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As part of the summer theatre cycle Clásicos en verano, the company Pata Teatro will be staging Celestina at the I.E.S. Vicente Espinel in Málaga (Spain). The eighteenth century Patio de Arcos serves as the perfect setting for this new adaptation of the classic, which promises to be much more traditional and conservative than the previous 2015 versions Ojos de agua and Celestina: La Tragicomedia.
Performances take place from Tuesday to Saturday, from the 1st of July to the 8th of August, at 22:00. As the capacity of the Patio de Armas is limited to 150 spectators, it is highly recommended to book well in advance.
The last time I saw Celestina on stage, in the 2012 adaptation by Eduardo Galán, I had the impression the director had been deeply impressed by Martín de Riquer’s article on the opening scene taking place in a church1. This time I feel it has been Alan Deyermond’s “Hilado > Cordón > Cadena” which has greatly influenced Ricardo Iniesta’s adaptation2, as I think can be clearly seen in the staging of his version of Celestina. The blood-red skein becomes central during Celestina’s spell, who tangles and untangles it with her hands several times, and it is used to wrap and enclose Melibea during her talk with the old go-between. After that, Melibea’s girdle (a handkerchief in this version) is portrayed as a piece of bait Celestina moves in front of Calisto and has the same mesmerising effect as the skein had on Melibea. Finally, Calisto’s extra-long golden chain resembles very much the thread and the girdle, and not only does Celestina tangle it around her hands, but the servants Pármeno and Sempronio find it miraculously directly after her death, just before being executed, as if the sequence described by Alan Deyermond needed the addition of this discovery to be complete.
On the 15th of August of 2014 this blog announced the musical experiment and a fantasy on Celestina by the company Opera Erratica to be performed from the 20th to the 29th of March of 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). Now it is time to have a look at the trailer of the project, which looks… Well, better watch it yourselves:
As far as I know, as I have not had the chance to see it, Ojos de agua recombines the text some of the best passages of the original Celestina to shape a monologue on time, sex, beauty and, above all, the joy of life despite life itself. In it, the go-between did not die at the hands of Pármeno and Sempronio, but retired to a nunnery after the tragic deaths of the servants and the lovers. After a time living as an enclosed nun, Celestina decides to break her vow of silence to tell the other nuns the case of Calisto and Melibea. However, her confession turns up to be an account on the life of Celestina herself.
Despite the unquestionable personality of Celestina, the script by Álvaro Tato is not a reflection on her character, but a discourse on the topics of worn-out beauty, past times, approaching death, and lost freedom. Actually, the debt of Ojos de agua with the original text of Celestina should be interpreted as just a further sign of its topicality and timelessness.
Ojos de agua is on tour since the premiere on the 6th of December of 2014, at the Real Coliseo Carlos III in El Escorial (Madrid), and until late May 2015. The coming dates and locations are:
- Thursday, 12th of February, Ponferrada. Teatro Bergidum.
- Saturday, 14th of February, Villa Real (Castellón).
- Sunday, 15th of February, Catarroja (Valencia). TAC Catarroja.
- Saturday, 21st of February, Basauri (Vizcaya). Social Antzokia.
- Saturday, 28th of February, Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid). Teatro Municipal José Mª Rodero.
- Saturday, 14th of March, Zaragoza. Teatro Principal.
- Sunday, 15th of March, Zaragoza. Teatro Principal.
- Saturday, 21st of March, Getafe (Madrid). Teatro Federico Gª Lorca.
- Friday, 24th of April, Almería.
- Saturday, 9th of May, Leganés (Madrid). Teatro José Monleón.
- Saturday, 23rd of May, Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid).
More information is to be found at the official website of the play: http://ojosagua.blogspot.com.es
Opera erratica: “La Celestina” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York (20th-29th of March 2015)
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Vélez Blanco Patio (Gallery 534)
Price: Free with museum admission
Following a message of the Celestina mailing list, I decided to have a look at the Met’s official programme and, effectively, there it is: a musical experiment and a fantasy on Celestina by the company Opera Erratica to be performed from the 20th to the 29th of March 2015.
Leaving aside the suggestion of a “conversa” being on stage made at the Met’s description of the performance, it looks interesting, at least. And, if not, it is a good excuse for “celestinistas” to visit the Met.