The title is rhetorical because Federico García Lorca he is still alive and present in Buenos Aires. In the bookstores of Corrientes street the books of the Andalusian author, new or of fifth hand, are piled up in bright shelves or disordered and dusty drawers full of copies of Yerma, Bernarda Alba's house or Gypsy romance. The Castelar hotel, on Avenida de Mayo - the most Spanish of the Buenos Aires arteries - preserves the room who occupied the poet between 1933 and 1934, when he traveled to the Argentine capital for a week and ended up staying almost six months. Better not have returned to Spain.
It is not surprising, then, that the tickets for the three functions of the last weekend of Núria Espert reciting Lorca at the Cervantes theater. The devotion of the most veteran public of Buenos Aires by the Catalan actress, of 83 years, comes from decades and is the product of the many visits of Espert to Argentina, as a medium of the Granada poet and as an exponent of the Spanish classical theater. It is no coincidence that the hospitalense artist performed in the newly restored Cervantes, the most Hispanic of theaters in Buenos Aires, with the permission of the Avenue -where Lorca appeared in person-, with its spectacular main hall named after María Guerrero . The Cervantes is also the headquarters of the Argentine National Theater (TNA).
Espert recited Gypsy romance, in the warm assembly directed by Lluís Pasqual and premiered last year, which also served to close the VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language, held at the end of March in the Argentine city of Córdoba. In an atmosphere of artificial smoke and intimate lighting, the actress, between poem and poem, reads original comments of Lorca written for the Ballads and contributes his own, as the tribute to Margarida Xirgu, the first Lorca actress. On stage, Espert is declared the "most devoted student" of the great Catalan interpreter, who highlighted her "courage" to defend her ideals and face exile, most of which occurred in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, where she died.
Today, a large photo of the Xirgu presides over the hall of the Casal de Catalunya in Buenos Aires, the works of Federico are never over the Buenos Aires billboard and the fans of Núria Espert always wait for his return to the most lorquian city of America.