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Opera house performs first post-lockdown concert for an all-plant audience

Next week, Barcelona’s Liceu opera house will emerge from its lockdown-induced siesta by throwing a concert to a rather unusual audience. The attendees will not need masks or gloves, nor will they be required to follow physical distancing rules.

However, they might like to take along a nice comfy pot and some water to prevent their roots from drying out as a string quartet serenades them, fittingly, with Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums).

A total of 2,292 plants will occupy the venue’s seats and listen to the opera house’s first post-lockdown concert when it reopens next Monday. Non-vegetal music fans will also be able to enjoy the performance as it will be live-streamed.

According to the Liceu’s artistic director Víctor García de Gomar, the Concert for the Biocene, played the by Uceli quartet, is intended to help us ponder the current state of the human condition and how, in lockdown, we have become “an audience deprived of the possibility of being an audience”.

For Eugenio Ampudia, the conceptual artist behind the concert, the project will serve to reflect what has happened across Spain and around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to retreat from shared public areas.

“At a time when an important part of humankind has shut itself up in enclosed spaces and been obliged to relinquish movement, nature has crept forward to occupy the spaces we have ceded,” said Ampudia.

After the concert, the plants will find themselves in a new home, with each one of them being donated to 2,292 health workers as thank you for their efforts over recent months.

“the first rule of opera is the first rule in life:

see to everything yourself.”

-nellie melba

 

photo and story credits: the optimist daily

botanical.

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this one is sure to make a comeback.

yes, most of the leaves have dropped off, but I see a hint of color.

ignore the brown, there is still a flower.

these are a few of the thoughts that cross my mind

as I try to nurture and revive

some of my indoor plants

that have chosen to be

“on a break from thriving right now”

for some reason I will not give up

as long as there is one stick left in a pot

my optimism refuses surrender

and still i wait for my green thumb to appear.

the fact is

that I love to garden

I love flowers, I love plants, I love trees

I am a nurturer by nature

but it is all a trial and error process for me

my middle daughter once stood in the middle of my yard and said,

“if you had everything you ever planted,

we would be standing in a botanical garden right now.”

I really loved that.

what an excellent point.

“gardening is not a rational act.”    

-margaret atwood

stalks gone wild.

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it seems that the bean stalks

in our classroom

have gone a bit wild

very quickly

and

we are on the lookout for giants.

“well, first of all,” said the bfg,

“human beans is not really believing in giants, is they?

human beans is not thinking we exist.”

  • -roald dahl – “the bfg”

giant.

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kinders size up the leaves

that are

like nothing they’ve seen before

much bigger than their heads

with a color

like shiny crayons

they must be

leftover

from the time of the dinosaurs.

the world is a giant puzzle that hasn’t been put together yet,

and were trying to

find the other piece of this puzzle that goes with us.

– e.e. cummings