[Spain] The dreams of composer Claude Debussy
“Monsieur Croche” tells the story of an imaginary dream where the composer Claude Debussy and his wife Emma Bardac travel to a fantasy island. There they will find a magic world inhabitated by sirens, exotic birds, big insects and other enchanted beings that will bring inspiration to Debussy to write new musical songs. Based on this experience, the couple then goes back to Belle Époque Paris, where Debussy publicizes his music throughout the world and throughout the years.
1. Serenade for the doll (Children’s Corner) L 113
2. Rêverie, L 68
3. L’isle Joyeuse, for piano, L 106
4. Arabesques for piano, L 66 No. 1
5. Pagodes (Estampes 1) L 100
6. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum (Children’s Corner) L 113
7. Preludes, Book I, L 117 No.5 “Les collines d’Anacapri”
8. Preludes, Book I, L 117 No.8 “La fille aux cheveux de lin”
9. Arabesques for piano, L. 66: No. 2 in G major
10. Golliwog’s Cakewalk (Children’s Corner) L113
11. Suite Bergamasque, for piano, L 75 No. 3 “Clair de lune”
La companyia del príncep Totilau
Drawing its name from one of the characters of Alfred Jarry’s play “Ubu roi”, Ca l’Ubú, SL is a theatre production company dedicated to producing public shows for families and children.
Since the founding of the company in 2007, we have produced seven shows in collaboration with the companies “La companyia del príncep Totilau” (theatre) and the “El ballet imperial de la reina Rosamunda” (dance). The first of them, called “Seis Juanes”, was based on the tales of the writer Carles Riba and was co-produced with Teatre Nacional de Catalunya. The second one, named after William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, consisted of a performance aimed at making the work of the famous English writer accessible to the broad public. The production counted with the support of the theatre festival “Temporada Alta-Festival de Tardor de Catalunya” and was awarded with the Best Staging Prize of the “Vall d’Albaida”’s Puppet Festival (Valencian Community, 2010). Moreover, the same performance has been played in other renowned festivals such as the FETEN and the Classic Theatre Festival at Almagro. “Caballito de cartón” was another performance that was released in 2010. It was based on the poems of different authors and won the Bòtil’s Prize (2010) awarded by the Balearic Islands’ Government and the entity “Sa Xerxa”. In August 2012 we launched a new coproduction with Aurora’s Theatre named “El país del pan con tomate”. It consisted of a humorous show and was addressed to a family audience. In 2012 we established a new dance company named “El ballet imperial de la reina Rosamunda”, through which we created a show based on Frederic Mompou’s music named “Escenas de niños”. In Summer 2014 we launched our first street performance, called “El lobo feroz. It is a show where one of the most recurrent characters in Europe’s folk tales — the Bad Wolf— is suddenly brought to trial for his evil deeds!
More recently, in the Summer of 2016 we released “Monsieur Croche”, a visual theatre performance that was staged with Claude Debussy’s live music. The show will be played throughout this year in a highly prestigious cultural institution named “CaixaForum”. In addition to all these performances we also create new ones upon request. To put an example of this, in March 2009 we released the concert “Un té a la menta” in Barcelona’s CaixaForum. This audition counted with the Barcelona’s Arab Orchestra and the musical direction of Jordi Vallespí, while we were responsible for the staging and the dramaturgy. Another example was “Al arca a las ocho”, a show of the German playwrighter Ulrich Hub. We took charge of the stage direction, while Fundació Xarxa was responsible for the production. The show was played for the first time in the theatre festival “Temporada Alta-Festival de Tardor de Catalunya” and was also played in Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (2010-2011 season). In May 2011 we launched Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona). The company IT Dansa was responsible for the performance.
Last, in the season 2014/2015 we directed the production “¡Oh, el amor!”, an opera written by Mario Ros and produced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona). The show was commissioned by this theatre as part of its educative project named “Ópera en secundaria” (“Opera at High School”). In 2017 we will be in charge of staging the concert “Los colores del metal”, produced by L’Auditori de Barcelona and Pep Gol’s music.”.
Cast & Crew
Actors: Jordi Hervàs, Clara Dalmau, Ares Piqué
Pianist: Olga Kobekina
Puppets, objects, and costume design: Martí Doy
Dressmaking: Carles Solé, Eugeni Caireta
Scenography: Marc Hervàs
Video: John Feeney
Technician: Gerard Custey
Artistic and Dramaturgic Direction: Marc Hervàs
Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.