While many people in this country believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, people in Europe are still taking the social distancing seriously while trying to reopen things. One thing many people are missing is going to the opera. Personally, I am missing going to concerts.
The Barcelona Liceu Opera house reopened this week to a full house – of plants. Each of the seats was filled with plants from local nurseries. This was meant to be a statement on our relationship with nature.
A Barcelona opera reopened with a performance of Giacomo Puccini's "Crisantemi" for a full house — of plants.https://t.co/gIhW52O2wB
— NPR (@NPR) June 23, 2020
All of the 2,292 seats in the theatre were filled with various plants. The concert was also available via live stream for humans.
According to a statement on the Liceu’s website:
“After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director, and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature.”
Puccini’s Crisantemi was played today for an audience of 2,292 plants from local nurseries, exploring the relationship between #art and #nature in a context of a global climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/FCRn08Kk0j
— Daniel Guinart (@daniguinart) June 22, 2020
After the concert, the plants were donated to various healthcare professionals around the city with a signed certificate from the artists.
This concert comes after the end of the three-month lockdown in Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Spain’s death toll stands around 28,000. This is the third-highest in the European Union. According to the country’s phased reopening plan, theaters may operate at a lower capacity. So, this theatre came up with a creative way around that restriction.
Here in the United States, the virus is spreading in the South and West as many states rush to reopen things to help the economy. Florida reopened its beaches and has over 4,900 new cases this month. Please stay home, wash your hands, and wear your masks.
Many places have online tours. At least ten national parks have live tours you can take online.
Featured image via YouTube.