Windmills, Come to Me!

This project uses an interdisciplinary approach which includes theater, music, dance, and visual arts. Taking the famous Windmills chapter from Cervantes’ novel as our starting point, we ask ourselves: what would happen if one day we decided to undertake a journey into the unknown, leaving behind all we had known before? Driven by the spirit of Don Quixote, different characters travel through the stage. They search. They search for themselves. They evoke the knight’s “sad countenance”. They dig into their own fears and into the tools to face them. A journey that is simultaneously interior and oniric. The project was interfered with and affected by the 2020 health crisis, when many members had to self-isolate for a long time. Absence and yearning are therefore present throughout the performance.

LauraEnÓrbita produces and brings together the work that Laura Suárez has been developing for more than 20 years as a director, actress and theater pedagogue. She conceives performing arts as an interdisciplinary and inclusive space. This space has facilitated the creation of the company Vertebradas Artes Escénicas, among others.

The company:  Vertebradas Artes Escénicas arises from the Permanent Inclusive Theater Workshop created and directed by Laura Suarez. The workshop, active since 2015, has an emphasis on experimenting with acting techniques and collective creativity. The main interest of the workshop is to deepen in the method of the Theater of Experience, experiment with acting techniques, and collective creation. Open to a scenic language where we explore our expressive capacities, ‘difference’ is an opportunity for enrichment. The workshop is attended by people with and without theater experience, with or without mental or physical disabilities.

Cast: Mª Carmen Albite, Adrián Corona, Marisol Farré, Manuel Gester Suárez, Beatriz Guijarro Gordillo, Marta Lage de la Rosa, Jesús Martínez, Carol McEvoy, Alberto Millán García, Alena Muñoz Sánchez, Diego Sánchez Collantes, Jaime Romero, Verónica Samohano, Josefa Sánchez and Marta Sancho.

Live Music: Werner Glaser (violin and voice).

 

Artistic and Technical Data:

Collective Creation on an idea by Marta Lage de la Rosa and Laura Suárez

Main text: Excerpts from “Don Quixote of La Mancha”, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Musical Compositions played live: “Lachrimae Antiquae”, J. Dowland; “Dame, vostre doulz viaire”, G. De Machaut; and “Lament for Eoin Rua”.

Original Compositions, Sound Design & Audiovisual Cration: Manuel Gester Suárez     

Stage Manager: Floren Pivel

Costume Design and Stage Props: Elena Alcaín y Marta Lage de la Rosa

Costume and Stage Prop Production: Elena Alcaín y Carmen Rosa Marcos

Assistants in Stage Prop Production: Natalia Abril

Artistic Make-Up: Beatriz Guijarro Gordillo

Shadow Language and Technique: Marilena Muratori

Light Design: Leandra Rodríguez

Light Technician: Ana López

Photography: David Gamella

Video: Carmen Macías Farré y Cecilia Montagut

Graphic Design: La Casa de Carlota & Friends, Sevilla

Assistant director: Mirta Maidana

Director and Dramaturgist: Laura Suárez

Production: LauraEnÓrbita

Co-Production: Vertebradas Artes Escénicas

Collaboration: Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Pedagogía Curativa Rudolf Steiner and Escuela Waldorf Aravaca

 

Molinos ¡a mí! has been performed in:

. 2021 Season of the Teatro del Barrio, Madrid (New version).

. V Festival Visibles: performed november 22nd, 2020, at Teatro del Barrio, Madrid. (New version)

. Teatro Salón Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares, as part of the 15th European Consortium for Arts Therapies in Education ECARTE. September 11th, 2019. (First version)

 

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