Fundamentalmente fantasías para la resistencia - Centro Dramático Nacional

Fundamentalmente fantasías para la resistencia

Written and directed by Alfredo Sanzol

24 FEB 2023 – 16 APR 2023
From Tuesday to Sunday at 8.00pm
Meet the artistic team: 7 MAR 2023
Accesible performances: 30 y 31 MAR 2023

Valle-Inclán Theatre | Sala Grande

Please arrive well in advance as the auditorium will be closed once the performance has begun.
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TEAM

Writer and director

Alfredo Sanzol

Cast

Paco Déniz, Elena González, Natalia Hernández, Javier Lara, Juan Antonio Lumbreras, Julia Rubio, Pepe Sevilla, Eva Trancón and others to confirm

Set designer

Blanca Añón

Lighting designer

Pedro Yagüe

Costume designer

Vanessa Actif

Music

Fernando Velázquez

Sound designer

Sandra Vicente

Movement director

Amaya Galeote

Characterisation

Chema Noci

Producer

National Drama Center

Producer

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Synopsis

KYIV, March 2022. Patricia is a writer and theatre director who has transformed her company’s rehearsal room into a shelter. Despite the Russian invasion, she continues writing stories to keep her loved ones together, and distance her daughter Olena from the defence committees.  The director proposes writing a piece entitled Pin, Pan, Putin. The war makes rehearsals a complex affair, but the company manages to make progress on their story. However, from the moment Putin’s character dies, everything turns into absolute chaos.

Writer and director’s note

On 24 February, as Putin was sending tanks to attack Ukraine, we were having our usual rehearsal for El Golem. It was as though our allusions to the war came from that same afternoon. Lamentably, war is part of humanity’s everyday life.

When the invasion began I was writing a different story, but the shock of it sent me into paralysis. But the title remained, and it became my refuge: Fundamentalmente fantasías (Fundamentally fantasies). The title served as a refuge for me because humour is the best tool I know of to fight against violence; whilst fantasy is an essential part of being able to escape and understand our reality.

We need to create fiction to do this. These stories become laboratories of the possible and impossible, of facts and prejudices, of metaphors and our harsh reality. When we say truth is stranger than fiction, we are showing our awe by comparison. We ask a lot of fiction. We ask it to outdo reality, through plot twists, characters and possibilities. We ask our human imagination to be greater than the imagination of that which reality belongs to – the gods.

The end of the title (para la resistencia), came when I added the desire to write, connecting the emotions war brought about in me, to Fundamentalmente fantasías and this included not leaving out the tragedy. The work entails a battle between comedy and tragedy that expresses endless sorrow in the face of evil and destruction, and also the vindication of innocence. Sometimes I think that when I work in theatre I become a caver, going deeper into the caves of my heart in search of a scrap of innocence.

The meaning of Fundamentalmente fantasías para la resistencia came into sharp focus when I met Anabell Sotelo of ProEnglish Theatre Kiev, in Madrid. When I read the beginning of the work to her and got her blessing, it diluted the shame and fear of getting involved in something nobody had asked me to, and I launched into the fantasy to find spaces of freedom and strength as a form of resistance.

Alfredo Sanzol

TEAM

Writer and director

Alfredo Sanzol

Cast

Paco Déniz, Elena González, Natalia Hernández, Javier Lara, Juan Antonio Lumbreras, Julia Rubio, Pepe Sevilla, Eva Trancón and others to confirm

Set designer

Blanca Añón

Lighting designer

Pedro Yagüe

Costume designer

Vanessa Actif

Music

Fernando Velázquez

Sound designer

Sandra Vicente

Movement director

Amaya Galeote

Characterisation

Chema Noci

Producer

National Drama Center

Biography

Alfredo Sanzol

Alfredo Sanzol

Playwright and theatre director with a degree in Law from the University of Navarra and in Stage Direction from the RESAD. His work is characterised by its humour, the stylistic inventiveness with which it examines issues relating to his personal experiences and circumstances, and by his commitment to research into new dramatic structures. With a profound knowledge of theatrical craft, throughout his career he has alternated directing his own texts with adaptations of repertory plays.

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With a career that began more than twenty years ago with Steven Berkoff’s Greek (1999), a new phase in his career opened with his role as director of the Centro Dramático Nacional in January 2020. Many of his works have premiered in INAEM venues, including the Centro Dramático Nacional, the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela. He has written and directed stage productions such as Risas y Destrucción (2007), Sí, pero no lo soy (2008), Delicadas (2010), Días estupendos (2010), En la luna (2011), Aventura! (2012), La calma mágica (2014), La valentía (2018), and others he has adapted and directed, including La cabeza del Bautista (2009), Esperando a Godot (2013), Luces de bohemia (2018), La dama boba (2017) and El barberillo de Lavapiés (2019).

As director of the Centro Dramático Nacional he has premiered Macbeth (2020), El bar que se tragó a todos los españoles (2021) and El Golem (2022).

Sanzol won the National Dramatic Literature Prize in 2016 for his play La respiración and the 12th Valle-Inclán Theatre Prize in 2017 for La ternura. He has been distinguished with the Theatre Award of the Community of Madrid and with an Honour from the Government of Navarre for his professional career. He has won eight Max Awards for the Performing Arts, including five as Best Author and three for Best Show.

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Producer

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