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This Friday's concert [on the 10th] is conducted by Christian Zacharias, who also plays as invited soloist.

 

The Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra), a project of the Island Council’s Department of Culture, inaugurates this week the new season with a programme that includes works by Schumann, Ravel, Strauss and Nicolai. The concert takes place on Friday 10 September at 7:30 p.m. and is conducted by Christian Zacharias at the Auditorio de Tenerife. Prior to the first rehearsal that took place on Monday the 6th, Pedro Martín, the President of the Island Council, and Enrique Arriaga, the island's Minister of Culture, supported the musicians of the orchestra, who face the challenge of a new campaign. Alejandro Krawietz, director of culture, also took part during the event.

The opening concert begins with the overture to 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' by Otto Nicolai (1810-1849). This is the German composer's most-performed and best-known part.  It begins with a very slow introduction that prepares the audience for a much more lively final. The programme continues with the 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor' by Robert Schumman (1810-1856). During this outstanding composition from the Romantic repertoire, the conductor will play the piano as soloist.

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The second part of the concert approaches the waltz through 'Valses nobles et sentimentales', by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). The work consists of eight short pieces that Ravel decided to orchestrate a year after composing them with the aim of providing the music for ballet 'Adelaide: The language of flowers'. The programme ends with two pieces by Johan Strauss II (1825-1899): ‘Annen-Polka’ and the overture to 'The bat'.

Christian Zacharias has already played as pianist during previous seasons of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. On this occasion, he makes his début with the OST as a conductor. Born in 1950 in Jamshedpur (India) but of German nationality, he began his piano studies at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. He later received training in Paris under Vlado Perlemuter, a French pianist of Lithuanian origin and for a time a collaborator of Ravel.

After winning several piano competitions like the Radio France's ‘Ravel Competition’, Zacharias began his international career in the 1970s. Considered as a versatile pianist in terms of formats, artists and styles, he has also cultivated chamber music with musicians such as the cellist Heinrich Schiff, the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann or quartets such as the Alban Berg, the Guarneri and the Leipzig Quartet.

His best-known repertoire moves between classicism and romanticism, especially Schubert and Mozart's concertos (hits with million-dollar listens on Spotify alone) that have won several awards from critics such as the Diapason d'Or. His most renowned piano performances range from the sonatas of the Neapolitan Scarlatti to the maestro Soler or, as a conductor, with works by Bruckner or Schonberg. Among other acknowledgements, he has won the ‘Midem Classical Award Artist of the Year’ in 2007, the prestigious ‘Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ of France, the ‘Prix de l’Europe Francophone 2014 of the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse’ of Paris. In addition, Romania honoured him for his services to culture.

After the year 2000, his career was rather focused on direction and opera. He has conducted several productions of ‘The Clemency of Titus’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, by Mozart. ‘The Beautiful Helen’, by Offenbach and ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, by Otto Nicolai. The overture of the latter is included in this first season programme of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career he has collaborated with orchestras such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (London), the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester and the Bamberger Symphoniker.

Tickets for the first seven concerts of the Symphony's season can be purchased up to two hours before the concert at www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the Auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except for public holidays. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves” to enjoy this cultural experience. By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre of the Island Council to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of masks and the attendance at the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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The first theatre companies to be on stage during this third edition of the MEI festival will be El Galpón, from Uruguay, and Delirium, from Tenerife.

Next week, the third edition of the Iberoamerican Theatre Festival MEI kicks off with four performances and two national premières: "Bakunin Sauna, una obra anarquista" (an anarchist work) and "La buena vecindad. Lo que tú y yo siempre habíamos deseado para nuestra vejezLo que tú y yo siempre habíamos deseado para nuestra vejez." (The good neighbourliness. What you and I had always wished for in our old age.) The theatre companies El Galpón, from Uruguay and Delirium, from Tenerife, will be the first ones to be on stage during this festival that is organised by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga.

The first play takes place on 2 September at 8:00 p.m. at Teatro El Sauzal: “Bakunin Sauna, una obra anarquista” (an anarchist work), by the Uruguayan company El Galpón. Margarita, an old anarchist who is specialised in cognitive computing, plans to kidnap Ema, IBM's new general manager for Latin America, from a hotel sauna in Las Vegas. Two IBM ex-officers, Rosa and Bernardo, help her together with a computer humanoid that looks like the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakunin and that is specially programmed for the purpose. However, the action gets out of control. Tickets are on sale here: www.meitenerife.com

Delirium, the veteran theatre company from the Canary Islands, presents on 3 and 4 September at 8:30 p.m. at Auditorio Capitol in Tacoronte the new première "La buena vecindad. Lo que tú y yo siempre habíamos deseado para nuestra vejez." (The good neighbourliness. What you and I had always wished for in our old age.) This text by Antonio Tabares reflects the alibis, self-delusions, and justifications we daily cling to, as we don't want to face an uncomfortable and implacable reality. Tickets are sold out for both performances of this play directed by Severiano García.

On Sunday 5 September at 7:00 pm at the auditorium of Guía de Isora ends the programme of this first festival week with the second performance of "Bakunin Sauna, an anarchist play". The tickets for this performance are free prior reservation because of the limited capacity. To reserve the tickets, please dial 922 850 100, extension 3303, from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The third and last performance of “Bakunin Sauna, an anarchist play”, will take place on 8 September at 8:00 p.m. at Paraninfo de la Universidad de la Laguna. All the information about the shows, the tickets, and the agenda is available at www.meitenerife.com

The 3rd edition of the MEI Festival runs from 2 September to 6 October in 12 municipalities. It brings 40 performances of 14 shows by 12 different companies from Latinamerica, Spain, and Portugal. This year, the festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna and those of the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Tegueste, Vilaflor and El Sauzal.

