Dance, theater and music meet from July 1 to August 27 in the capital of Extremadura, which will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the reopening of the Roman Theater space in 1933, when Margarita Xirgu embodied ‘Medea’
Directors like Magüi Mira, Andrés Lima and Paco Mir, choreographers like María Rovira and Chevi Muraday and actors like Carme Conesa, Sílvia Abril, Belén Rueda, Pepe Viyuela and Daniel Diges stand out in the programming
Comedy at its best, in which pleasant, festive and humorous aspects predominate, as defined by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), is the axis of the 69th edition of the International Classical Theater Festival of Méridawhose program winks at 90 years of history at the Roman Theatre.
This new edition in the capital of Extremadura, which will be held from July 1 to August 27rides between its 69 years as a festival proper and the 90th anniversary of the reopening of the Roman Theater space in 1933, when Daisy Xirgu embodied the medea of Seneca, with an adaptation of the text elaborated by Miguel de Unamuno.
A total of 135 theatrical performances, two dance shows, a concert, a musical, film screenings, workshops, courses, exhibitions and conferences make up the program of this new edition, which this Wednesday was presented at a press conference by its director, Jesús Cimarro; the president of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, and the general director of the National Institute of Performing Arts (INAEM), Joan Francesc Marco.
Numerous actresses and actors, as well as directors, who are part of the cast of programmed works, have traveled to the capital of Extremadura to be present at this event, such as Belén Rueda, Silvia Abril, Pepón Nieto, Magüi Mira, Pablo Puyol, Mariano PeñaEmma Ozores, Carme Conesa, Fernando Cayo, Antonio Pagudo and Paco Mir, among others.
Ramoncín, with the classics
Other names from the theater space will be added to all of them who, although they were not present at the press conference, also make up the various casts, such as Cayetana Guillén-Cuervo, Pepe Viyuela, Cristina Castaño, Carlos Sobera and Ramoncín. The rocker who edited his first albums before the pandemic will premiere the musical ‘The Titans. The Fury of the Gods’with Daniel Diges.
“It is a plural, diverse edition that covers many sensibilities,” said Cimarro, who has influenced the common thread that comedy represents in this edition.
Seven world premieres
Specifically, the Teatro Romano will host ten theatrical proposals, seven of them world premieres. Seven works will be presented at the María Luisa Theater, and 43 will be distributed among the extensions of the festival in Madrid, Cáparra, Medellín and Regina. “We want our public to enjoy, vibrate and celebrate Mérida, a unique ceremony for the senses”, Cimarro stated.
He Roman theatre will open its doors on July 1 at Zaragoza Chamber Orchestra (Enigma Group) with the concert ‘Iannis Xenakis, Oresteïa’, with a cast close to a hundred, including actors, actresses and musicians. A day later, the work will return ‘The Twins’a co-production of the festival itself and Verbo Producciones that was released ten years ago.
The comedy will continue on July 5 with the terrat and your proposal ‘The Assemblywomen (Those who stumble)’, directed by José Troncoso and starring Silvia Abril.
‘Shakespeare in Rome’an innovative proposal by the Centro Dramático Galego is another of the commitments of the Mérida Festival, as is ‘Pandataria’, a dance and theater show, with Cayetana Guillén-Cuervo, Chevi Muraday and Elio Toffanaamong others, will arrive on July 21, to give way, from 36 to 30, to ‘The Clouds’, directed by Paco Mir and starring Pepe Viyuela and Mariano Peña.
‘Salome’ directed by Magüi Mira
Under the scenic baton of the veteran Magüi Mira will arrive with a new version of ‘Salomé’ on the Emeritense sand, on August 9, with Belén Rueda, Pablo Puyol and Luisa Martín as protagonists. The month of August will start with ‘The comedy of errors’, directed by Andrés Lima led in the cast by Pepón Nieto, Antonio Pagudo and Víctor Clavijo. The program of the Roman Theater will close the play ‘The Gift of Zeus’with text by Concha Rodríguez, with Emma Ozores and Juan Meseguer.
He Maria Luisa Theater will host seven shows. will house ‘Medea’, with Carme Conesa as the main protagonist; ‘Republic of Rome’, with Miguel Hermoso in front; ‘For all the gods’, a monologue by Fernando Cayo; ‘Oedipus’, ‘Clytemnestra’, led by Cristina Castaño; ‘In the middle of the fire’ and ‘Odyssey, a thrilling journey’in a contemporary dance version with choreography by Maria Rovira for your company Create Dance Company, which inaugurated the season of the Mercat de les Flors.