NEW MULTI-FIELD STADIUMS
FOR THE SENSES
by Karles Torra
Some time ago, long-distance runner Ramon Parellada coined the
expression "multi-field stadiums for the senses", referring
to those places with the capacity for integrating scenographic
arts with those linked with the sense of taste in a single space.
At present, Barcelona's offerings in that sphere are becoming
increasingly attractive and wide-ranging. Following a meticulous
remodelling operation, the recent transformation of both the "Teatreneu"
in the Gracia district and "Abaixadors Deu" in the neighbourhood
of La Ribera has made of those two places significant heralds
of a new style of theatre, music or poetry consumption, with the
added value that their offering also includes the possibility
to dine or have a drink on the premises.
After one year and a half of renovation works, the formerly rambling
"Teatreneu" building located on carrer Terol has been
turned into a brand-new artistic centre that houses a restaurant
and a bar-cum-theatre within perfectly delimited areas around
the historical theatre hall in which Gracia's weavers used to
gather. For approximately one year now, the "Teatreneu"
management has been staging thematic series of concerts centred
on varied styles (classical music, jazz and world musics) which
have met with great success and served to complement the estimable
regular theatre season programme of shows performed at the adjoining
"Sala Xavier Fàbregat". The restaurant has a
capacity of about one hundred customers and opens for lunch and
at night, from nine in the evening until two in the morning. It
also includes a private dining room for special gatherings.
To mention a more strictly aesthetic aspect, it has also been
planned that the alluring bar area would soon serve as a showcase
for exhibitions of arquitectural scale models that will complement
the painting and photograph exhibits already displayed on its
walls. Finally, Jordi Beneto informs us that "at some time
in July or August, we intend to transfer the Schilling Café
to Berlin, more concretely to the "Praten" in the German
capital". That will mean exporting a fortnight of non-stop
music and binge, with the very special collaboration of the legendary
Kraftwerk. "We are going to sell Barcelona in Europe by diffusing
the works of the city's improvising performers, architects and