“Las Cosas Buenas” de Victoria Facio y Pablo Rojas

Las cosas buenas es un texto escrito a cuatro manos y a distancia, en un puente creado por Victoria Facio y Pablo Rojas, con dos puestas en escena, una en Madrid y otra en Buenos Aires, llevadas a cabo, cada una de ellas, por dos elencos diferentes

Teatro Madrid

Hoy hemos por fin podido asistir a este montaje. Es imposible intentar se imparcial cuando se trata de un texto y una puesta en escena de Victoria y de Pablo y, si bien el contexto geográfico y cultural quizá se le pueda escapar al madrileño medio, el resto de lo que hemos visto esta noche es universal y perfectamente extrapolable a cualquier otro momento o lugar.

El tono de los diálogos empieza en lo tragicómico, e incluso en lo costumbrista, pero termina en algo verdaderamente desolador (y al mismo tiempo sin dejar de ser costumbrista… casi nimio).

No he podido evitar acordarme de otros personajes interpretados por Victoria al ver el personaje de Nené, pero me ha gustado mucho el enfoque de Soledad Caltana. En manos de ella se convierte en alguien más inocente, casi hasta el punto de parecer que le falta un hervor, pero a la vez más socarrón y agudo.

Me he puesto del lado de ese personaje de inmediato y ha sido la interpretación de Soledad la que verdaderamente me ha arrastrado, desde un comienzo más bien lento, hasta el final MUY arriba.

Dicho todo esto, si estáis en Madrid, os quedan 2 funciones: viernes 24 y viernes 31 de abril.

No lo dejéis pasar.


Texto: Pablo Rojas, Victoria Facio
Dirección: Victoria Facio
Reparto: Majo Cordonet, Noelia Noto, Soledad Caltana

En El Umbral de La Primavera hasta el 31 de Mayo.

Vídeo de Juanlu Ruiz

Una casa en cualquier pueblo perdido de la Argentina. Lo que alguna vez fue la habitación que daba a la calle es ahora un kiosco improvisado de abarrotado mobiliario. Allí conviven dos hermanas: Pilar, que recientemente se ha descubierto artista y tiene la euforia propia de quien por fin encuentra sentido a su vida, y Nené, que tradicionalmente ha dedicado todos sus esfuerzos a intentar mantener el negocio familiar a flote y cuidar de Felequete, algo o alguien que vive en el fondo de la casa y le demanda una atención constante. Quizás un ser mitológico, quizás un hermano abandonado o una mascota; quizás, a fin de cuentas, la representación de sus miedos y frustraciones.

Un asfixiante fin de semana de carnaval llega Malú, la tercera hermana, la única que se fue del pueblo con ansias de triunfar en una gran ciudad. Regresa acompañada de su hija adolescente en un coche cargado de souvenirs para revender y oscuras deudas que saldar.

La visita de Malú dejará aflorar la complejidad de sus vínculos, sus reacciones ante el abandono y la soledad de cada una de ellas frente a sus expectativas vitales.

Nota de Prensa

Zumaia

The town has two beaches (Itzurun and Santiago), which are of interest to geologists because they are situated among the longest set of continuous rock strata in the world. Known locally as the “flysch” they date from the mid-cretaceous period to the present, a time period of over 100 million years. The K-T boundary is present at the Itzurun beach, and fossils can be found, notably of ammonites. The strata stretches along a distance of about 8 km, between the towns/beaches of Deba and Getaria, with Zumaia lying in the middle.

Zumaia – Wikipedia
Choir inside the “albergue de peregrinos” in Zumaia

Now the beach of Itzurun has become world famous thanks to Game of Thrones, which set Drangonstone there.

Portugal impressions

Visiting our quieter, more sensible neighbours to the west

  • The arrivals gate at the airport is above level from the people waiting, making it easier to see those coming out the gate.
  • Obrigado/a: In order to say “Thank you” you need to disclose your gender in Portugese
  • The smoking are outside is NOT next to the taxi stop but across the road.
  • The song playing on the radio in the tqxi was a duet, a Spanish/Portugese.
  • The taxi fare from airport to the hotel was 6,6€. The fare from my place to the Madrid airport was 30€
  • 2 million people commute to Lisbon BY FERRY everyday.

Subtle differences with Spain

“No incomodar” sounds a lot gentler than “No molestar”.

“Alcampo” is called “Auchan” but has the same exact logo.

“Pasteis de nata” are in fact oversugared, undersized & burnt “pasteles de arroz”.

Late medieval origins

Castillo san Jorge. Morería, they were only allowed there.

The story of how the castle was conquered from the Muslim rules, the hero getting his body in the way of the door (Cascorro style)

Pedro IV getting rid of religious orders privileges in the 1830’s and granted a constitution

The seal of Lisboa. Whose corpse was acoopanied by a flock of Ravens?

