirus that has killed more than 28.300 people in Spain.

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watering these plants? Charge of the light necessary for their "breathing" (photosynthesis)?The gardeners had replaced the artists...

dessolesle 22/06/2020 at 22:48

I don't know if I'm going to wake up of a horrible nightmare or the human being saw his brain liquefy at the speed of this pseudo artist delusional... That a theatre such as the liceo lends itself to this mockery hysterical well pensance debile and far-fetched shows the state of decay of our western civilization that will not withstand the superior Russian and chinese, they, do not fall in the flagellation mortifere...

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Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 06:47

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