´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.