Seoul Street Arts Festival will be opening with La Fura ‘Human Net’

Published 02/10/2018

La Fura dels Baus, with its Human Net, will open the Seoul Street Arts Festival next October 4 (20.45h) at the Seoul Plaza in the capital of South Korea. The large scale show, with free admission, will be repeated next day at the same place. La Fura will captivate the audience with a proposal of a large scale human structure built thanks to the work of volunteers from Seoul and directed by Miki Espuma. The work is created by the flowing movement of people forming different shapes while hanging from a tall crane. The hypnotic aerial choreography, pulsating to live music and lights as darkness falls, is a joint effort by the people of Seoul and La Fura dels Baus, which takes our thoughts deeper into humanity: one may see, for example, chromosome chains or neural networks carrying messages from cell to cell.

The Human Net is the name La Fura dels Baus has chosen to refer to a theatrical element capable of generating aerial choreography in which a large number of participants are involved. The Net is based on a steel beam suspended from a crane. It is capable of forming different figures by hydraulic pistons. The spectacularity of this element is defined by the different possibilities of transformation and evolution of the actors hanging from it. Thus, from the point of view of the viewer, the Net offers a full impact, is the result of the mechanical and the gestural part, proposes an elaborate metaphor that has to do with the reunion, with the complementary, the sum of efforts, with all the human structures that we represent as a net and a connection (genome, nerve tissue, union, participation, etc).

A team of Riggers manipulates the net’s movements in space. They are specialized technicians who are also part of the staging. The 42 participants and the soundtrack is the fundamental part of this amazing show that has already been around the world.