La Fura dels Baus is eccentricity, innovation, adaptation, rhythm, evolution and transgression. Such characteristic and unique essence led the company to pioneer the reconceptualization of two of the most significant aspects of the dramatic art: the theatrical space and the public. Thus, respectively, they redefined the space by moving it to non-conventional ones – and changed the public role from passive to active, which meant a breaking of the “fourth wall”. And it is that there is no creation without risk – a compiled premise from the beginning, since their first street shows, where the authentic essence of La Fura was born.
The incessant curiosity and the need to explore new artistic trends have developed, through a process of collective creation, a unique language, style and aesthetic. Nowadays, this is called “Furan language”, which has been implemented in different artistic genres, such as opera, cinema and large-scale performances.
The ability to bind and adapt carnality and mysticism, nature and artifice, rudeness and sophistication, primitivism and technology, in every performance, has given La Fura dels Baus its international success and prestige.


M.U.R.S. - an interactive smart show
Public Seminar: Born from the streets: The theatre of La Fura dels Baus in the last 30 years

Understand the vision and development of La Fura dels Baus
La Fura dels Baus (LFDB) is a theatre company born during dark socio-political rule in Spain. Working since 1979, LFDB went from being a street theatre company reacting to the end of a 40-year obscurantist dictatorship and the drafting of the Spanish Constitution to becoming one of the most-sought-after companies in the world. For 35 years and counting, they have produced works that pierce through socio-political change of Spain and the world.
Now hailed as one of the most innovative theatre companies in the world, they have created a punk, post-modernist theatre language (the “Furan language”) that revolutionized the role of audiences in a performance.  Their production in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games demonstrated to the world the power of theatre and has since became a benchmark for the opening ceremony of the most important event of the world.  LFDB has also sculpted edgier images for large brands Mercedes, BMW, Pepsi, etc.
In this seminar, Pep Gatell, the Director of LFDB, will share with us the company’s vision, development and how theatre shapes society.
Speaker:
Pep Gatell (1958), an artistic director of LFDB since 1980, is one of the founders of the company. He has been experimenting, in his works, with the most recent technology, such as synthesizers, 3D-stereoscopic images, phone applications, etc. He has staged over 100 installations, macroespectáculos, theater, cinema, and opera productions, showcased across the world. He has worked in different capacities as a director, technical producer, video artist and programmer with well-known collaborators, in Barcelona as well as abroad. Gatell's vision has led to groundbreaking projects with the digital theater lab WIProgress-97 group, Art Futura, and the U.S. Air Force. Gatell has lectured at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Technical University of Madrid, and ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. In 2014, Gatell, overseeing the technological area, and fellow directors premiere the world's first smart show M.U.R.S., which allows the audience to interact with the show through their Smartphones.
Date:
17 Nov (Mon)
Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue:
Multimedia Theatre, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong
For:
Local artists, theatre practitioners, academicians and students of Political Science and Sociology, theatre goers.
Language:
Spanish (with English simulltaneous interpretation)
Free admission, register now

M.U.R.S. - an interactive smart show
Onsite Guided Tour: Technology and Performance

Speaker:
Pep Gatell
Date:
19 Nov (Wed) or 20 Nov (Thu)
Time:
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Venue:
West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade
For:
New media artists and academicians, theatre practitioners
Language:
Spanish (with English and Cantonese translation)
Registration Enquiries:
2200 0096 hera.yum@wkcda.hk