Welcome to Teatralia! Children’s drawings are a mystery that many people struggle to understand. Vigotsky observed that young children first draw and then assign a title to their work. As childhood progresses, the order is reversed and the concept, the title of what one wants to paint, is first conceived, and then drawn.
There are therefore two essential forms of creation: the part of the idea, the abstract, and the one that begins in matter, the concrete.
To compose the Teatralia program two methods have been combined: a preconceived essential idea, to show the public of the Community of Madrid the best stage in the world, and the concrete and tangible works of the artists involved. With this idea and the artistic proposals an untitled drawing has been made.
Do you give it a name or look for the thread that connects the 24 scheduled works? Titles can be reductionist and constrain a world of images; Or they can drown the poetics in the logic of words or sink what is suggested in a sea of evidence.
Looking at the thread then. Try to remember the time before reality being petrified and immovable, that blissful and dazzling time that sometimes flashes back – childhood. Weave in an exercise of dissociation and association and search the barely perceptible thread that is born, like the human voice, in the Grotto of the Throat and arrives at Nothing of adolescents who seek the sense of being.
The established order of Hansel and Gretel has been reversed and we enter with them in the forest, “the first theatre of our fears”, a symbolic space that connects us with that of Alice in Wonderland. There is no Cheshire Cat smiling, he has been wiped out the in the war in Wonderland in the Land of Miseries.
Joy, the word of Gloria Fuertes celebrates the birth of this Madrid poet. And with that joviality we have Enchantés where people dance barefoot or, perhaps, with shoes manufactured by The cobbler and the elves.
There is Shakespeare but in a different way: Pocket Romeo and Juliet mix love and comedy with an unhappy ending. Love releases the young Marvin from the repressive environment in which his school days pass.
Sailors navigate hostile seas to chase the white whale of Moby Dick and, once on land, trace Footprints to reach the Northern Lights of Elisapi.
A classic tale – Lamp, Pea and Pen – with lullabies and Calderonian verse.
After spinning and reheating invisible threads, the program of a festival that is now 21 editions is woven and brings the best theatre for children and young people from the Community of Madrid to the world; Because Teatralia wants to reach everyone.
The drawing is complete. Was it a hat or boa that ate an elephant? It is up to you to name it.
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