In addition, during this MEI edition the companies El Galpón and Delirium participate together with other nine companies: three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), Marea Productora (Uruguay), Señor M (Colombia), Diego Casado Rubio (Argentina), Teatro Justo Rufino Garay (Nicaragua), Hotel Europa Teatro (Portugal) and two from the Canary Islands: Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos.

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‘El Pescador’ (The Fisherman), ‘Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando´ (Nobody reads fire while everything is burning) and ‘Mutilados en democracia´ (Mutilated in democracy) are premièred in Spain.

The Chilean contemporary theatre companies contributes with two performances to the third MEIedition that will take place between 2 September and 6 October. The Festival is organized by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga.

The theatrical proposals from Chile are El Pescador’ (The Fisherman), ‘Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando´ (Nobody reads fire while everything is burning) and ‘Mutilados en democracia´ (Mutilated in democracy), by the respective companies 'Silencio Blanco', 'Niño Proletario' and 'Colectivo Cuerpo Sur'. The first two will be premièred in Europe and ‘Mutilados en democracia´ will be premièred in Spain.

The first play to be on stage will be ‘Pescador’. It can be enjoyed on 15 September at Teatro El Sauzal and on 17 and 18 September at Teatro Timanfaya (Puerto de la Cruz). The play is directed by Santiago Tobar, who also created the puppets. The story delves into the intimate sensation of men working in solitary trades that were confronted with the immensity of nature.  This work deals with those places that are now strange and even foreign to us: a man with his boat and fishing net establishes an invaluable connection with his craft

Puppets, elements and manipulators share a space where the actor's physical work and the manipulation of puppets take a new perspective to investigate and develop the poetics of the company. The puppet claims the courage and heroism of everyone it represents in front of five human bodies with pulse and soul. It is silence in all its forms, it is the dance of silence.

The Chilean theatre company ‘Teatro Niño Proletario’ stages in Tenerife "Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando", premièred in Europe on the 23 September at the Centro Cultural, Vilaflor. On 24 September it will be staged at the Casa de Juventud, El Chorrillo (El Rosario) and on 25 September at Teatro El Sauzal.

Luis Guenel directs this play where Luz Jiménez and Francisco Medina play the roles of a mother and her son, who are homeless and live on the streets of a society they do not wish to belong to. They decide to confront the situation by performing a poetic act as the last gesture to shed light on a country that lives in darkness.

This play revisits the 2005 production 'Hambre' (Hunger), the company's first creation. It is also inspired by the novel 'Los vigilantes', by Diamela Eltit, a winner of the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2018. Likewise, it is inspired by the poetry book 'Bonzo', by Maximiliano Andrade, a young Chilean poet, and outstanding illustrator, who also illustrated his book.

The last Chilean proposal during this third MEI edition can be seen on 1 October at teatro Timanfaya, Puerto de la Cruz. The piece 'Mutilados en democracia', by the company ‘Colectivo Cuerpo Sur’, will be performed twice on 1 October in Puerto de la Cruz. It is a Belluard Bollwerk production created with the cultural promotion and contribution of the Fribourg Canton, and with the support of the Pour-cent culturel Migros (2020 Call for Projects).

Ébana Garín Coronel and Luis Guenel direct this documentary theatre project that echoes the Chilean riots when the Chilean government announced an increase in underground fares in October 2019. 'Mutilados en democracia' gives voice to many of the insurgents and mutilated victims of police repression. The timely fresco of the directors is a gesture against neoliberal monstrosity and a call for equality.

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´Bakunin Sauna, una obra anarquista´ and ´Ana contra la muerte´ will be premièred for the first time in Spain

 

The Uruguayan theatre contributes with two performances to the third MEI edition that will take place between 2 September and 6 October. The Festival is organized by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. The theatrical proposals from Uruguay are Bakunin Sauna, una obra anarquista (Bakunin Sauna, an anarchist play), and Ana contra la muerte (Ana against death), by the theatre companies Teatro El Galpón and Marea Productora Cultural, respectively. Both pieces will be premièred in Spain.

Teatro El Galpón will open this MEI edition. On 2 September in El Sauzal, where the company stages Bakunin Sauna, una obra anarquista. The production, with text and direction of the text by Santiago Sanguinetti, can be seen on 5 September at the Auditorio de Guía de Isora and on 8 September at the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna.

This play is politically incorrect. Margarita, an old anarchist who is specialized in cognitive computing, plans to kidnap Ema, IBM's new general manager for Latin America, from a hotel sauna in Las Vegas. Two IBM ex-officers, Rosa and Bernardo, help her together with a computer humanoid that looks like the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakunin and that is specially programmed for the purpose. However, the action gets out of control.

The second Uruguayan proposal is brought by Marea Productora Cultural: Ana contra la muerte, with four performances on the island. The first performance takes place on 29 September at Auditorio Infanta Leonor (Arona), followed by Teatro El Sauzal (2 and 3 October), to conclude on 6 October at Cine Viejo de Candelaria.

Gabriel Calderón is the actor and director of this play that tells the story of Ana, a woman who understood that she had to resist death as long as she could, and even longer. The chances of death are extremely high. But those of never having been born are by far higher. Every person who is born and lives are not only a miracle of nature through its complex biological mechanisms. He/she is also a statistical miracle since the odds of not being born or of dying quickly have always been our cons.

