La Fura dels Baus ‘Suz’

Suz LP front
Suz LP spread
Suz side A

Catalonian La Fura dels Baus was founded in 1979 as a street performance group, moving to elaborate multimedia shows in 1984 with the launch of the trilogy comprising Accions (1984), Suz/o/Suz (1985) and Tier Mon (1988). At the time of Suz, La Fura’s core membership consisted of Ramón Castan, Vidi Vidal, Enric Parés, Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca, Carlos Padrissa and Miki Espuma. The Suz/o/Suz performance was shown in 290 countries around the world and has been performed in unusual venues such as building sites, bus depots or fairgrounds. The show was about how humans deal with threatening objects, robots and menacing actors. As in Survival Research Laboratory, the menace was experienced by the actors as well as directed toward the audience. The set-up included 6 motorized automatons, human aquariums, as well as various objects like shopping trolleys, oil drums, TV sets, coffee machine, motor engines. See this page for detailed info regarding Suz.

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If we are to judge from LP artwork and on-line videos, homo-eroticism and transgression pervades the show and the Walt Whitman motto ‘I sing the body electric’ would perfectly suit the project. The LP came after the show itself, in 1987, and the music was re-arranged for this purpose. The sound production succeeds in creating a lively and varied equivalent of a busy stage and multiple actors. Tracks are generally based on drum machine, but keyboards, guitars, horns and noises (the wonderful coffee machine on #2 Banyeres!) complement the energetic mix. This kind of music is like the sunny side of Test Department’s The Unacceptable Face of Freedom.

01 Ulele (3:33)
02 Banyeres ( 2:24)
03 Rito / Ajöe (4:10)
04 Senda (3:59)
05 Combate (4:21)
06 Irrupción (3:01)
07 Agape (2:43)
08 Aigua (6:56)
09 Rumbo África (9:14)
10 Automatics (1:38)

Total time 42:00
LP released by Virgin Espana, 1987

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6 Responses to “La Fura dels Baus ‘Suz’”

  1. 1 Ankh April 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Hi My Friend – great post as usually. I’d like to ask You – may I use your information about La Fura … and put it in savagesaints blog? I will be very grateful. Lots of Love. Peter

  2. 2 continuo April 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Hi, Peter. You can use whatever you want from this blog providing you credit Continuo. I’m curious to know what you plan to do yourself about La Fura dels Baus, maybe another LP?
    All the best.

  3. 3 Canterell April 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Hello! great web-site, lovely music! months ago I’ve posted on my blog another album from this group, a maxi with two songs, the link is here:

    I’ve got your link on my favorites since too much time ago, best regards from Barcelona!

    Jordi (Canterell)

  4. 4 continuo April 8, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Hola, Jordi. Of course, I was aware of your post when I was preparing mine, and it seemed yours was the only La Fura dels Baus’ record available online. Nice blog.

  5. 5 aboombong April 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    New to me. As a big fan of Test Dept. and Survival Research Lab I am intrigued. Thanks.

  6. 6 continuo April 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    La Fura is less confrontational than the 2 you mention, but more focused and ‘written’, as in song-writing. Thanks for dropping by.

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