LA SECA ESPAI BROSSA

GENERAL INFORMATION / HISTORY

 

 

WWW.LASECA.CAT

DISTRICT

CIUTAT VELLA

ADDRESS

FLASSADERS, 40

DATE BUILT

2011

OWNERS

Municipal

ACCESS. PUBLIC TRANSPORT

METRO: L4 ESTACIÓ JAUME I
BUSES: 14, 17, 19, 39, 40, 45, 51 AND 120

SPACE

Ground Floor - 310m2
Mezzanine - 45m2
First Floor - 328m2
Second Floor - 186m2
Total - 869m2

ARTISTIC USES

Performing arts

FUNCTIONS

Creation
Production
Promotion

ACTIVITIES

  • Regular programme of performing arts and paratheatre with particular attention on magic, circus and dance
  • BarriBrossa festival
  • Regular production of shows, both in the performing and paratheatrical arts
  • Taula de l’Espectador: activities related to performing arts creation

TOOLS

Residencies
Rentals
Workshops
Collaborations

PROMOTERS

AJUNTAMENT DE BARCELONA, BROSSA ESPAI ESCÈNIC

 

LA SECA ESPAI BROSSA

A contemporary art factory devoted to creativity, production and promotion in the fields of the theatre, dance, magic, circus and other performing arts, both visual and musical, while also focusing on the poetic and dramatic universe of Joan Brossa. An initiative by Brossa Espai Escènic, it offers activities to encourage the study of and experimentation with new creative languages and programmes in training and reflection.

La Seca is run by Brossa Espai Escènic.

AIMS

  • Focus on Joan Brossa’s work, expanding the artist’s poetic and dramatic universe. Brossa is one of the most outstanding, revolutionary figures of the second half of the twentieth century, and his creative spirit reaches out to the future of avant-garde militancy and devotion for popular culture.
  • Deliver a permanent programme to create, produce and promote performing arts, visual arts and new forms of drama, as well as foster a new approach to 20th-century European avant-gardes (Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, etc.).
  • Hold debates and thought-provoking sessions to share energies in the sphere of culture.
  • Promote interdisciplinary creation in the field of the performing arts and paratheatre.
  • Promote crosscutting conceptual, technical and aesthetic approaches in creative works based on textuality, moving arts, audiovisual virtuality, videoart, plastic arts, contemporary music and ties to contemporary thought.
  • Work on promoting work by young creators, authors and playwrights who link traditional theatre and contemporary drama and offer a meeting place and promotional and exhibition space devoted to new creative languages.
  • Reread universal theatre classics from a 21st-century perspective, shining the spotlight on certain lost texts and encouraging emerging creative currents.
  • Forge ties with other Art Factories and sign collaboration agreements with likeminded centres and spaces throughout Spain and Europe.
  • Rethink popular stage works and heritage from the 19th and 20th centuries, and revive traditional genres such as melodrama, vaudeville and the Grand-Guignol from today’s perspective.

HISTORY

La Seca takes its name from the building of the Seca Reial or Royal Mint. The Catalan word seca comes from the Arabic sekka, meaning ‘place where money is made’. The former factory dates back at least five hundred years, given that coins were minted there on and off between 1441 and 1849. The building itself, though, is even older, probably from the 13th century or earlier. In July 1441, King Alfonso V granted his attendant Leonardo de Sos the right to mint coins, which gave rise to “florins, ducats, escudos, Louis d’ors and treintenas”. Documents at the Casa de l’Ardiaca show that the Seca de Barcelona stopped minting coins in 1849. After it closed, it housed a brick workshop, household-goods warehouse and a disco.

ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

Meritxell Inaraja and Genís