We reject it because we are the unnatural ones because death is a rule to correct the marvellous exception we are. Death returns us to the statistics, like the minerals and stardust that inhabit worlds where nothing is counted because there is nothing.

Apart from these two Uruguayan proposals, in this edition the following companies also participate: three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), one each from Colombia (4 Paredes), Argentina (Diego Casado), Nicaragua (Teatro Justo Rufino Garay), and Portugal (Hotel Europa Teatro); three are from the Canary Islands (Delirium, Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos). The festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna and those of the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Vilaflor and El Sauzal.

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The municipality hosts and premières in Europe two shows of theatre companies from Chile and Colombia

 

 

In September, two cultural venues of El Rosario will host two shows that will be premièred in Europe thanks to the theatre festival 'Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana' (MEI).  The Festival is an initiative organized by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. The City Council of El Rosario has already put tickets on sale for both shows: Carta de una desconocida (Letter from a stranger), by the Colombian company Señor M (4 Paredes) and 'Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando' (Nobody reads fire while everything is burning), by the Chilean company Niño Proletario.

On 16 September the show 'Carta de una desconocida' (Letter from a stranger) will be premièred at the venue 'Casa de la Cultura', in La Esperanza. It is based on an unrequited love story: a man receives a letter from a woman. She tells him how she has loved him since she was a child. She used to watch him through her window and continued to love him throughout her life. It is the story of silent love that she has so far not dared to reveal. Despite the signs, he has failed to discover it. It is a story of loneliness, pain, and hope with small happy moments. 

The play talks about women's privacy, time, hope, and love... It deals with how we construct and idealize ‘the other’ and relationships; it talks about those deep and silent loves that become idyllic and perfect. They live only in the lover's mind and are not deteriorated by use and habit. It deals with sublime loves that last a lifetime. But the story also talks about silence, and how we let ourselves be carried away by a desire for the here and now.

The play ‘Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando' (Nobody reads fire while everything is burning), will be staged on 24 September at the venue ‘Casa de la Juventud’ in El Chorrillo. A mother and her son are homeless and live on the streets of a society they do not wish to belong to. They decide to confront the situation by performing a poetic act as the last gesture to shed light on a country that lives in darkness.

This play revisits the 2005 production 'Hambre' (Hunger), the company's first creation. It is also inspired by the novel 'Los vigilantes', by Diamela Eltit, a winner of the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2018. Likewise, it is inspired by the poetry book 'Bonzo', by Maximiliano Andrade, a young Chilean poet, and outstanding illustrator, who also illustrated his book.

Both performances start at 8:00 p.m. Free tickets are available to the public until full capacity is reached. Those interested in attending the show shall reserve their seats by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by dialling the number 922010160 (ext. 1024 for Casa de la Cultura La Esperanza and ext. 3004/3005/1024 for Casa de la Juventud de El Chorrillo). The City Council of El Rosario has established the conditions to get these invitations and the health protocol established for the venues. To check the calendar and information, download it at www.meitenerife.com

The 3rd edition of the MEI Festival runs from 2 September to 6 October in 12 municipalities. It brings 40 performances of 14 shows by 12 different companies. Of the twelve companies participating in this edition, three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), two from Uruguay (El Galpón and Marea Productora) and one each from Colombia (4 Paredes), Argentina (Diego Casado), Nicaragua (Teatro Justo Rufino Garay), and Portugal (Hotel Europa Teatro); three are from the Canary Islands (Delirium, Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos). 

The festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna and those of the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Vilaflor and El Sauzal.

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The MEI Festival stages ˋDe ratones y hombres' (About mice and men) and ˋTesla/Edisonˊ at the local theatre of Tegueste. A performance for schoolchildren is also programmed

 

 

Next September, the municipality of Tegueste will host two shows of the theatre festival ‘Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana’ (Ibero-American Theatre Festival).  The Festival is an initiative organised by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. One of the shows, De ratones y hombres (About mice and men) will be premièred in Europe during this Festival. The other play, Tesla/Edison, has programmed one performance for local schoolchildren and another for the general public. The City Council of Tegueste has already put tickets on sale for both shows.

On 14 September, the Colombian company ‘Señor M’ stages De ratones y hombres’ (About mice and men). This company is also known for the stage space where they perform in their country: '4 Paredes'. Based on a story by John Steinbeck, the play begins with two brothers, Colombian peasants, who travel through different regions looking for a better future. One is intelligent and the other is not. One depends on the other until one of the two becomes a dangerous burden. As part of the MEI Festival tour, this play will be premièred in Europe during this Festival and will also be staged in El Sauzal, Puerto de la Cruz and Adeje.

For its part, Tesla/Edison is the last proposal of 'Ángulo Producciones', a theatre company from the Canary Islands. This play can be seen in Tegueste on 19 September. It was written by the brothers QY Bazo and adopted by the company after it won the ‘Jesús Domínguez’ prize. This work has a great documentary and cultural value. It is focused on the lives of both geniuses who, despite living science and technology in a very different way, achieved historic advances that we enjoy today. In addition, the local schoolchildren will attend the performance on 20 September during a morning session.

