Atalaya Teatro returns to Cuyás theater with ‘King Lear’, second Shakespearean staging of this prestigious Andalusian company after its acclaimed ‘Richard III ‘.
The action of this show, the one that received the most nominations at the 2019 Max Awards, is not located at any time. “We are facing a universal text in time and space “because” human passions and instincts have not changed in the last 4,000 years, “explain those responsible, who underline the validity of a text banned for centuries because of its harsh criticism of the powerful.
“We are before the Shakespeare with greater maturity, but also with greater social sensitivity and humanism, of a tremendous modernity “, they add from the training led by Ricardo Iniesta.” It might seem that his words were written by a contemporary revolutionary philosopher, but his form is of such poetic beauty which is situated in another dimension than the rest of the universal theater “, they affirm.
This version of the classic also powers “the search for human condition nakedness that underlies the text, stripping the individual of everything superfluous, connecting with the essence of nature and seeking empathy towards the rest of humanity “.
Carmen Gallardo (‘Madrecoraje’, ‘Celestina’) addresses in ‘King Lear’ who is probably the most nuanced protagonist of the universal theater, recently played by actresses of the stature of Nuria Espert and Glenda Jackson.
Along with her, artists from three generations of Atalaya embody a handful of characters also of great significance. Leaning on a fast-paced choreography and in a dozen vibrant songs performed live, the nine actors, who modify the stage space before the public on multiple occasions, are present on stage throughout the show, incorporating the main characters, secondary characters and soldiers’ choirs and ragged.
In this sense, the choirs, increasingly present in the company’s productions (it could be seen in ‘Marat-Sade’), reach a truly shocking power here that will impact the spectators who come to Cuyás on Friday and Saturday at 7.30 pm (the schedule of both functions, for which there are no tickets left, was brought forward an hour due to level 3 of alert in Gran Canaria for Covid-19).
According to critics, Atalaya has managed to create a own style based on the energy of the actor, both through the body and the voice, the contemporary reading of the great universal texts, the expressionist power of images and the poetic treatment of space, music and objects.
The continuity of its stable team also allows long investigation processes for each assembly, something to which the existence since 2008 of the International Center for Theater Research (TNT), which has the largest private theater in Andalusia and a permanent laboratory-school.
Awarded with fifty awards over more than three decades, the company led by Ricardo Iniesta has thus become a benchmark in Spanish research theater, as noted by the jury that awarded it the National Theater Award 2008.
Atalaya, which has traveled to nearly half a thousand cities in thirty-nine countries on six continents and all of the Spanish provinces, has participated in more than 150 international festivals.