15th to 17th July 2019

El efecto Telémaco y las romanas rebeldes (The Telemachus Effect and Roman Rebels)

3rd Staging Symposium

Certain sources reflect the presence of spectators in the Roman Theatre, referring to the exceptional quota the patriarchal system tolerated. Playwrights from the era created female characters destined to be incarnated by male actors and observed by a majority male audience. A few Roman women would sit in boxes reserved as the “matroneum”: a gender-based invention given that the paterfamilias prevented them from using their own names and surnames despite the fact that, at their aristocratic level, the women were the ones who managed the families and properties and inherited the wealth and would take advantage of this autonomy to gather, acquire knowledge and penetrate male circles. However, this did not prevent Metellus from killing his wife with a whip while drunk. Does this echo the voices of young feminists today? There were genies in Rome like the mythical Carmenta who invented the Latin alphabet and rebels like Hortensia who marched into the forum surrounded by her equals to the incomparably logical cry of: “If you exclude us from public life, don’t ask us to pay taxes”. There were battle-hardened women at the head of defensive armies. And valiant women among the servants and slaves of the popular classes who chose self-defence, mistrusting their right to mediators of trade. Rome reverberates with stories and clamours against long-lasting forms of justice which still spread patriarchal toxicity. Its theatre became more capable of critical humour, more direct and popular in the types and innovative in its theatrical, eclectic and irreverent performativity. We owe it something worth exploring.

Staging workshop

Encontrar la perla en el lodo (Finding a Pearl in the Mud)

Led by Marta Pazos, stage director and scenographer, Cia. Voadora. 
Duration: 9 hours. 
1st session of the workshop on the 15th: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
2nd session on the 16th: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
3rd session, the 17th: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
Aimed at actors, artists and people interested in staging and the articulation of the mechanisms used.

Method: Propose a test field and reflection upon contemporary creation. Observe, perceive the punctum where the eyes stop. Find a pearl in the mud. What is the detonator for a material to get through the sieve and rise? What should you do? The finding: a question of combinations, intuition. We’ll work with components that define Voadora: the appearance of monsters, symbolism, the humanization of concepts and the creation of universes of fantasy with evocative or disturbing atmospheres.

Pre-registration: starting on 20th June until full capacity is reached, at
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission: 16 participants (equal number of men and women) 
Registration: at La Nave del Duende.

3rd staging symposium

Tuesday, 16th July 2019

9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
Staging workshop
Presentations and roundtables are open to the public.

11:15 a.m. 
Opening of the 3rd Symposium 
Jesús Cimarro, Director of the 65th Festival of Mérida
Leire Iglesias, Regional Ministry of Culture and Equality of the Regional Government of Extremadura
Anna Caballé, President of the association Clásicas y Modernas
Margarita Borja, Coordinator of the 3rd Staging Symposium

12:15 p.m. 
Presentation of the book of acts from the 2nd Symposium in 2018
Elisa Barrientos, Director of IMEX, 
Victoria Cansinos, editor of the book of acts Después de la Derrota de Clitemnestra (After the Fall of Clytemnestra)

1 p.m. 
Why Do We Care About the Classical World?
Amelia Valcárcel, philosopher/conference lecturer 
Moderated by Anna Caballé, President of the association Clásicas y Modernas

4:30 p.m.
Conferences: Comedy and Citizenship in Rome. The Place of Women
Andrés Pociña, emeritus, University of Granada. Expert on Greece and Rome 
Aurora López, emeritus, Univ. of Granada. Expert on Greco-Latin theatre
Moderated by Aurora Luque, poet and essayist

5:30 p.m.
Conferences: Becoming Female Characters from Other Periods 
Mariana Carballal, actress and theatre teacher 
Ana Labordeta, actress 
Mónica Maffía, actress 
Moderated by Magda García Arenal, Director of the Guirigai Theatre

11:00 p.m. 
Programme for the 65th Festival at the Roman Theatre

Wednesday, 17th July 2019

9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
Staging workshop.

10:00 a.m.
Tour of the Roman Museum

11:15 a.m.
Homage to Kathleen López Kilkoyne 
with Ana Labordeta, actress; Jesús Cimarro, Director of the theatre company Pentación and Nieves Mateo, actress and cultural journalist 
Commemorative video

11:30 a.m. 
Coffee break

12:00 p.m. 
Roundtable: Activism for Gender Equality in Theatre 
José Sagit, Co-Founder HF. President of ODIA, a theatre network in Normandy 
Stèphane Frimat, member HF Board for Equality, French Ministry of Culture 
Marifé Santiago Bolaños, Vice-President CyM at the National Observatory for Gender Equality, Spanish Ministry of Culture.

1 p.m. 
Roundtable: Temporadas Igualdad MH de CyM (Time for Gender Equality)
Karina Garantivá, Coordinator, Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Madrid 
Mariana Carballal, Coordinator Temporadas Igualdad in Galicia 
Pilar Pastor Eixart, Co-editor of the brochure “Where Are Women in Music? Symphony Orchestras and Conservatories 
Rosa Meras, actress and producer of the Violeta Theatre Festival
Moderated by Toni Álvarez, Director of CEMART

1:45 p.m. 
Roundtable: Cultural Activity in Extremadura 
Eva Romero, Director of the Youth Greco-Latin Theatre Festival 
Pilar Galán, writer, professor, cultural journalist 
María Pachón, journalist, editor of Maldita Cultura 
Moderated by Chus García, freelance journalist

