It caused a sensation in Madrid, almost cathartic reactions among the public. And from today until Sunday he arrives in Barcelona, at the Teatre Lliure. It is The songs , by Pablo Messiez, a montage in which viewers in Madrid could choose between leaving the room in the intermission or staying to watch the actors dancing on stage completely abandoned to powerful music. Most of the spectators stayed. And they danced in their seats or in the aisle. And despite the limitations caused by the pandemic, during the ten-minute intermission that will take place at the Lliure, the public will also be able to perform their catharsis from their seats with this work in which a group of people come together to listen to music – and to make it. – and end up transformed.
Messiez (Buenos Aires, 1974), known to the public of the Lliure for hits such as The dark stone O The time we are together , says that for a long time he wanted to make listening the center of a work: “I always found the world of music very disturbing, how a song can change your mood, heart rate and even life. In my work All the time of the World As a group exercise, we listened to minutes of music and I saw something rich in the alert listening to the bodies ”.
“At the end of ‘The three sisters’ Olga says when listening to music that with her it seems that we could understand what we live for, what we suffer for”
Also, Messiez wanted to work The three sisters of Chekhov and crossed both desires, helped because at the end of the great classic a military band is heard and Olga says: “I love music, it sounds with such joy that it seems that we could understand what we live for, what we suffer for”. “Music as a carrier of the mystery of life. Hence the desire to make it the center, ”says Messiez.
The setting is a music box designed by Alejandro Andújar thinking, Messiez continues, “in the retreat space that the protagonist sisters need to manage the pain of something that has happened with their father and that we never get to know what it is”. Sisters for whom the dream is to go to the sea and not to Moscow and who want to get out of their circumstances but without being able to do so. Sisters who, as if it were the Theorem by Pier Paolo Pasolini, two visitors arrive who break their daily lives and allow them to eliminate external noise, listen and see in a different way.
The songs in the piece, Messiez clarifies, arose from the needs of the function, “what was needed to be told, it is the material that marks its laws”, and on the Lliure website you can listen to the list of songs, which go from Barbara and Carmen Linares to Caetano Veloso, Manel, Brel, Tom Waits, Etta James or Violeta Parra.