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Different and complementary performance of Arriaga’s work with a contemporary approach

27 to 28 january 2017

Two different yet complementary shows on the music and emotions of Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, that bestows a contemporary dimension on the genius composer from Bilbao, coinciding with his birth 210 years ago (27th January 1806). This performance of beautiful music by the maestro who gave his name to our theatre forces us to reflect on today’s society, embarking on an ironic journey  from the title itself to the contemporary world of individuals in advanced societies: our world, in short.

The avant-garde film and television director, Sarah Derendinger, collaborates in this two-day symphonic poem. The first day is based on Arriaga’s string quartets and will invite the public in the form of “happening” to pass through different theatre spaces, whilst the performances of the participating ensembles accompany this mental… and physical journey.

On the second day, with the public in the hall, Arriaga’s symphonic and vocal work will be performed, taking us to the final question: Are we happy in our slavery?


Teatro Arriaga’s new production

The team


La Ritirata Quartet

Ensemble 442



Marta Ubieta: soprano

Naroa Intxausti: soprano

Markel Murillo (Escolanía Easo)

Bilbao Choir

Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa – BOS


Musical director: Jon Malaxetxebarria

Stage manager: Calixto Bieito

Projection: Sarah Derendinger


27 January. 06.00 and 08:00pm

28 January. 08:00pm


27 January: €15- 28 January: from €10,50 to €36 /discounts

27 January
Applicable discounts:

Friends of the Arriaga: €12.

Groups, large families, under 30’s and over 65’s, people with a disability and the unemployed: €12

28 January
Applicable discounts:

Friends of the Arriaga: from 25% to 35%.

Groups, large families, under 30’s and over 65’s, people with a disability in excess of 33% and the unemployed: 25%.

Dance professionals: 25%

Last Minute Discount: 50% (for the aforementioned groups, except Friends of the Arriaga)

Disabled people in a wheelchair: 50% (stalls in front of the stage and one companion)