Both plays will be staged at the Teatro Príncipe Felipe at 7:30 p.m. for the general public and at 11:00 a.m. for schoolchildren. Tickets are available to the public until full capacity is reached. Those interested in attending the show shall reserve their seats by dialling the number 922 316 136. The City Council of Tegueste has established the conditions to get these invitations and the health protocol established for the Teatro Príncipe Felipe. To check the calendar and information, download it at www.meitenerife.com.

The 3rd edition of the MEI Festival runs from 2 September to 6 October in 12 municipalities. It brings 40 performances of 14 shows by 12 different companies. Of the twelve companies participating in this edition, three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), two from Uruguay (El Galpón and Marea Productora) and one each from Colombia (4 Paredes), Argentina (Diego Casado), Nicaragua (Teatro Justo Rufino Garay), and Portugal (Hotel Europa Teatro); three are from the Canary Islands (Delirium, Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos). 

The festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna those of the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Vilaflor and El Sauzal.

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The ‘Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana’ (Iberoamerican Theatre Festival, MEI) stages the premiere of the Argentinean play "La cápsula" (The capsule) and a play by the Uruguayan theatre company "El Galpón"

 

 

The Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna puts tickets on sale for the MEI Festival shows. The Festival is an initiative organised by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. The calendar includes two international plays, one of them a world premiere. Tickets for these plays can already be purchased at www.meitenerife.com.

On 8 September at 8:00 p.m., the Uruguayan company ‘El Galpón’ offers the first performance that will be staged at the Paraninfo: 'Bakunin sauna, una obra anarquista' (Bakunin sauna, an anarchist play). Margarita, an old anarchist who is specialised in cognitive computing, plans to kidnap Ema, IBM's new general manager for Latin America, from a hotel sauna in Las Vegas. 

Two IBM ex-officers, Rosa and Bernardo, help her together with a computer humanoid that looks like the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakunin and that is specially programmed for the purpose. However, the action gets out of control. The Spanish premiere of this Uruguayan comedy on the MEI tour will also be performed in El Sauzal and Guía de Isora.

The world première of the Argentinian play 'La cápsula, un viaje unipersonal' (The capsule, a one-man journey) will be staged on 18 and 19 September at 8:00 p.m. This proposal is led by its author and director, Diego Casado Rubio. It is the story of the man who returned to the moon. He is a giant storyteller of impossible and magical feats who has only one wish: to return to where he came from. This journey offers only advantages. All you have to do is choose a day and time for a one-way trip, with no suitcases, no farewells, no departure notices. This is not just another story; it contains an endless list of things to avoid in life. The play 'The capsule, a one-man journey' can only be enjoyed at the Paraninfo de la ULL.

The tickets for these shows can be purchased at a single price of €10. The purchase conditions and the safety and hygiene measures are established by the Paraninfo de la ULL.  To check the calendar and information, download it at www.meitenerife.com.

The 3rd edition of the MEI Festival runs from 2 September to 6 October in 12 municipalities. It brings 40 performances of 14 shows by 12 different companies. Of the twelve companies participating in this edition, three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), two from Uruguay (El Galpón and Marea Productora) and one each from Colombia (4 Paredes), Argentina (Diego Casado), Nicaragua (Teatro Justo Rufino Garay), and Portugal (Hotel Europa Teatro); three are from the Canary Islands (Delirium, Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos). 

The festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna and those of the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Tegueste, Vilaflor and El Sauzal.

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Enrique Arriaga highlights the “quantity and variety of the offer, aimed both at the island's centres and at the social groups”

 

 

3,567 people enjoyed the activities offered by the Auditorium’s Learning and Social Programme. The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space that is linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council. It is managed by the islands’ Minister of Culture Enrique Arriaga. During the 2020-2021 season, 18 performances of 14 shows were organised in this venue, involving 44 schools and social groups. In addition, activities were programmed by 'Teatro en la Escuela' (Theatre at School), 'Danza en Comunidad' (Dance in the Community), 'Coro Juvenil’ (Youth Choir) and the annual meeting of ROCE network (Organisers of Educational and Social Concerts).

Arriaga highlights the quantity and variety of the offer, which is aimed both at the different school levels and at social groups of the island". He explained that "the Auditorium's Learning and Social Programme quickly developed a specific plan to prevent COVID-19 infections; it was crucial to welcome minors, teachers and other users for them to have a completely safe experience; these measures are added to the protocol certified by AENOR. Despite the pandemic, we considered it a priority to keep the learning and social offer", concludes Arriaga.

The activities started on 15 September 2020 and ended on 23 June. The programme included didactic concerts offered during the season by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and which have taken place in the Auditorium: 'Suena el circo' (The sounds of the circus), 'Cuando el río suena…música lleva' (A musical river runs through it) and 'Beethoven y otros héroes' (Beethoven and other heroes).

During this season, Opera de Tenerife also performed a title adapted to the family audience: Handel's 'Rinaldo'. Likewise, it continued with its children’s learning programme 'Manos a la Opera' (Let’s get the Opera on the road!) On this occasion, the 'Miniflauta mágica' (The little Magic Flute) based on Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', made by and for the little ones, was taken to the stage.

On the other hand, the Tenerife Philharmonic Orchestra held the show 'El cuento musical de Pedro y el lobo' (The Musical Tale of Peter and the Wolf). The Orchestra Jazz del Atlántico staged the concert ‘Próxima estación: The Duke’ (Next Station: The Duke), while The Baroque Orchestra of Tenerife performed 'Al Capone', 'Circa 1721' and an adapted session of Quantum Ensemble. In addition, four performances of the FAM festival (Arts and Movement Festival) were adapted to this public.

