The city of Barcelona is preparing to mark a milestone with the opening show of the America’s Cup with a monumental spectacle entitled “Barcelona, Far al Món”.
This event, which seeks to make history again in the sporting and cultural field, has been praised as the winning proposal in the international ideas competition organized by the Fundació Barcelona Capital Nàutica.
The production company Focus is leading the project, along with the participation of the audiovisual company Lavinia, the creative studio specialized in music and video Igor and Flock Drone Art.
“Barcelona, Far al Món” is a combination of theatricalization, music, visual images and drone technology, promising a unique experience around wind, sea and sailing.
A multisensory opening show on the sea
The show will feature the expected participation of renowned artists, such as Silvia Pérez Cruz and Bad Gyal, provided they fit in with their schedules. In addition, the collaboration of the outstanding composer Albert Guinovart has been confirmed.
The proposal promises a 35-minute event for an in-person audience of at least 30,000 people, in addition to those who will follow it on television and social media.
The structure of the show is based on six scenes:
The first scene will evoke the first navigators who, guided by the reading of the night sky, discovered new worlds. Scenes drawn in the sky by geolocated lasers connected to drones will offer a magical show.
The second scene will symbolize the confluence of different cultures and civilizations, represented by dancers on platforms that will cross the sea in a synchronized manner.
The third scene will show the interconnection of cultures from around the world, projecting data and bytes while a symphony of voices and languages from different parts of the planet plays.
In the fourth scene, a giant avatar will reveal its vulnerability, representing that, in essence, we are all real and vulnerable people. The candle, as a symbol of resource sustainability, will highlight the importance of the connection with the planet.
The fifth scene will incorporate a musical group representing a regatta team, accompanied by the climactic performance of a soloist and a sailboat dance, potentially led by Bad Gyal.
The last scene will feature a lighthouse on the Mar Bella breakwater, projecting a beam of light into the sky to symbolize the message that Barcelona sends to the world. An optical effect will connect this message with the Sagrada Familia, one of the most emblematic symbols of the city.
A unique international projection
The show, scheduled for October 10, 2024, will kick off the America’s Cup Sailing Finals, both in the women’s and youth categories with the AC40 yachts, and in the men’s category pitting Emirates Team New Zealand against the winner of the preliminary series.