Teatre de la Gleva opens its doors to a new and unique concept in Barcelona
The theater will open on October 19 to offer artists the opportunity to do the performances they’ve “always wanted to do”
A new theater opens its doors in Barcelona on October 19. The Teatre de la Gleva, named after the quaint street it’s located on, promises to offer a wide range of activities, performances, and possibilities.
One of the promoters of the space, journalist Albert De La Torre, explained that the theater will offer a space for people to come to “experiment,” one where they can “offer different things” that isn’t usually “part of the theater circuit of the city.”
Indeed, theater-goers will be able to enjoy all kinds of performances with a variety of formats, from music, literature and theater, including many hybrid projects. De La Torre detailed that this is where audiences will be able to see both the greats and the up-and-coming in Catalan theater.
To promote female participation across all formats and all generations
Program coordinator Júlia Simó spoke of the inclusiveness and diversity that will make this space so unique. It will “include all types of formats, all types of work processes,” said Simó, adding that it will be “for all types of generations.” The program coordinator also stated that they will also work to “promote female participation.”
The show “they’ve always wanted to do”
Teatre de la Gleva is positioning itself to be a place of opportunity – even for those who have already made a name for themselves. For instance, an established creator, director, or actor could “come here to do the show they’ve always wanted to do,” explained Simó. Indeed, she revealed that there are already “various renowned artists” who have confirmed they will do just that.
"It's dedicated to spectators who don’t care about size, but who instead care about quality"
Albert De La Torre · Promoter of the space
Small of size but with big aspirations
The space may be cozy, but what it offers in terms of technology, De La Torre says, is big. The promoter explained that the cultural hub has “very good” lighting, sound, and audiovisual projection technology, and a room that works well for audience and acoustics. The productions there, De La Torre added, may be “small of size,” but with “big aspirations, dedicated to spectators who don’t care about size, but who instead care about quality.”
Poetry, illusion, classical music and satire
The shows offered from October to December 2017 include the musical comedy Mali Vanili, lo nostre no funciona, the show No more Shakespeare, the illusion piece La Maga Gisell i la col·lecció Roca, the masked performance Tango a la hora de la siesta, the satire Hem vingut aquí and the space for reflection called El Teatro de los libros. Classical music will also be performed by up-and-coming talent, the repertoire including works by Catalan composers related to local poetry.
To kick off the performance space, the first season will feature performances by artists from different disciplines. The names like Angel Pavlovsky will take to this stage, with a “special” performance, as well as Mario Gas, Elisa Crehuet, Xavier Ruano, Ramon Simó, Joan Ollé, and Sisa.
Open first thing in the morning
The Teatre de la Gleva, situated in a building from the early 20th century, will have a capacity of up to 120 people and they plan to receive one-person shows or with a maximum of 3 actors. The diverse team of promoters includes, along with Albert De La Torre, composer Bárbara Granados, lighting designer Rafa Puig-Samper, and producer Juli Modesto. During the day, the Teatre de la Gleva will be open to the public from 9 am as a bookstore, café, reading and social gathering space.