‘The scene, journeys of illusion’, motto of the Max in Tenerife

‘The scene, journeys of illusion’, motto of the Max in Tenerife
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‘The scene, journeys of illusion’, motto of the Max in TenerifeED

The journey that the experience of creating and contemplating a dramatic work entails will be the protagonist of the XXVII Max Awards for the Performing , which will be held in Tenerife on July 1. This year’s motto will be, thus, The scene, journeys of illusion. The ceremony, which will be directed by the playwright Jose Padilla (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1976), will take place at the Auditorium of Tenerife Adán Martín and will have as its narrative axis the life of the acclaimed Canarian poet and playwright Ángel Guimerá, whose first centenary of his death is celebrated this July.

“The motto connects directly and very intimately with the spirit of Ángel Guimerá, due to the illusion of creating that he proposes in his works, which moves us, inspires us and pushes us forward as creators,” defends Padilla. Guimerá was born in 1845 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, curiously very close to the Auditorium of Tenerife that will host the great festival of the Performing Arts in Spain. At just eight years old he moved, through a long sea voyage, to Catalonia, where he created all of his work, “a trip that traumatized him and made him never take a boat again,” Padilla confesses. What the playwright and stage director feels for Guimerá is true fascination: “It is a unique case in the history of humanity.” He explains, in this sense, that “he is a universal Tenerife native, perhaps the greatest literary creator on the Island” and, at the same time, he is the father of theater and the Reinaxença of Catalan literature. Furthermore, he was a candidate for Nobel Prize in Literature at the beginning of the 20th centurygiving rise to numerous speculations about how his linguistic affiliation may have worked against him.

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In this way, with the background of the life and work of the Tenerife poet, Padilla proposes to revive on stage the journey that took Ángel Guimerá from one end of Spain to the other, through a journey that extols “all the wealth we have.” on an artistic level and that which the co-official languages ​​of the State have in themselves, a unique wealth of our state that we must praise and manifest. For Padilla, the Canary Islands have always been “a constant hive of art”, which, he anticipates, will be reflected throughout the entire ceremony. Catalan will also be present since, although he never stopped defending his condition as a Tenerife native, Guimerá wrote the entirety of his dramatic work in that language. Thus, the director wants to defend “that diverse way of not only being an artist, but also of being a Canarian.”

This Canarian being is closely linked to the customs and traditions of a community deeply proud of its land. Folklore, Padilla adds, “can be universal, far from being something enclosed between four walls,” roots that he understands as “a way of showing the world what belongs to us, inviting it to belong to everyone as well.” Thus, dance, music and customs of the Archipelago will be very present, as will humor, in an evening that will not ignore other sad current affairs. «World War I crossed the life of Ángel Guimerá and was something that moved him to write», says Padilla. The genius of Catalan literature wrote several plays that served as metaphors about the war conflicts that are still very current today: “If you tell me that he wrote those texts last week talking about Gaza, I believe it,” adds the director. Thus, he aims to demonstrate that art is not necessary for society “is a fallacy.”

The team that will accompany Jose Padilla will be “a dream team”, as he defines it, of top-level artistic professionals, such as Paula Quintana, Yaiza Pinillos or José Pablo Polo.

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