The 53rd San Javier International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance will offer 14 shows from 4 to 24 August.

The 53rd San Javier International Festival of Theatr Music and Dance will offer 14 shows from 4 to 24 August
Presentation of the 53rd International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance of San Javier
– SAN JAVIER TOWN HALL

The 53rd International Festival of Theatre, Music and Dance of San Javier will be held from 4 to 24 August with 14 shows, nine of them in the auditorium of the Almansa Park, two in the winter theatre and another three, free of charge, in the street, according to municipal sources in a press release.

Tickets and season tickets will go on sale on 1 June with prices ranging from 12 to 35 euros and discounts of 20 percent for the retired, youth card holders and the disabled. The season ticket, which will include all the plays programmed, will cost 136.20 euros.

The Festival will begin on 4 August with the sound of the Japanese drums of ‘Yamato. The Drummers of Japan’ and their show ‘Temnei’ (Destino), which they are presenting for the first time in Spain. In it, the 12 members of the group perform a demonstration of physical fitness and adrenaline rush at the front of thirty traditional Japanese drums.

On the 6th of August comes the new play by playwright Eric Assous, ‘La ilusión conyugal’, directed by Antonio Hortelano, who had acted in ‘Nuestras mujeres’, the first hit in Spain by the French author of Tunisian origin. The play, starring Alejo Sauras, Ángela Cremonte and Álex Barahona, deals with relationships and friendship with agile, direct language, through a couple who decide to start a game that consists of being honest with each other and ends in a nightmare.

The Catalan company La Calòrica returns to San Javier on 10 August with one of its greatest hits, ‘Feísima enfermedad y muy triste muerte de la reina Isabel I’, a “grotesque tragicomedy about the hunger for power and the ridiculous brevity of life”, as the company describes it. The play, with dramaturgy by Joan Yago and direction by Israel Solá, focuses on the last day of the life of Isabella the Catholic, who with her husband awaits the arrival of Princess Juana the Mad.

The Almansa Park will open its doors on 11 August to host ‘En mitad de tanto fuego’, a monologue performed by Rubén de Eguía that is “both a war song and an oratory for the victims”, combining voices from the past and the present, based on the character of Patroclus, Achilles’ comrade-in-arms.

The play, co-produced by the Grec 2023 Festival de Barcelona and Miramedia, features the dramaturgy of Alberto Conejero, winner of the National Award for Dramatic Literature in 2019 for ‘La geometría del trigo’ and winner of the Max Award for Best Playwright. It is directed by Xavier Alberti, who has been director of the Grec and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, together with Toni Ubach.

On the 12th of August you can see a co-production of the San Javier Town Hall with the company Agosto del 36, ‘Bodas de sangre, el musical’, a version of the classic by Federico García Lorca in a contemporary key. With ten actors and three musicians playing live, the show, directed by Marina Cabañero, with music by Daniel Osiewala and Alicia Morote, explores new styles while maintaining the classics and innovating from the past, confronting rural customs with current codes and trends.

FESTIVAL AWARD
Actor Pepón Nieto will receive the Festival Award after the performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ on the evening of 14 August. The production, directed by Andrés Lima, is a co-production of the Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival, Mixtolobo and Pentación, and features Fele Martínez and Antonio Pagudo, among other actors. It is a comedy of entanglement devised by the most burlesque Shakespeare that sets the action in classical antiquity, although it is set in any British village contemporary to the author.

The San Javier Theatre Group, whose presence in each edition recalls the origin of the festival created 53 years ago by a local amateur theatre group, will premiere on 16 August ‘Las mujeres sabias’, by Molière, adapted and directed by Dori Buendía. With 13 actors on stage, the group aims to entertain with a satire on the false intellectuality that took place in the salons of the high bourgeoisie.

On the 18th of August, ‘The Trial’, the play that Kafka left unfinished and which became one of his best-known works, will come to the stage in the Almansa Park. Actor Carlos Hipólito gives life to Josef K, who is brought to trial for unknown reasons, starting an endless process that will lead to his condemnation. Ernesto Caballero adapts and directs this version co-produced by the National Drama Centre and Lantia Escénica.

The legendary company La Zaranda will arrive at the festival on 20 August with its latest premiere, ‘Manual para amar un sueño’ (Manual to Love a Dream), its own vision of theatre written by Eusebio Calonge, directed by Paco de La Zaranda and performed by the three members of the group, Gaspar Campuzano, Enrique Bustos and Francisco Sánchez. The company, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, remains faithful to its poetics, to a symbolic language and to the search for meaning and transcendence.

On this occasion, through two actors, one a veteran, a reflection in the mirror of an actor who is starting out and another who is observing. As usual with La Zaranda, their show will be performed in a more intimate and secluded place, and will therefore also be performed in the winter auditorium, which is located a few metres away from the summer auditorium, the festival’s venue.

Dance will arrive in the final stretch, on 22 August, with the Hungarian Szeged Contemporary Dance Company, directed by András Pataky, who will present the original choreography by Tamás Juronics on Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’. The company, created in 1987, has a repertoire with great choreographers from all over the world and stands out for its theatrical dance, contemporary acrobatic movements and visual effects with which it moves between the avant-garde and tradition.

Finally, on the 24th of August, ‘Salomé’ will arrive, another production of the Classical Theatre Festival of Mérida with Pentación, starring Belén Rueda with text and direction by Magüi Mira and set design by Curt Allen and Leticia Gañán, and with Luisa Martín, Sergio Mur and Pablo Pujol, among others in the cast. Magüi Mira speaks of wars, dictators, repression against women, love and desire in this version of Oscar Wilde’s famous play about the biblical character.

STREET THEATRE
The 53rd San Javier International Theatre, Music and Dance Festival has programmed three free open-air shows in La Manga del Mar Menor, Santiago de la Ribera and San Javier.

On 13 August, the Tomás Maestre port will host the show by the Granada-based urban theatre company Animasur ‘Love, love, love’, which has been recognised this year with the Max Theatre Award for Best Street Show. The play tackles the issue of male violence through a journey on stilts through the nature of love and opens doors to understanding.

On 15th August, the Paseo Colón will be the stage for another of the street shows scheduled for this year’s edition, ‘A la fresca’, by Anna Confetti. This is a comedy show starring three women who go out to take the fresh air with a giant chair, provoking comical situations.

On the 17th of August, the Plaza de España in San Javier will host ‘DESproVISTO’, a contemporary circus show for all audiences. This is the third work of the UpArte company, which stands out for its high technical acrobatic level, described as a search for balance between risk, rhythm, aesthetics and humour. All open-air performances will be free of charge and will start at 22.00.

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