Last week for ‘My dear silly Spain’ and new premieres at Sala Russafa

The Christmas programming faces its last week on the bill with a special performance of ‘My dear, silly Spain’ on Epiphany night. The monarchs have come to Russafa loaded with music, humor and theater to offer to the spectators.

Chema Cardena He signs and directs this comedy that makes a satirical review of the country’s history through the seven deadly sins committed over the centuries that have led it to be condemned to hell. He himself plays the poet Dante Alighieriauthor of ‘The Divine Comedy’, who finds out about the tragic end that awaits the kingdom and launches a distress call to which a curious rescue team responds: the artist Salvador Dalí, the nun Saint Teresa of Jesus, the conquistador Hernán Cortés, the captain Agustina de Aragón and the philosopher Maimonides.

An image of ‘My dear silly Spain’.

Saoro Ferre, Rosa López, Jaime Vicedo, Raquel Ortells and Darío Torrent, respectively, interpret this crazy gallery of characters who will try to justify everything from anger to greed, lust, gluttony, laziness, envy or pride that have characterized various episodes of the country and its countrymen. Live music is provided by the group The Grannies, made up of José García del Real, David Campillos and José Montoro, who are joined by Rubén Marqués. Together they perform versions of classics such as ‘Don’t leave me this way’ (The Communards), ‘Lady Marmelade’ (LaBelle) or ‘Gotta go home’ (Boney M) and ‘I will follow him’ (André Rieu) in a soundtrack that brings new meanings to the songs, increases the comedy of the scenes and turns the show into a party.

If January is the month of good intentions, nothing better than self-criticism and parody to start the year with humor and with the intention of reviewing the country’s trajectory to try to save Spain and the Spaniards the warmth of Hell.

In January the Cycle of Valencian Companies arrives

2023 starts at Sala Russafa, the center for theatrical creation and exhibition of Arden Producciones, with a program where comedy predominates as a tool not only to make the viewer laugh, but also to present an image of humanity and society that invites reflection. . With the performances of Mi querida tonta España over, after the Christmas holidays, the programming of the XII ‘Cicle de companyies valencianes’ continues with the world premiere of ‘The ugliest woman in the world’.

Members of the play ‘The ugliest woman in the world’.

From January 12 to 22, this co-production of La Penúltima and Dacsa will be on the bill. A piece written and directed by Manuel Valls, who gives life to one of its protagonists. Juan Carlos Garés and Lucía Aibar complete the cast of this work that recovers a part of the incredible but true story of Julia Pastrana, a mezzo-soprano who suffered from hypertrichosis, for which her skin was covered with hair and her appearance was reminiscent of that of a ape. The exploitation of her by her husband as a spectacle represents the objectification of women and those who are different, and invites us to establish a parallel with the current media, too often turned into ‘monster stops’. A project on the limits of human cruelty that has been developed within the ‘Graners de Creació’ program to stimulate the Valencian scene, with a creative and technical residency at Sala Russafa.

The second proposal for January of the cycle dedicated to the regional scene comes from Alarcón&Cornelles. From January 26 to February 5 they premiere an updated version of the text that Chema Cardeña and Jerónimo Cornelles wrote with two hands a little over a decade ago and that now comes renewed under the title ‘From Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Tango for three)’.

This political satire exposes the ins and outs and goings-on of a scene that tends to remain in the shadows: that of advisers and senior officials. Its protagonists are three old college classmates who meet years later. Two of them accompany and advise the leader of opposing parties, while the third observes them from the disbelief of someone who, after a brief stint in politics, chose to oppose. Cornelles himself, Yolanda Muñoz and Rafa Alarcón are the leading trio in this acid comedy, directed by Cardeña. Full of poignant dialogues and nods to the present, the plot takes place in just a few heart-stopping hours and invites the viewer not to believe everything they see on the news.

Family programming in January

After the special Christmas programming, the family proposals return to the cultural offer of Sala Russafa with ‘Laberint’, a scenic version of the mythical fantastic film. The Valencian group Amimic offers two performances of this production on January 14 and 15 in which actors interact with medium and large puppets (up to 2 meters). Masks and a careful characterization of the performers come together with the recreation of environments full of fantasy to transport the public to the mysterious world that opens when Sara enters a maze looking for her little brother.

‘From Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Tango for Three)’.

Eduard Costa, who last season went through Sala Russafa with a hilarious theatrical version of ‘La Fallera Calavera’, signs and directs this show in which he plays one of the roles together with a cast made up of Mila Fernández, Myriam Garcés and Amadeo Llach .

The second family proposal of the month of January comes from the Aragonese company Teatro Che y Moche. On January 28 and 29 they premiere ‘De acá y de alla’ in the Community. Its protagonists are two adventurous sisters who travel the world. And wherever they set up their camp, the children are the first to come to be told stories, popular oral narratives from the countries they have visited, from Finland to Mongolia or Brazil.

Raquel Anadón and Gema Cruz interpret this piece with drama by Miguel A. Ortiz and Marian Pueo, a fun intercultural journey that emphasizes respect for differences, but also the points that unite children from any corner of the planet.

Last week for ‘My dear silly Spain’ and new premieres at Sala Russafa