As for the programmeTeatro en la Escuela (Theatre at School) and to guarantee its execution, a new online format was adopted during this 5th edition. It was comprised of educational activities for students and work activities for the companies. During the third academic term, 1,559 pupils from around twenty island's schools enjoyed a display of theatre plays, dance and movement arts aimed at pre-school, primary, secondary, high school and vocational training. 

The Auditorio's Youth Choir is comprised of twenty young choristers who are conducted by Roxana Schmunk. Apart from their usual activity with rehearsals and specialised workshops, they implemented a specific plan for choirs to prevent COVID-19 infections. It was developed by the Auditorio de Tenerife. During the season, 372 people enjoyed the four concerts they offered in several venues.

‘Danza en Comunidad’ also carried out its activity. It concludes this month and has developed three programmes in different parts of the island: 'Creación y Salud' (Creation and Health), 'Natura' (Nature) and 'Misiva' (Missive). They brought professional dance tools to different social realities and worked with a hundred people who read the open call. Likewise, members of social collectives such as the association ‘Padre Laraña’, Tenerife's prison and the young offender institution 'Valle Tabares', managed by the foundation ‘Fundación Canaria Ideo’, took part in the activities.

In addition, on 17 December the Learning and Social Programme organised a hybrid annual meeting of the ROCE network (Organisers of Educational and Social Concerts) under the motto "Music in the community: participation, inclusion and well-being".  162 music professionals, cultural managers, researchers, musicologists, heads of social groups, educators, social workers, cultural mediators, psychologists, pedagogues and psycho-pedagogues from 14 countries took part in this international event. Through this event, several resources were generated. They can be checked at the ROCE website.

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The Teatro El Sauzal hosts twelve performances of nine shows, including several European premières

 

 

The tickets are already on sale for those MEI shows that will be staged in the municipal theatre of El Sauzal. The MEI Festival is organised by the Tenerife Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture that is managed by the island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. It offers nine shows and twelve performances, including four premieres in Europe and two in Spain. The plays will be staged in El Sauzal’s municipal venue between September and October. Tickets can already be purchased at www.meitenerife.com.

The first performance opens the 3rd Festival edition on 2 September with the Uruguayan company ‘El Galpón’ and their performance 'Bakunin sauna, una obra anarquista' (Bakunin sauna, an anarchist play). Margarita, an old anarchist who is specialised in cognitive computing, plans to kidnap Ema, IBM's new general manager for Latin America, from a hotel sauna in Las Vegas. This work will be staged for the first time in Spain.

On 8 September, the Nicaraguan company ‘Rufino Garay’ will stage the monologue "Francisca" in El Sauzal and for the first time in Europe. The play revolves around Francisca, a Mexican-Nicaraguan woman who on All Souls' Day prepares the table for her ancestors. As she does so, her memories from both cultures appear; sometimes she is Mexican and sometimes Nicaraguan.

On 11 September, the Colombian company '4 Paredes' will stage their production 'De ratones y hombres' (About mice and men) for the first time in Europe. Based on a story by John Steinbeck, the play begins with two brothers, Colombian peasants, who travel through different regions looking for a better future. 

On 15 September, the Chilean company 'Silencio Blanco' will perform for the first time in Europe 'Pescador' (Fisherman), a puppet-play for adults. Puppets, elements and manipulators share a space where the actor's physical work and the manipulation of puppets take a new perspective to investigate and develop the poetics of the company.

André Amalio and the Czech Teresa Havlíckova, members of the Portuguese company 'Hotel Europa Teatro' stage their show "Perfect Match" for the first time in Spain. This documentary theatre proposes the importance of love and relationships in migratory movements. It will be staged in the Teatro El Sauzal on 17 and 18 September. 

The company from the Canary Islands ‘Unahoramenos’ participates in the MEI Festival on 22 September with two performances of their play ‘Moria’. This immersive theatre proposal tells the story of two refugee women and their families, who have no choice but to flee their respective countries. In addition, they will stage ‘Clara y el abismo' (Clara and the abyss) on 24 September. This production of the 'Laboratorio Galdós Internacional' by the Uruguayan playwright Gabriel Calderón, has original music by Coque Malla. 

On 25 September, the Chilean company 'Niño Proletario' brings to El Sauzal and for the first time to Europe the play 'Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando' (Nobody reads fire while everything is burning). A mother and her son are homeless and live on the streets of a society they do not wish to belong to. They decide to confront the situation by performing a poetic act as the last gesture to shed light on a country that lives in darkness.

The Uruguayans of 'Marea Productora Teatral' present for the first time both in Spain and in Europe the Spanish version of ‘Ana contra la muerte' (Ana against death). Written by Gabriel Calderón, the renowned Uruguayan playwright, this play was already premièred in Italian. It can be seen in El Sauzal on 2 and 3 October. It is the story of a woman who understood that she had to resist death as long as she could, and even longer.

All these performances take place at the Teatro El Sauzal and most of them start at 8:00 p.m. (except for ‘Moria’, which has one performance at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:00 p.m.). The general price is €10. There is a special price of €8 for students, people under 25, over 65, and for residents of El Sauzal. To check the general terms, the safety and hygiene measures of Teatro El Sauzal, visit www.teatroelsauzal.com.

Except for 'Perfect Match', 'Clara y el abismo' (Clara and the abyss), and as part of the MEI tour, the remaining performances will be staged in other island’s venues. Each show will be performed on several occasions during September and early October. To check the calendar and information, download it at www.meitenerife.com.

