A way of empowering the people of the countryside
LAGAR LUGAR comes from a reversal of roles as a way of empowering the people of the countryside, the party that is a celebration and a liturgy, the frenzied catharsis of the solstice, pagan carnavalization and worship of Bacchus, Cybele, Dionysus, Saturn, Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This project feeds off the conceits of the floral vestal hats that take over houses, farms, wineries and taverns in the Montes de Málaga, the festival swirling around the gangs armed with tambourines, cymbals, guitars and violins, and a way of feeling that has remained isolated thanks to the intricacies of its roads and the jaggedness of its mountains, the unpredictability of fools and madmen, the fervour of revellers.
Here in the 21st century, Luz Prado and Pablo Contreras, Malaga natives with the verdiales (a form of fandango) established as part of how their city feels from birth, become aware of the festival in the music that springs from them naturally. A personal style that blends the local with other contemporary languages of their heritage like contemporary music, free improvisation, post-rock and the folklore of other countries. A journey to and from these mountains.
Accustomed to working on shared proposals and collaborations, LAGAR LUGAR is a project that has grown out of LOOPA! and its concern with delving into a rift that opened in 2013 with the performance Viva la guerra with dramatist Alberto Cortés and flamenco dancers María del Mar Suárez and Mariché López. This time, taking sound as its focus, LOOPA! provokes an encounter that combines sound with the visual perspective of multidisciplinary artist Saul Wes and the conceptual development of essential artist Elsa Paricio.
This activity was included in the MaF Programme, which is part of the Festival de Málaga de Cine Español.
MPM Auditorium. Access through plaza de la Higuera. Free entry until all seats filled.