Music Theatre

disPLACE

Urban development in Barcelona 2015

Helena Tornero / Raquel García-Tomás / Joan Magrané Figueras /  Peter Pawlik / PHACE

A production by MUSIK­THEATERTAGE WIEN
in conjunction with Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, Barcelona

 

Text/libretto
Helena Tornero

Music
Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané Figuera

Staging
Peter Pawlik

Stage design
Alexandra Burgstaller

Light design
Harald Michlits

Dramaturgy
Georg Steker

Singers
Elena Copons (soprano)
Sébastien Soules (baritone)

Ensemble
PHACE

The Center of Barcelona gentrifies through tourism business and changes the traditional cultural and social tissue. A “first wave” of forced restructuring of houses through real-estate developers as new owners pressed residents either to buy renovated space at overprized rates or leave the place altogether. Those who bought new apartments with mortgages running up to 30 years were soon after confronted with the so called “bubble burst”: 40% loss of the condominium’s value combined with increasing cases of unemployment because of the economic crisis caused numerous suicides. Only the banks were saved through the ESM European Stability Mechanism, widely seen and criticized as a financial “rescue parachute” for banks. Tourism serves a “next bubble”. Apartments in the city’s central area rise and are let as expensive accommodations for tourists (e.g. “airbnb”) Traditional commerce is replaced by tourist-aimed shops. La Boqueria, the central market hall, landmark spot in Spain is suffocated by tourist oriented changings. Tourists have a “special life/special interest” which is very different from real residential populations. The ancient Barceloneta has already changed into a mono-culture of tourism. There are doubts whether some of the new shops in such tourism- “gentrified” areas serve as money-laundries to criminal organizations.

Two Catalan composers, Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, will draw a musical picture from two controvers angles to the identical same story and topic. Especially with this global phenomenon, everything seems to be a question of personal position, to either profit from ongoing political and economic decisions of the free market or to be discriminated by it.

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Event Dates

September 2015
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    Project
    Location
  • 01.Sep.2015 20:00

    disPLACE | Tornero / García-Tomás / Magrané Figuera - PREMIERE

    Vienna, Werk X

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

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  • 06.Sep.2015 20:00

    disPLACE | Tornero / García-Tomás / Magrané Figuera

    Vienna, Werk X

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
  • 05.Sep.2015 20:00

    disPLACE | Tornero / García-Tomás / Magrané Figuera

    Vienna, Werk X

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
  • 11.Sep.2015 22:00

    disPLACE | Tornero / García-Tomás / Magrané Figuera

    Vienna, Werk X

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
  • 08.Sep.2015 20:00

    disPLACE | Tornero / García-Tomás / Magrané Figuera

    Vienna, Werk X

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
December 2016
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    Location
  • 22.Dec.2016 20:00

    disPLACE

    Barcelona, Arts Santa Monica

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
  • 21.Dec.2016 20:00

    disPLACE

    Barcelona, Arts Santa Monica

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
February 2017
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    Location
  • 18.Feb.2017 20:30

    disPLACE

    Madrid, Tetra Real / Sala negra

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
  • 19.Feb.2017 18:30

    disPLACE

    Madrid, Tetra Real / Sala negra

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more
  • 17.Feb.2017 20:30

    disPLACE

    Madrid, Tetra Real / Sala negra

    disPLACE is a chamber opera by the composers Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané Figuera, with a libretto by the playwright Helena Tornero. The creation is a production by the Musiktheatertage Wien Festival and Opera de Butxaca i Nova Creació de Barcelona. Now is premiered in Barcelona and will be staged at Teatro Real, Madrid, next February 2017.

    Read more