Moving Barcelona

The Moving Barcelona collection is a series of eight still and one video artworks derived from Moving Barcelona, the eighth film in an ongoing project entitled Moving Cities - an award-winning body of work by UK-based artist Jevan Chowdhury.

The project aims to capture and celebrate the unique identity of cities and the people within them, through movement and dance. This transformative project has won 21 awards, engaged with 800 artists and creators, and reached over 44 million people worldwide, building an impressive canon of work.

Since its inception in 2013, Moving Cities has received international acclaim, and has been described as a fusion of cinema and regenerative art. As an ever-evolving body of work, it manifests as films, photographic exhibitions and place-making installations.

Moving Cities renews urban spaces and transforms them into permanent theatrical installations. The works offers a deeper insight into familiar settings, presenting local people and architecture as part of one cityscape. As an ongoing project, Moving Cities seeks to meld together community, artists and architecture, and to redefine and humanise transient spaces. Iterations of the project have been created in cities around the world including Hong Kong, Dallas, Yerevan, and Paris.

Moving Barcelona (2021/2018) is the latest iteration of the Moving Cities project and was shot on location in Barcelona before the start of the pandemic.

Through this captivating short film and accompanying series of still photographs, Chowdhury offers a magical yet realist portrayal of the Catalonian capital, an autonomous region in the Spanish State, as it seemingly contends with an identity crisis. In this depiction, Barcelona is a city that is full of life, yet haunted by the ghosts of its past. Despite much progress, it is still unearthing old wounds.

Narrated by celebrated Spanish actor Pep Munné, an appeal is made for calm and there is a sense of reassurance that all is okay. The movement of the city however tells a different story, and the narrator is resigned to the fact that things, inevitably, are the way they are. Barcelonians, in pursuit of happiness, find themselves on a treadmill  to nowhere in this tale of modern-day life.

In the creation of Moving Barcelona Chowdhury led, managed and directed a pioneering group of young dancers from renowned dance company IT Dansa. The work showcases many iconic buildings in the city including Gaudi’s Casa Batlló.

Writer & Creator Jevan Chowdhury
Film Direction by Jevan Chowdhury & Laura Obiols
Narrator Pep Munné
Executive Production by Catherine Allard, Antoni Gutiérez-Rubí
Production by Sugheili Serrano and Ximena Duque
Coordination Nora Sitges Sardà and Mathilde Van Meerendock
DOP Jevan Chowdhury
Camera Assistant Alberto Balazs
Behind the Scenes Photography by Pepa Yepes
Costume Design by Magda Cano
Music by Kevin Matley
Music Production by Ninad Ganage and Woodlock
Choreography of ‘balcony’ by Alexander Eckman
Sound Recording by Enrique Bermejo, Studio Kamikaze

Javier Ara
Elia Baguena
Wilson Baptista
José Blasco
Anna Borràs
Anna Casasola
Tanit Cobas
Katherine Collings
Rafael Damasceno
David Djilali Escribà
Marina Escoda
Nicolas Frau
Natalia Garcia
Paloma Gastelurrutia
Jessica Goodfellow
Mari Ishida
Laura Lliteras
Mathilde Lin
Andrea Martin
Laura Obiols
Alex Pacheco
Marina Pérez
Luis Jerónimo Ruiz
Nils Enric Taugbol
Sau Ching Wong
Pepa Yepes

Edited by Jevan Chowdhury
Subtitles by Hoang Trung Vuong

Special Thanks
Josep Font (Centre Penitenciari La Model)
Mario Scattoloni (Balcony in Balmes)
David Canals (Port de Barcelona)
Gary Gautier, Encarna Segura, Ingrid Olmo and Emilio Bayo (Casa Batlló)
Pere Avellà and Maite Rodriguez (Damex Containers, Port Barcelona)
Cristina Arellano, Charo Canal and Raquel Castro (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya)
Jordi González (Piscines Picornell)
Sole Dacosta and Eva Rodriguez (Sant Adrià)
Daniel Martínez (Rodajes ADIF)
Isona Passola (Academia Cinema Català)
Carlota Guerrero (Catalunya Film Commission)
Oscar Espuña (Barcelona Turisme)
Elena Gonzàlez and Sergi Marcen (Delegació Generalitat Catalunya Londres)
Mar Perez and Mercedes Peral (Generalitat de Catalunya) (Barcelona Film Commission)

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