Every self-respecting Spaniard has ever been captivated by Ana Belen. Crazy or rationally. Bordering on falling in love or fleetingly. For a movie or for a song. For everything or almost everything. She however, with permission from Víctor Manuel says that his heart, above all, has been given to the theater. To which he now returns, in El Español, Madrid, until June 4. With a work that revives Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet wake up) and that he wonders what would have happened to the two of them if they woke up from their death fifty years later. They will wake up, yes, after a long sleep, but they will not recognize each other, since Juliet only sees a man of eighty heels and Romeo a very well preserved lady. Juliet thinks she has slept for a moment, Romeo’s feeling is similar. But they have been transformed. They are no longer teenagers. It is now when his true story begins.
Romeo will interpret it Jose Luis Gomezalthough on some dates it will be Jesus Noguero. The text, say its promoters, is faithful to Shakespeare, as faithful as that transcript of characters traveling through time can be, adds one. It doesn’t matter. I prefer to be faithful to Ana Belén than to Shakespeare. Where is it going to stop? True to the trajectory of María del Pilar Cuesta Acosta, born in Madrid on Calle del Oso 71 years ago, she admits that, I don’t believe it. Does not matter. She is ageless. She could be immortal. She will always be beautiful, a great singer and a memorable actress and could be improved in some jobs. She sweet and red, envied and distant. She swears more in the movies than in real life. It takes time for the word muse to appear. Of not a few columnists, of a certain left, of the quartet that she formed with her husband and Serrat and Miguel Rios. Ana Belén returns to the tables immersed until now in a period of discretion. I suggest that she write her memoirs. Writing is perhaps the only branch of the arts, well, sculpture, that she has not practiced. Some calm memories, without stings, truffled with sweet memories, experiences, theater, cinema and stages. More than twenty solo albums, more than forty films, from that mythical zampo and me of the year 55; dozens of participation in series, oh, Fortunata and Jacinta -above all, oh, Fortunata- and innumerable plays.
Ana Belén, your name is talent, stage, lights and action. Your look has been with us our whole lives and is part of our memories.
Romeo and Juliet. Fifty years later. The work delves into mature love, quite mature, in what is to come and in the past. She tells Ana Belén that at first she thought she was crazy, but now she is delighted. Although between this couple of old Romeo and Juliet the sign that there is no passion can be hung, the work Romeo and Juliet wake up, you can hang the no ticket sign. If there will have been for Ana Belén to return to work, no matter how much this return is priceless for us. His thing would be for the work to then tour the provinces. The provinces are always in great need of Ana Belén and José Luis Gómez, Shakespearean and their interpretations. The show, written by the Austrian playwright EL Petschinka and directed by Raphael Sanchez, imagine that Romeo and Juliet did not die with the poison. They do not lie forever in Verona. They were sleeping, dreaming passions and jealousy, love and universal feelings. For this portrait of eternal passions Shakespeare’s work does not expire. Because betrayal and passion do not expire and are present in all times and ages of man.
Ana Belén has an appointment with us from Tuesday to Sunday at seven at El Español. There she is going to ask us why she cannot passionately love herself at eighty or seventy, why love needlessly has to be synonymous with youth. She dances and sings and emends the flat to the classic tragedy. Ana Belén returns, she has never left. La Victoria from ‘La Colmena’, La Pilar from ‘Libertarias’, La Desideria from ‘La Pasión turca’. Finally, Adela in ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’. She returns live to perform (a version) of one of the greatest works ever written. A little bit of Ana Belén is always a lot. Now that she has become a classic in our lives, she plays a classic character. She will leave her mark on you. The imprint is the rubric of talent. Long live the theater and that those who consider it a genre in crisis keep a moment of silence: there is a diva working.