Highlands is the show that closes the Bach Project, a scenic proposal where the J.S. Bach music dialogues with movement, text and audiovisuals. 

A choral piece for a performance space. Fourth part of the tetralogy.

After over a decade exploring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Mal Pelo presents Highlands, the last piece in their tetralogy inspired by his music. Highlands is the fruition of the work created and matured in the previous pieces (Bach, On Goldberg Variations/Variations and Inventions), in which we analysed, listened and visualised more deeply the structures, harmonies, voices and development of the music of J.S. Bach. This study, over many years, has inspired questions, curiosity and many hours of research into the dialogue between dance and baroque counterpoint music.

Highlands is a piece of work on the search for spirituality and the mundane, on unanswered questions, the temporal paradox of humanity faced with the deep time of history.

A journey in sound and images in which the spectator feels the strength of the group in the space, the presence of the individual, and where the mingling of different disciplines conjures a plural body, open to being inhabited and influenced.

 Sacred, solemn, vital, sometimes worldly and with touches of the surreal, Highlands is a dance piece but also a spiritual refuge constructed from the music of Bach in dialogue with that of other composers: Henry Purcell, György Kurtág, Ärvo Part, Benjamin Britten and Friedrich Handel. Words erupt in the midst of the dance and music with texts by John Berger, Erri de Luca and Nick Cave.

Mal Pelo creates a blend of elements woven together in a thoughtful, intense piece performed by an exceptional cast.

A project for 16 performers: 8 dancers, 4 singers and a string quartet.

Directors María Muñoz and Pep Ramis / Directors assistants Leo Castro, Federica Porello / Creation and performing Pep Ramis, María Muñoz, Federica Porello, Leo Castro, Zoltan Vakulya, Miquel Fiol, Enric Fàbregas, Ona Fusté / Musical Directors Quiteria Muñoz and Joel Bardolet / String Quartet Joel Bardolet, violin; Jaume Guri, violin; Masha Titova, viola, and Daniel Claret, cello. Voice Quartet: Quiteria Muñoz, soprano; David Sagastume, countertenor; Mario Corberán, tenor, and Giorgio Celenza, bass / Music Johann Sabastian Bach, Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, György Kurtág, Benjamin Britten, Georg Friedich Haendel / Texts Nick Cave, John Berger, Erri de Luca.

Soundscape Fanny Thollot / Lighting August Viladomat and Irene Ferrer / Set Design Kike Blanco /Wardrobe Carme PuigdevalliPlantés /  Video Editing Leo Castro /  Technical Director Irene Ferrer/ Sound Technician Andreu Bramon / Set Technician Genís Cordomí / Photo Tristán Pérez-Martín.

Production Mal Pelo / Co-production Mercat de les Flors; Théâtre de l’Archipel – Scène Nationale de Perpignan; Théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne de Toulouse;  ICEC – Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya; Teatre Principal de Palma, Consell Insular; Festival de Otoño, Comunidad de Madrid; Temporada Alta – Festival Internacional d’Arts Escèniques/ Creation Residence Théâtre de l’Archipel – Scène Nationale de Perpignan / With the collaboration Théâtre de l’Archipel – Scène Nationale de Perpignan, Théâtre des Quatre Saisons de Gradignan – Scène Conventionnée, Teatre Principal de Palma de Mallorca, L’animal a l’esquena – Centre de Creació de Celrà.

Production: Gemma Massó, Mamen Juan-Torres /International relations:  Anso Raybaut. 

Acknowledgments: Eduard Teixidor, Yves Berger


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