Since stadiums and concert venues remain closed to the public, athletic organizations and musicians alike have been getting creative. Rather than play to an empty stadium or auditorium, they’re filling the stands in other ways.
Soccer players now often play in front of cardboard cutouts. Also, this week the Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera House in Barcelona reopened. Instead of playing to human visitors, they played to a packed auditorium filled with… plants.
The video of the string quartet’s performance is available online, and it’s hauntingly beautiful. The performance features a string quartet performing “Crisantemi” by Giacomo Puccini. The video pans away from the quartet and shows all 2,292 plants in the audience.
The reopening of the Liceu Opera House was organized by artist Eugenio Ampudia. As he shared with El Pais, the event was a commentary on what is going on in the world today:
We had to tell the plants something specific, to tell them what we’d been through during this time, and tell it in the form of music, which is the language that I am sure they understand… At a time when a large part of humanity has been confined to reduced spaces and been forced to renounce mobility, nature has moved in to occupy the space that we took from it.
Once the string quarter was done, a “wind” whisked through. That made it look like all the plants were waving to the performers bowing on stage. Just in case that ending wasn’t pitch perfect enough, following the performance, all of the potted plants were donated to healthcare workers in Spain. What a wonderful way of saying thank you to essential workers, while also bringing a smile to people’s faces everywhere.
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