Soltalk July 2017 - Page 55

Countdown to the 3rd edition of the Me vuelves Lorca theatre festival The Me vuelves Lorca Theatre Festival returns to the village of Laroles (Nevada) in the Alpujarra mountains, Granada from July 28 to August 12 2017. A star-studded lineup of theatre, music and dance and award- winning performers complete the programme for Me vuelves Lorca 2017 which includes a concert by Spanish rock legend Santiago Auserón. The festival opens with a production of the Spanish classic “Fuenteovejuna”, performed by Roma women from Europe’s oldest and largest shantytown near Seville, whose participation in the festival was made possible thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign run by festival organizers to raise funds for a larger stage. They will be joined by the renowned flamenco dancer, Belén Maya, well-known Spanish actor Luis Bermejo, and the kings of improvised theatre, Jamming Compañía. The third edition of Me vuelves Lorca looks set to get off to a flying start this summer with a performance by the collective of Roma women, many of them illiterate, from El Vacie, Seville. Their critically acclaimed, groundbreaking production of Spanish classic “Fuenteovejuna”, by Lope de Vega, is directed by Spanish director, Pepa Gamboa. This award- winning initiative began life seven years ago as a community project to fight against social exclusion, but two productions and around a dozen awards later, it has become a national phenomenon. Last month, festival organizers successfully raised the 3000€ necessary to extend the theatre’s stage in order to accommodate the production with a crowdfunding campaign. Well-known Spanish actor, Luis Bermejo, completes the first weekend of theatre with his rollercoaster ride of a one-man show, “El minute del Payaso” by José Ramón Fernández, in which he plays a disillusioned clown looking back over the highs and lows of his life as he waits to go onstage one day. The second weekend of the festival, audiences can enjoy concerts by two icons of the Spanish music scene. On Friday August 4, one of Spain’s most internationally known jazz musicians, Jorge Pardo (Best European Jazz Musician Award 2013 and Spanish National Prize for Current Music 2015), will take the stage with his signature blend of flamenco-jazz. He will be followed on Saturday August 5, by the legendary singer- songwriter Santiago Auserón, who will perform his latest album under his artistic name Juan Perro, accompaniment by acoustic guitar. The third and final weekend of the festival sees the return of the madrileños Jamming Company, who have been delighting audiences in Madrid and the rest of Spain with their explosive mixture of improvised theatre and comedy for over 14 years. The internationally renowned flamenco dancer, Belén Maya, will close the festival on Saturday August 12 with “Romnia”. Choreographed by flamenco icon Israel Galván, it represents, in the words of Belén, "a celebration of Gypsyness" and explores the struggles faced by Roma women. Belén catapulted to fame at the start of her career after starring in Carlos Saura's film ‘Flamenco’, and has danced in theatres all over the world, including London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre. The festival takes place in the stunning stone amphitheatre which was built in 2014 by the local community of Laroles in the Alpujarras. As the name suggests, it takes its inspiration from the figure of Granada poet and playwright Federico García Lorca and his philosophy for taking theatre into the rural areas of Spain. This festival is possible thanks to the support of la Fundación Cruzcampo, el Ayuntamiento de Nevada, la Diputación de Granada y la Junta de Andalucía. Tickets & more information: www.mevuelveslorca.com