1506 massacre

Church of de São Domingos. Alleged miracle, a concerted jew denied it and was killed. There was a masacre of 2000+ jews. When the king knew about this he EXECUTED the instigators (priests) and closed the church for 8 years.

We were allowed into the church even though the mass was in progress.
That would never been allowed in Spain, people are so much nicer in here.

Dominican friars promised absolution for sins committed over the previous 100 days to those who killed the “heretics”, and a crowd of more than 500 people (many of them sailors from HollandZeeland and the Kingdom of Germany) gathered and killed all the New Christians they could find on the streets, burning their bodies by the Tagus or in Rossio.

That Sunday, more than 500 people were violently sent to their deaths.

The New Christians, no longer found on the streets, were dragged from their houses and from churches and, along with their wives, sons and daughters, were burnt in the public squares alive or dead.

Not even infants were spared, as the crowd ripped them to pieces or threw them against the walls. The crowd proceeded to loot the houses, stealing all the gold, silver and linens they could find. More than 1000 people were killed on the second day.

Lisbon Massacre – Wikipedia

The 1755 Earthquake

The earthquake from 1755. On November 1st, at 9 while everyone was in church. After the earthquake there was a tsunami and 3 days of fires. It was perceived as the end for the world.

Abril 1974

(I will say that at least Salazar was an Economist… unlike his spanish counterpart)

By chance we are visiting Lisboa during the celebration for the 45th anniversary of the Revolução de 25 de Abril de 1974 (Carnations Revolution).

On april 24th 1974. They used two signals: first the Eurovision song, then: “Grandola vila morena“. (Note: research the name of the lady who started this).

Preparations for the 45th anniversary of the April 25th revolution on Praça Do Carmo

The headquarters of Carmo (Quartel do Carmo) is a very important building for Portugal’s history. Marcelo Caetano (former dictatorAntónio de Oliveira Salazar’s replacer) found refuge in the main Lisbon military police station at the time of the revolution.

This building was surrounded by the MFA (Portuguese Armed Forces), which pressured Marcelo Caetano to cede power to general Spínola. It was here where the Estado Novo (New Regime) officially came to an end after almost 50 years

Historic square ‘Largo do Carmo’ Lisbon

Lluis Llach’s Abril 1974 was one of the first foreign songs to talk about this, and is one of my favorite songs.

The palace that used to belong to Portugal’s last dynasty was converted into a national Panteon after the country became a republic, were prominent national heroes are now buried. Amália Rodrigues & Eusébio are there.

Gutenberg VS Page Builders

Stackable blocks and tupperwares FTW!

Feminist views vary regarding the Tupperware format of sales through parties, and the social and economic role of women portrayed by the Tupperware model. Opposing views state that the intended gendered product and selling campaign further domesticates women, and keeps their predominant focus on homemaking.[26] 

The positive feminist views consider that Tupperware provided work for women who were pregnant or otherwise not guaranteed their position at work due to the unequal gender laws in the workplace. The company promoted the betterment of women and the endless opportunities Tupperware offered to women; whereas, the negative view includes the restriction of women to the domestic sphere and limiting the real separation between running the household and a career.[5] 

The emergence of Tupperware in the American market created a new kind of opportunity to an entirely underrepresented labor demographic; women, and especially suburban housewives.

Tupperware – Wikipedia

Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son

1883-1885 painting by Ilya Repin

The Tsar had his son’s first two wives, Eudoxia Saburova and Feodosiya Solovaya, sent away to convents. While they were at the Alexandrov Kremlin in November 1581, Ivan is said to have assaulted his son’s third wife, Yelena Sheremeteva, for being inappropriately dressed. She was pregnant, and the beating caused a miscarriage.[16] 

The Tsarevich reprimanded his father, and the Tsar responded by accusing his son of inciting rebellion by challenging his father and advocating attempts to relieve the on-going Siege of Pskov. Ivan struck his son with his sceptre, and also struck Boris Godunov when he tried to intervene.

The Tsarevich fell to the floor bleeding heavily. Ivan was quickly remorseful, but his son died a few days later.

Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan, Wikipedia
Damage to the painting from the 1913 attack

On 16 January 1913, Abram Balachov attacked the painting three times with a knife, making three parallel slashes over the faces of Ivan and his son.

The curator of the Tretyakov Gallery Georgy Khruslov was so distressed by the vandalism that he threw himself under a train.

Repin returned to Moscow from Finland to restore the work. He suspected the attack was “the result of that monstrous conspiracy against the classic and academic monuments of art which is daily gathering momentum“, i.e. modernism.[15]