Guiding principles

The Mercat de les Flors is both a driving force and hub for the promotion of movement arts. It plays a key role to ensure the establishment of first-rate companies and audiences for dance and similar arts. To achieve this, the dancehouse joins forces with other key players and Catalan, Spanish and international institutions, both in public and private spheres, in the fields of contemporary thought and culture.

It can be defined by its values: a conscious innovator and transverse co-operator, vocationally international, rigorously sustainable, socially committed and organisationally flexible.

History

The history of the Mercat de les Flors as a municipal theatre goes back to 1983, when the then Councillor for Culture, Maria Aurèlia Capmany, and the mayor of Barcelona at that time, Pasqual Maragall, instigated the creation of this city performance space with the renovation of the Palace of Agriculture, built for the 1929 International Expo on the mountain of Montjuïc. After the premiere of the play The Tragedy of Carmen, by Peter Brook, the Mercat launched a programme of national and international shows and artists. In the old warehouse of the Palace of Agriculture, Brook had found an ideal performance space for his play and managed to transmit his enthusiasm to the city’s cultural authorities. This space and the rest of the Mercat de les Flors was remodelled and opened as a municipal theatre in 1985 with the premiere of Mahabarata, once again with Peter Brook directing. The theatre, even in its beginnings, aimed to set an example in all types of creative expression: theatre, dance, music, performances and media art.

The Mercat de les Flors is part of the amenities that make up the so-called Ciutat del Teatre (City of Theatre), which consists of 3 theatre venues in the surroundings of the Plaça Margarita Xirgu:  the Mercat itself, Teatre Lliure and Institut del Teatre.

Building and facilities

The Mercat boasts 4 spaces with uninterrupted programming. The Sala Maria Aurèlia Capmany (MAC) is the main auditorium. Thanks to its flexible layout it can host many different types of shows. The maximum seating capacity is 436. Located on the first floor, the Sala Sebastià Gasch (SG), with capacity for 80 people, mainly hosts small-scale performances. The Sala Ovidi Montllor (OM), built in 2000 inside the premises of the Institut del Teatre, is shared with this school. Its seats 320 and has an Italian-style layout. Opened in Januany 2011 as a tribute to the celebrated choreographer, the Sala Pina Bausch (PB) is a multipurpose auditorium covering 240 m² and acts as a rehearsal room and also hosts small-scale activities. The great dome, 12 m in diameter, which covers the Mercat entrance hall, is the work of the Majorcan artist Miquel Barceló.

El Graner

Guiding principles

The Mercat also manages El Graner, a centre for creation and study of the body and movement language in the city of Barcelona. It is framed within the Art Factories program of the City Council and its main areas of work are creation, internationalization, thought, education and proximity. El Graner hosts dance artist residences, develops artistic cooperation projects with other cultural agents and promotes the integration of the center within its neighborhood.

El Graner runs many programmes, among which a residency for artists. Discover more about it through this video:

The building

El Graner’s premises have a surface of 1,000 m², with 4 rooms for rehearsal, creation and performance, divided into a 240 m² set, 2 rehearsal rooms of 100 m² and a 42 m² individual research room. There are also several meeting spaces and common areas, residence rooms, and a kitchen.

Contact
Lleida, 59
08004
Barcelona
Spain
www.mercatflors.cat
info@mercatflors.cat

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Taking place over two days, the event organised by EDN, Mercat de les Flors and Graner probed the relationship between dance artists and the institutions that support them. Participants were a mixture of artists, arts administrators, curators and directors from Spain and beyond.

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EDN Future strategies

During the first EDN Atelier “EDN Future Strategies” held at Mercat de les Flors, we worked together to reflect on how the network should continue acting in the short term on our two major criteria: relevance and sustainability for dance art.

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How to make dance relevant?

The conference How to make dance relevant? Examples and practices took place in April 2016 in the Catalan town of Olot. Organized by Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, the conference proposed a community-based working space to generate questions and encourage collective thinking around the topic of relevance.

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From Mercat de les Flors to Hellerau

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Dance Connect

Dance Connect (2015) aimed to facilitate the mobility of Indian emerging choreographers within European institutions including residency and presentation formats.

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A Hundred

Initiated by EDN, A Hundred aimed to create a map of European Dance Resources that promote and support contemporary dance and stimulate international dialogue and collaboration.

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Léim

Léim (2013 - 2015) aimed to offer participants the opportunity to undertake a personal and collective professional leadership development journey in organisations with a high degree of expertise in dance, both in their own countries and across Europe.

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European Video Dance Heritage

The cooperation project European Video Dance Heritage aimed to encourage and support cultural cooperation within Europe in order to bring European common cultural heritage to the fore working across disciplines with the media.

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Modul-dance

Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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Outreach India

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