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A Concert for Plants at the Barcelona Opera | Backstage Video

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • June 23, 2020

On Monday, June 22, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona Spain reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown ended and held its first performance. Instead of a human audience, 2,292 palms, ficus trees, and Swiss cheese plants filled the opera house’s red seats to listen to the string quartet play Giacomo Puccini’s “Crisantemi” (The Chrysanthemums). Here’s a video from this online live performance:

The UceLi Quartet performs Puccini’s “Crisantemi” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona Spain, in a reopening concert

This performance art piece, a collaboration with Madrid-based artist Eugenio Ampudia and the Max Estrella gallery, the concert was meant to reflect on humans’ relationship with nature. “I thought why don’t we go into the Liceu like weeds, take it over and let nature start growing everywhere and turn it into something alive even when there are no people,” Ampudia said in an interview.

After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director, and the curator Blanca de la Torre offered people a different perspective for society’s return to activity, a perspective that brings everyone closer to something as essential as people’s relationship with nature. After the concert, the plants are being donated with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 people who have been on the healthcare frontlines, in recognition of their work. As a part of the artistic performance, during the concert Ampudia produced pictures and a video of the performance. Both will be part of the Contemporary Art Collection of “la Caixa”.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona Spain, played host to nearly 3,000 plants as a part of its reopening concert


UceLi Quartet
Yana Tsanova, violin
Oleg Shport, violin
Claire Bobij, viola
Guillaume Terrail, violonchelo

Production Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona
Artistic Director Víctor García de Gomar
Sound Designer Juan Manuel Artero
Camera and Picture Pedro Albornoz
Editing and Postproduction Julia Latasa
Graphic Designer Andrés Mengs
Coordination María Platero
With the support of Flores Navarro
Executive production Galería Max Estrella, Gran Teatre del Liceu i Eugenio Ampudia.


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