2:30 p.m. 
Official Closing of the Symposium

Technical Crew:  Production Clásicas y Modernas
Lourdes Lucía, CyM management
Beatriz Galindo, CyM Technical Secretariat
Alejandra Sentís, Assistant Coordinator
Gregoria Gutiérrez Oliva, translator
Victoria Cansinos, editor of the book of acts

Management collaboration in Extremadura:  Cristina Silveira, Director of Nave del Duende
Concha Rodríguez, Director of La Estampa Teatro
Magda García Arenal, Director of Teatro Guirigai
General Coordination and Publishing: Margarita Borja, Vice-President CyM theatrical arts

Workshop registration: :

Staging workshop: 15th to 17th July. 
Venue: Centro Cultural Alcazaba 
(c/ John Lennon, 5)

3rd Staging Symposium: 
16th and 17th July 
Venue: Museo Nacional de Arte Romano (c/ José Ramón Mélida, s/n)

Mobile Journalism + Culture / Mojo+C

2nd and 3rd July 2019

Mobile Journalism + Culture / Mojo+C

2nd International Symposium

The Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival is organising the second edition of the International Symposium on Mobile Journalism and Culture MoJo+C, which will be held on 2nd and 3rd July 2019 with the participation of renowned professionals in the audiovisual community.

For its 64th edition, the Festival organised the first international symposium which was attended by some 60 people who participated in discussions, a masterclass, practical classes and a MoJo Walk through Mérida.

At the 2nd edition, the emphasis will be on the practical learning of techniques and skills for filming under any circumstance.

This year’s trainers will be journalists Glen Mulcahy, the father of mobile journalism; Ana López, a trainer who specialises in MoJo; Roberto Santamaría, a MoJo trainer for the institution RTVE and Urbano García, Managing Director of Corporación Extremeña de Medios Audiovisuales (the audiovisual media corporation of Extremadura).

Venue: Centro Cultural Alcazaba (Calle John Lennon, 5)

Theory content-masterclass Glen Mulcahy

Usefulness, future and challenges. 
Conclusions from the Galway Mojofest. 
Cases and tips.

Practical content

Mobile photography (videos with photos, composition rules). 
Filming with iOS or Android. 

Sound and light for mobile filming. 

Night filming. 
Stabilising an image. 
Map types. 
Video editing on a laptop, tablet and mobile phone. 
Radio editing (interviews, reports, chronicles). 
Audiovisual composition. 
Structuring a story. 
Live broadcast. 
Vertical video.


Those attending the course will film a video which will be evaluated by the trainers. The best work will be posted on the festival website and social media accounts and the one that scores the highest will win a grant for the Mobile Journalism course taught by Formación A3Media.

Technology tools

Photo: Camera +, Procamera 
Photo editing: Snapseed, PS Express, VSCO 
Video: FilmicPro 
Video editing: iMovie, LumaFusion, Quik, Splice 
Teleprompter: Telepromter, iAutocue, iAutoscroll

Photo: Open Camera, Camera FV-5 
Photo editing: Snapseed, PS Express, VSCO 
Video: FilmicPro, Camera FV-5, 
Video editing: Kinemaster, PowerDirector, Quik 
Teleprompter: Telepromter, iAutocue, iAutoscroll

Tripod, monopod, mobile adapter, clip microphone…


Glen Mulcahy The founder of Titanium-Media, the former Head of Innovation with RTE, the national public broadcaster in Ireland, he is the biggest promoter of mobile journalism in the world. The founder of Mojofest Ireland, Glen has trained more than 1,000 journalists in Europe and the Middle East.

Ana López A journalist with extensive training in television and online media, she provides MoJo training at places such as Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Atresmedia and Escuela de Comunicación de Unidad Editorial. She has also done in-house training for Grupo Godó and Grupo La Información.

Urbano García A Universidad Complutense de Madrid graduate in Information Science, he has held different positions at RTVE where he was the Director in Extremadura. Since 2017, he has been the Managing Director of Corporación Extremeña de Medios Audiovisuales (CEXMA), a regional public company.

Roberto Santamaría A Universidad de Deusto graduate in Philosophy and Literature and a Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU graduate in Audiovisual Communication, he is a reporter for RTVE La Rioja, RNE and TVE. He is also the creator and host of the micro-show Vida de Artista (An Artist’s Life) on Radio 5 RNE and a new technologies trainer for the in-house Instituto RTVE.

Merida. From Art to Technique

25yh and 26th July 2019

Merida. From Art to Technique

Events organised to offer an overview of classical theatre culture as seen through the eyes of the professionals who work on ancient stages.

The event is organised into two sessions – a specific one on Fruition, Archaeology and Architecture and another one the use and application of different techniques for performances that take place at these unique venues.

Attending these sessions will be outstanding professionals associated with the artistic and technical side of the performing arts such as Vangelis Theodoropoulos, Artistic Director of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival; Juan Gómez Cornejo, a lighting technician who was awarded a National Theatre Prize; Ana Garai, scenographer and costume designer; Mariano García, sound designer; Félix Palma, archaeologist and Director of the Monumental City of Mérida Consortium; José Beltrán, Archaeology Chair at the University of Seville, among others.

The events are aimed at show business professionals, architects, archaeologists, drama professors and students and anyone else who may be interested.

Scientific coordination and direction: Antonio Tejedor Cabrera, Juan Gómez Cornejo and Guillermo Galán Nogales.

Organisation: Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival , 5th International Roman Theatre Forum: The Use and Management of Ancient Performance Venues in collaboration with the Spanish Academy of Theatrical Arts and the University of Seville

Place and Date: Caja de Ahorros de Badajoz assembly hall in Mérida on 25th July in the afternoon and 26th July in the morning and afternoon


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