Just as it has illuminated the cultural and artistic life of Gran Canaria during the last 22 years and, in particular, during the pandemic, the Cuyás Theater yesterday turned on the light that, from now on, will illuminate one of its emblems: the work of the island sculptor Ana Luisa Benítez Stage fright.
The lighting of the piece, which represents the culmination of the project, coincides with the closing, this same weekend, of the 2020/2021 season of the Cabildo theater, marked by the efforts of the island institution to counteract the effects of the Covid -19 in the cultural sector, as well as with the announcement, a few days ago, of the candidacy of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be the European Capital of Culture in 2031.
Made in bronze in 2019 by Ana Luisa Benítez to extol the importance of the performing arts on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Cuyás, Scenic Fear represents “the artist’s panic before the public, to enter the stage to interpret a work and face trial of spectators, stage directors and critics ”, a fear to which, in recent times, has been added the fear caused by the pandemic and its effects on the cultural sector.
In that sense, to finally illuminate Scenic Fear represents for those responsible for this venue a whole metaphor about which, they hope, is the definitive way out of the crisis, as recently stated by the insular Minister of Culture, Guacimara Medina.
The work, which is actually a sculptural group measuring 2.5 x 1.34 meters and weighing 200 kilos made up of the figure of a young woman and two doors, deals with “the indecisions that all of us have when faced with unexpected situations, to the procrastination of decisions, to the sterility of postponing our actions, as well as to the fear of opening different doors of destiny “, according to its author, an outstanding student of the artist Miró Mainou, who has a wide and recognized career inside and outside of his home island.
Not in vain, Benítez is the creator of emblematic pieces such as Telde’s Shoe Shine, The Agüimes Carnival or Children playing, in the central Plaza Farray in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Apart from participating in numerous exhibitions in Spanish and foreign galleries and centers -especially in Switzerland and Germany-, the also painter and pianist has to her credit numerous works on illustrious figures such as the botanist Sventenius, the politician Bravo Murillo, the artist Néstor Álamo, the musician John Lennon or the writer Benito Pérez Galdós.
Apart from its undeniable contribution to intangible heritage as a space for the exhibition and promotion of these disciplines, the Foundation for the Performing Arts and Music of Gran Canaria, which manages the Cuyás, treasures a valuable material heritage, with two buildings classified as asset of cultural interest (BIC): the headquarters of the theater itself, on Viera y Clavijo street, and that of the Sala Insular de Teatro (SIT), on Avenida de Primero de Mayo.