Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival extends its desire to universalise the Festival and its Greco-Roman theatre to Medellín. This summer, for the fifth consecutive year, the reclaimed Roman Theatre of Medellín will play host to an extension of the Mérida Festival that gives the monument back its use as a theatre stage.
The audience attending this fourth edition will be able to enjoy three great performances brought to Medellín which have been previously highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike: La bella Helena, a co-production with Rodetacón Teatro; La comedia de las mentiras, co-produced by the Festival, Mixtolobo and Pentación Espectáculos, and Viriato, co-produced with Verbo Producciones.
Apart from theatre performances, there will also be the street performance Dioses y monstruos by the company Escalera de Tijeras, which will be held on 20 July at 21:00.
20 July 2018
By Florián Recio
Rome appoints Viriathus amicus populi romani, as a prize to the mercy shown by the Lusitani leader when sparing the life of the general Servilianus and his men. A period of peace begins for Viriathus and his people. But Caepio, the new consul, is not willing to allow a barbarian to be proud of having forced to Rome to sign a treaty. With the connivance of the Senate, he breaks this peace treaty. Viriathus has become a symbol for the enemy tribes of Rome. Caepio seeks to demonstrate that there is no symbol strong enough not to be crushed by Roma. Even if it’s by treason…
Viriathus is, however, not just a story of the ups and downs of the Lusitani leader. It’s a reflection on war. On how the fight for power, greed, blindness for mercy are the reason why in the history of man war is the norm and peace the exception. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are proof of this today…
Author: Florián Recio
Direction and dramaturgy: Paco Carrillo
Cast: Fernando Ramos, Ana García, Pedro Montero, Manuel Menárguez, David Gutiérrez, Jesús Manchón, Juan Carlos Tirado, Paca Velardiez, José F. Ramos.
A co-production by Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida and Verbo Producciones
21 July 2018
La comedia de las mentiras
(The Comedy of Lies)
By Pep Anton Gómez and Sergi Pomermayer
Athens. A brother and sister, Hippolyta and Leonidas, have fallen in love. She, with a young man called Tindaro, and he with a girl called Gimnasia, who is … a flute player. But neither Tindaro nor Gimnasia are the ideal partners in the eyes of Hippolyta’s and Leonidas’ father, a stubborn miser, who is a wine, cloth and lyre merchant. He is currently away on a business trip and has left his sister, Cantara, in charge of his house. She is a spinster aunt who has been waiting forty years for Philemon, the love of her youth, who one day went out to buy figs and never came back.
Hippolyta wants to elope with Tindaro, but not without first getting the dowry that her father refuses to give her. How can she do it? By lying. Leonidas wants to elope with Gimnasia because Degollus, a Macedonian general, has bought her for his use and enjoyment, and intends to take her away. How can he do it? By lying. Calidoro, a slave to all, who has taken care of and seen the brother and sister grow up, says “the only thing I never did was breastfeed them”, and is forced to help them. How? By lying. In the meantime, Cantara, after so many years of abstinence, falls in love with a young man called Titinio, who isn’t really called Titinio, because Titinio is a liar. And Degollus turns up, who neither turns out to be who he claims he is, because, of course, he is also a liar.
And on top of all these lies, loads of pirates, and an old man called Postumus. And Tiberia, always snoop and rabid, and a mysterious mother, who we don’t really know what happened to her, some squid, and pears, lots of pears, and the wonderful verses of Sappho, and some more lies. And all these lies concocted as not to come to blows and for love to triumph. Ah, and so that poor Calidoro will not end up receiving the blame for everything as always. But, as you can imagine, being a slave, it’s not going to be easy.
Authors: Pep Anton Gómez and Sergi Pomermayer
Direction: Pep Anton Gómez
Cast: Pepón Nieto, María Barranco, Paco Tous, José Troncoso, Angy Fernández, Raúl Jiménez, Marta Guerras.
A co-production by Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida, Mixtolobo and Pentación Espectáculos.
22 July 2018
La bella Helena
(La belle Hélène)
By Jacques Offenbach
Eris, the goddess of “discord”, provokes a competition to discover which of the three goddesses of Olympus is the most beautiful: Athena, Aphrodite or Hera. The judge will be a shepherd called Paris. In order to win the title of “the fairest of them all”, Aphrodite promises the shepherd he will be granted the favours of the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, the Queen of Sparta. The conflict arises when Eris plays with the fates of all to fulfil the goddess of love’s promise. Not only will Paris have to fight against Menelaus, beautiful Helen’s husband, but also against Calchas the soothsayer, as well as the kings of Greece Agamemnon, Achilles, and Great and Little Ajax… however, the worst comes to the worst when he ends up head-over-heels in love with the unrivalled and sensual Helen.
The story will show us how Ancient Greece was afflicted by corruption in an ironic, light-hearted and very musical way. At the end we will see how the most important war of antiquity was sparked, which will take all our characters to Troy.
Author: Jacques Offenbach
Adaptation: Miguel Murillo and Ricard Reguant
Direction: Ricard Reguant
Cast: Gisela, Leo Rivera, Rocío Madrid, Javier Enguix, Josean Moreno, Cata Munar, Cayetano Fernández, Marta Arteta, Graciela Monterde, Joan Carles Bestard, Clara Alvarado, Tamara Agudo, Pablo Romo, Mikel Hennet, Javier Pascual.
Choir: Lara Martorán, María Amado, Alba Gómez, Jose Antonio Sáez, Helena Guerrero, Silvia Reguera, Daniel Balas, Marta Manchón, Nuria Llano, Marta Castell
A co-production by Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida and Rodetacón Teatro