The 3rd edition of the MEI Festival runs from 2 September to 6 October in 12 municipalities. It brings 40 performances of 14 shows by 12 different companies. Of the twelve companies participating in this edition, three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), two from Uruguay (El Galpón and Marea Productora) and one each from Colombia (4 Paredes), Argentina (Diego Casado), Nicaragua (Teatro Justo Rufino Garay), and Portugal (Hotel Europa Teatro); three are from the Canary Islands (Delirium, Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos). 

The festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna and the theatres of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Tegueste, Vilaflor and El Sauzal.

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Enrique Arriaga highlights "the new dimension of this third MEI edition" that kicks off on 2 September in El Sauzal

 

 

The third edition of the MEI (Iberoamerican Theatre Festival), which runs from 2 September to 6 October, has been organised by the Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife. Enrique Arriaga, councillor of culture, stressed that "this festival stands out for exhibiting 40 performances of 14 shows in a dozen municipalities".

According to Arriaga, "this festival clearly shows our commitment to the municipalities that we announced as part of the Cultural Strategic Plan. It distributes this high-quality stage programme throughout the island with Iberoamerican proposals that share the bill with our companies".

Alejandro Krawietz, director of culture, agrees with Arriaga on how important it is for the municipalities to receive contemporary theatre performances. Considering the current set spaces of the island, they are not easy to programme. He added that "through the performing arts, MEI is like a door that brings other cultures closer to society". 

Of the eleven companies participating in this edition, three are from Chile (Niño Proletario, Silencio Blanco and Colectivo Cuerpo Sur), two from Uruguay (El Galpón and Marea Productora) and one each from Colombia (4 Paredes), Argentina (Diego Casado), Nicaragua (Teatro Justo Rufino Garay), Portugal (Hotel Europa Teatro); three are from the Canary Islands (Delirium, Ángulo Producciones and Unahoramenos). 

The festival venues will be the Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna and those of the municipalities of Adeje, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, Guía de Isora, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz, Tacoronte, Tegueste, Vilaflor and El Sauzal. In the two previous editions El Sauzal hosted all shows; on this occasion it will be the setting for a dozen performances.

The programme begins on 2 September at the Teatro El Sauzal. The Uruguayan company El Galpón will offer the play "Bakunin sauna, una obra anarquista" (Bakunin sauna, an anarchist play), a show that will also be performed in Guía de Isora (5th) and in the Paraninfo (8th). The Nicaraguan company Rufino Garay will take its play "Francisca" to El Sauzal (8th), Adeje (9th), Puerto de la Cruz (11th) and Guía de Isora (12th). The Colombian company "4 paredes" will give 4 performances of their production "De ratones y hombres" (About mice and men) in El Sauzal (11th), Puerto de la Cruz (12th), Tegueste (14th) and Adeje (15th). The same company will perform "Carta de una desconocida" (Letter from a stranger) in El Rosario (16th), Garachico (18th), Adeje (19th) and Los Realejos (21st).

Argentine theatre will be represented at this year's MEI by Diego Casado's company, which will perform "La Cápsula" (The capsule) at the Paraninfo on 18 and 19 September. The Chilean company 'Niño Proletario' comes to Tenerife with their play "Nadie lee fuego mientras todo se está quemando" (Nobody reads fire while everything is burning), which will be performed in Vilaflor (23rd), El Rosario (24th) and El Sauzal (25th); the Chileans of 'Colectivo Cuerpo Sur' offer their play "Mutilados en democracia" (Mutilated in democracy) with two performances on the 1 October in Puerto de la Cruz. The Chilean company 'Silencio Blanco' will perform the play "Pescador" (Fisherman) in El Sauzal (15th) and in Puerto de la Cruz (17th and 19th).

The Portuguese company 'Hotel Europa Teatro' - made up of the Portuguese André Amalio and the Czech Teresa Havlíckova - will propose their show "Perfect Match" on 17 and 18 September at the Teatro El Sauzal. The Uruguayans 'Marea Productora Teatral' will close this edition with the play "Ana contra la muerte" (Ana against death). It can be seen in Arona (29th), El Sauzal (2nd and 3rd October) and Candelaria (6th). 

The representation from the Canary Islands during this MEI festival will start with the company Delirium. It will perform the piece "La buena vecindad" (Good neighbourliness) in Tacoronte on 3 and 4 September. ‘Ángulo Producciones' will perform "Tesla/Edison" in Tegueste (19) and the company 'Unahoramenos' brings two proposals: "Moria" and "Clara y el abismo" (Clara and the abyss). The piece "Tesla/Edison" has two daily performances in El Sauzal (22nd), Arona (26th) and Vilaflor (28th), while "Clara y el abismo" can be seen on the 24th in El Sauzal.

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The first two productions, ˋThe House of Bernarda Albaˊ and ˋAttilaˊ, go on sale on 26 July

 

 

Enrique Arriaga, councillor of culture, and Alejandro Krawietz, director of culture of Tenerife's Island Council, have presented the season 21-22 of Opera de Tenerife. The programmed productions are The House of Bernarda AlbaAttilaFrancesca da RiminiThe old maid and the thief, Florencia in the Amazon and The Tales of Hoffmann. These six lyric events take place in the Auditorio de Tenerife between October 2021 and April 2022. During this season, 'The old maid and the thief' and 'Florencia in the Amazon' will be staged in Spain for the first time.

