La simfonia fantàstica


The Fantastic Symphony was initially conceived as a piece exclusively for orchestra, without any kind of staging. Berlioz’s work revolves around a young musician of an extremely sensitive nature who suffers from an unrequited love and who decides to kill himself by taking opium. The drug does not prove fatal, however, but provokes in him a series of visions and sensations which, mixed with his memories and feelings, end up becoming music. His beloved wife becomes a melody, a fixed idea which the young musician hears all around him.

Using this undeniably romantic tale as its base, and letting their imagination run riot, La Fura dels Baus designed a staging wich scrupulously respects the structure of Berlioz’s piece and aims to provide a visual accompaniment to the music, without getting in the way of a piece that was only designed to be heard. In one sense, the staging can be seen as an extended music video, both fantastic and dreamlike, based on the five movements of the symphony, and which combines Berlioz’s life story with the tale which was the starting point for this musical composition.

For a company like the Fura, which has always pursued its own artistic rhetoric, it was particularly tempting to accept the challenge of visually recreating the images suggested by Berlioz’s composition. It is a piece closely linked to opium, to an artist sick with love, to a continuous hallucination that ends up becoming an obsession.

The final result is a subtle, dream-like adaptation that overcomes the crudeness of the Fura’s language to enter a world closer to calmness than to an eclecticism taken to extremes. It showed what the music suggests, what it arouses in our imagination, aware that a work like the Fantastic Symphony can take many forms and it is in its capacity for transformation that its greatness lies.

Ficha Técnica

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869).

Dirección escénica
Pep Gatell (La Fura dels Baus).

Dirección musical
Jean-Claude Casadesus, Olivier Holt, Vladimir Valék.

Lluís Monteagudo

Jordi Joaquim Recort

Diseño de iluminación
Jaime Llerins

Mabel Rodríguez

Ayudante de dirección
Kike Blanco

Jaume Cumplido, Pilar López.

Producción ejecutiva
Beltza, Roberto Villalón.

Diseño de producción
Nadala Fernández

Director técnico
Alberto Pastor

Técnico de iluminación
Lluís Martí

Técnicos de vídeo
Joan Rodón, David Larrull (BAF).

Pere Jané

Peti qui peti

Vestuario gira
Antonio Allende

Boris Espuny, Isaac Flix, Isidre Jané, Pulgui.

Pilar Cervera

Vidi Vidal, Ramón Tarés, Tatín, Iván Altamira, Neus Quimas, Antonio Allende, Glòria Ràmia, David Climent, Piraña.

Orquesta Filarmónica de Bergen
Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Praga
Orquesta Nacional de Lille
Orquesta del Teatro Massimo

28/6/02, en el Teatro Massimo, Palermo.


Un espectáculo producido por La Fura dels Baus, el Teatro Massimo de Palermo y el Festival Octobre de Normandía.


This staging of Berlioz’s most famous symphony offered three level of simultaneous action: in the foreground, the orchestra; the projects at the back of the set; and the actors, who occupied the stage’s least typical spaces.

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