Functions performed at the Margarita Xirgu Theatre:
8th. - 9th. - 10th. - 15th. - 16th. - 17th. - 22nd. - 23rd. - 24th. - 29th. - 30th. - 31st. of July 2005.
Never before had we imagined such a challenge as the one we went through from the first time since the assembly of this work. We knew from the beginning that we needed a radical and deep change in our new show. We felt that need and decided to carry on with this work that took the audience and us, those who are part of this cast by surprise.
Personally to me, at the time of creating a new show, it is quite hard to cope against the very own stereotypes that somehow people expect and demand, and try to create something different. The audience feels safer when they watch something they already know, or are accustomed to. And I obviously feel better placed as an artist. But there is an interesting thing, with the time, adrenaline fades and that Tabla Solo, that cane, that cape no longer express innovative virtuosity and enthusiasm to what we are accustomed to, and begin to bore.
It was great doing this work, where I did all the dancing but Arabic. Only with shirts and pants on the stage without the usual brightness and trying to shine from this other place as it was meant to be in this work. To thrill, to vibrate and make others vibrate in one hour and fifteen minutes. The emotion that demanded at all times this drama of love on stage, although it was freely located at a period of time, did not cease to be an issue as current as is the issue of love between human beings today.
The troupe had to work a lot from the acting and from the body, and achieved excellent results. As well as the impressive work of Yousef, even each one of us was surprised, unaware of his hidden and innovative talent. Julia Berón made us weep just by listening to her cries in each of the 20 functions we have done. Maiada, unique, multifaceted and comprehensive, in each one of her performances, a dancer with whom one feels more than comfortable to work with, because she is able to forget that she is beautiful and a first star to give way to the most richest of her human side. It was wonderful to work with Vicky Olivares; she gave us the essential elements to develop our characters. With Rubén Rodríguez, who was necessary not to repeat the stereotypes that all choreographers posses unintentionally. It was wonderful and very enriching the idea to let others lead, I did have the necessary stamina to step aside and let others think about the work of each one of us.
We are happy with the way the viewers celebrated, although they were shocked at first waiting to see something else on the repetitive Arabic Dance, everyone, both men and women, reacted with tears and sighs. Each situation of this story touched audience and artists deep inside in many ways.
Thanks to the audience! Thanks to the artists!
Thanks to the Gates of Granada!