CULTURE

Taming suds in a visual fest

To most, washing powder seems the most mundane of substances, but one Catalan artist, who will be visiting Thessaloniki’s Vassiliko Theater tomorrow and Sunday, proves differently. In his internationally acclaimed show «Bufaplanetes,» Pep Bou, an artist who has been dubbed «the genius of bubbles,» takes the same amount of detergent the average person uses for a day’s worth of laundry and transforms it into original and impressive works of art. Pep Bou’s visual theater plays with light to give bubbles of all sizes substance and depth. Using the movements of mime, he cajoles his bubbles into constant movement and transformation, sometimes infusing them with smoke to give them a dreamy, unearthly feel, or putting them into a spiraling orbit. The Catalan artist, who first appeared in the 1970s, has used his background as an architect to tame the fluid mass of the bubbles, and his experience as a man of the stage to create a complete show with music and lighting effects. «In the beginning, I would get disappointed because [the bubbles] are very delicate and do not always allow me to make the forms and figures I want,» says Pep Bou. «They never ‘act’ the same way from one day to the next. Nevertheless, I persisted and over the years I have succeeded in creating a little show in which I play the alchemist of ancient times.» Vassiliko Theater, White Tower Square, Thessaloniki, tel 2310.251.182.