Enrique Arriaga explained that "this new proposal offers classic librettos that will go hand in hand with contemporary works, some of which will be seen for the first time in our country". He also advanced that "tickets for the first two operas go on sale on 26 July". 

As he stressed, "we advance the entire season programme so that more spectators can join in; however, the sale will be gradual to adapt the shows to the permitted capacity". Arriaga declared that the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra plays during all productions, except for 'The old maid and the thief', where Javier Lanis, pianist and conductor, provides his music.

Alejandro Krawietz stated that "this season gathers the history of Opera de Tenerife since its beginnings in a consistent manner. It also opens up new territories to investigate contemporary and Spanish titles." The director of culture highlighted that the season begins with ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, "an operatic version that adapts Lorca’s classical universe; whereas ‘Attila’, by Verdi, was composed during his first creative phase, clearly nationalistic." He also emphasised the opera 'Florencia in the Amazon', by Daniel Catán. With this piece, Opera Tenerife includes lyrical work from Latin America". "This programme explores modernity without renouncing classic titles", stated Krawietz.

The season starts with ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, by Miguel Ortega. This contemporary Spanish opera with a libretto by Julio Ramos will be featured on the 19, 21 and 23 October in the Symphony Hall. It was premièred in Romania in 2007 and presented in Spain during the Peralada and Santander Festivals. The symphony orchestra format -the same that will be shown in Tenerife - was then chosen. The composer also adapted the format to chamber orchestras, a format which was chosen by the Teatro de la Zarzuela in 2018.

The production, by Auditorio de Tenerife, will be conducted by Ortega; the opera stage director will be Silvia Paoli, who recently signed for Lucrezia Borgia. Agnese Rabatti is the costume designer and Marie Lambert the lighting designer. 

The mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, who recently performed during the Canary Islands Music Festival with Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, will play the matriarch Bernarda Alba, as she already did in the chamber version at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Regarding the daughters, Adela will be played by the soprano Carmen Acosta, Martirio by Beatriz Lanza, Amelia by the mezzo-soprano Marina Rodríguez-Cusí, Magdalena by the mezzo-soprano Belén Elvira and Angustias by the soprano Melody Louledjian. The baritone Luis Cansino plays once more the role of Poncia, the housekeeper. The soprano Carmen Mateo will be one of the servants, and the actress Marga Arnau will be María Josefa.

‘Attila’, by Giuseppe Verdi, is the second opera programmed for this season. This classical piece will be featured on 23, 25, and 27 November with music by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. This ninth opera of Verdi with a libretto by Temistocle Solera has three acts preceded by a prologue. Premièred during the mid-19th-century, this proposal presents the history of Attila, king of the Huns, and his relationship with Odabella. The staging moves away from the traditional features of this title but retains the spirit of Verdi's work.

Co-produced by Auditorio de Tenerife and Teatro Reggio di Parma, Christopher Franklin is the musical director and Andrea de Rosa is the stage and set director. Alessandro Lai is the costume designer and Pasquale Mari the lighting designer.

Regarding the roles, the Croatian bass-baritone Marko Mimica will play Attila, the warrior, whereas the Uruguayan soprano María José will play the young Odabella. Ezio will be played by the baritone Alfredo Daza, Foresto by the tenor Antonio Poli, Leone by the bass Rocco Cavaluzzi and Uldino by the tenor Javier Palacios.

 

Francesca da Rimini, a concert version by Saverio Mercadante, is the non-staged proposal for this season, which will take place on 11 December in the Symphonic Hall. Based on the story of the Italian noblewoman who inspired Dante's Divine Comedy, this is a two-act opera with a libretto by Felice Romani. Although it was composed in 1830, its world premiere had to wait almost two centuries.  

Opera de Tenerife will be conducted by Alessandro Palumbo, with soprano Beatriz de Sousa as Francesca, mezzo-soprano Nozomi Kato as Paolo, tenor David Astorga as Lanciotto and bass Francesco Leone as Guido.

The chamber opera 'The Old Maid and the Thief' will be the first that will take place in 2022: on 22, 23, 29, and 30 January 2022. The title was commissioned by the American NBC radio station to the musician Gian Carlo Menotti, who also wrote the libretto. It was premièred on the radio in 1939 to great acclaim. It was later adapted by Menotti for the stage, a version that was first performed in Philadelphia in 1941. The musical direction will be in charge of Javier Lanis. The aim is that all 4 roles are performed by singers from the Canary Islands; so far, the presence of the soprano Candelaria González and the baritone Fernando García-Campero has been confirmed.

On 22, 24, and 26 March, 'Florencia in the Amazon' will be performed. Through this proposal, Opera de Tenerife introduces Latin American compositions. This title is programmed for the first time in Spain after an extensive tour around opera houses in America and two appearances in Europe (Germany and Switzerland). Created by the Mexican composer Daniel Catán, with a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain, it was premièred in 1996. The story is about different ways of experiencing love through a boat trip on the Amazon.

The musical direction will be by Pedro Halffter and the stage direction by Chía Patiño. It will be produced by Auditorio de Tenerife with set design by Izmir Ickbal, costumes by Felipe de Lima, and lighting design by Jax Messenger.

The leading role, that of Florencia Grimaldi, will be played by Sandra López, a Cuban-Ecuadorian soprano. The Brazilian soprano Lina Mendes will be Rosalba, the Canary Islands-born tenor Airam Hernández will play Arcadio, the Argentinian mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Barrientos will play Paula and the bass Alejandro López will be the captain.

'The Tales of Hoffmann', produced by Auditorio de Tenerife and premièred in 2017, is the operatic family proposal during this season. It will return to the Symphonic Hall on 23, and 24 April. Rubén Díez will be the musical director and Raúl Vázquez the stage and set designer. Leo Martínez will be the costume designer and Miguel Ponce the lighting designer.

It is a three-act opera, with music by Jacques Offenbach and a libretto by Jules Barbier. It is based on a play that Barbier and Michael Carré wrote about the stories of Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann. This title was first performed at the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1881.

As a result of the health crisis and the changing security measures that depend on the alert levels, tickets will be sold gradually. In this way, the first two, namely, 'The House of Bernarda Alba' and 'Attila', will be the first to be released in a pack that will have a discount for the 19-20 season subscribers. Ticket prices for these two titles range from 20 to 70 Euros for the general public, and sales will begin on 26 July. The Island Council maintains the price of 5 Euros for young people under 30 years of age, and also offers special discounts for the unemployed, large families, and season ticket holders of the 19-20 season.  

Tickets can be purchased until one hour before the show on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During the purchase process, the user will have to choose between one or two pre-set seats distributed throughout the hall. In August only web sales will be available.

By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance at the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

This season is an initiative of the Island Council. It is managed by the Auditorio de Tenerife with the participation of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, supported by INAEM , Ministry of Culture, by the Canary Islands Institute for Cultural Development, Canary Islands Government.

 

Season calendar:

Title: The House of Bernarda Alba

Dates: 19, 21, and 23 October

Title: Attila

Dates: 23, 25, and 27 November

Title: Francesca di Rimini

Dates: 11 December

Title: The old maid and the thief

Dates: 22, 23, 29, and 30 January

Title: Florencia in the Amazon

Dates: 22, 24, and 26 March

Title: The tales of Hoffmann

Dates: 23, and 24 April

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Auditorio de Tenerife receives from July 7th to 22nd, 2021 the artistic residency Petróleo, by creator Poliana Lima.

 

 

Petróleo is a choreographic project exploring a central idea of the body as a dynamic, disruptive space of archival remembering, forgetting and renewal. It explores the more dynamic potential of conservation over the fixing impulse of preservation.

Tumultuous earthly compressions over time and space transform, solidify and liquify elements deep within the body of the earth.The title refers to the  materiality of this ‘black gold’; its geological formations, extractions, exploitations and its source of energy and power.The project explores the archaeology of this commodity through time, space, people, places and bodies.RETRATOAMY

Extracting this highly valued source of energy requires exploratory skill and precision, violence and displacement; a powerful metaphor for the deep mining required for the choreographic process. A process in which the socialised, dancing body moves through time and space, through personal and collective strata to  draw deep on sources of power, energy and disruption.

A key autobiographical element in this creative journey is the recently discovered unique story of Poliana Lima’s black grandfather - Antonio Vieira Lima – the son of one of the descendants of the 5.5 million African slaves forcibly transported to Brazil.

This unearthed ancestral biography is contextualised within the broader collectivised and problematic miscegenation policies of Brazilian ‘cultural democracy’ which becomes one of the driving forces for the creative and intellectual ambitions of the  project.

The autobiographical element serves as a forceful catalyst in which to engage in  a whole series of archival acts where mining an individual’s familial history – a purposeful remembering - unearths images, beliefs, memories, dreams, sounds, actions – that resonate beyond the realm of the personal.

The core research imperative of this project is to discover in what ways is an enculturated body formed, made visible and ‘readable’. Equally important to discover is by what means other cultural inflections, influences and practices are negated or marginalised within a dominant evolving national cultural matrix and yet  may  be revealed  through a choreographic archaeology of self.

Through Petróleo, Poliana Lima asks herself the question – who I  am now and what is my potential when what has been hidden from me over the years comes to light and forces me to re-think, acknowledge and celebrate what is possible.

Petróleo embodies the complex emotional and physical explorations required to ‘un-fix’ an existing self. It encourages  self-reflexivity, inviting  the audience to think beyond introspection.The performance event is a catalyst through which energy releasing fractures opens dialogues between archived  history and active forgetting, authenticity and moral authority, homogeneity and criticality.

Petróleo is  an  attempt  to  see  how  a  choreographic  performance work can broaden the scope of identity-based actions which seek to re-confirm differences.The perspective here is to ‘co-join’ in our moves towards self- realisation  and  go  beyond  individual  struggles.The  outcome  of  which  would be to leave behind mere tolerance and achieve a more radical and inclusive solidarity-based universality.The aspiration here is that the choreography activates the audience’s  sense of historical agency.

The audience bears witness to the performer’s energy and determination to excavate a renewing identity, by drilling into ancestral strata, releasing a fluidity, power and force to create a renovating sense of personhood.The performance becomes a form of ritualistic incorporation, joining together the invisible with the visible, the untold with the told, stillness alongside the fluidity of movement,a tangible psycho-geology of the self.

S P Purcell April 14, 2021

 

Poliana Lima is an 2021 Aerowaves artist with the piece: Things move but they do not say anything. She was an associate Artist at Conde Duque (2018-2020) and a regular collaborator at Centro Danza Canal, both in Madrid. She is a multi- award winning dancer and choreographer, originating from Brazil and now a long term resident in Spain. Exploring the possibilities of a highly functioning minimalistic poetics of the body through identity and memory are key as a strategy to deeply connect with audiences. These thematics directly inform her pedagogic approaches to choreographing, performing and teaching.

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