PROJECTE GALILEI presents SLEEPING BEAUTY
Artistic direction Projecte Galilei Dramaturgy Pablo Ley Direction Josep Galindo Composition and music direction Dani Espasa Choreography Maura Morales and Teresa García Performers Maura Morales Xisco Segura Musicians Oriol Aymat, (violoncello) Dani Espasa (piano, synthesizers, accordion) Roman Gottwald, (viola, saw, electronic violin, accordion) Xavi Lloses (harmonium, synthesizers, accordion) Sets and costumes Projecte Galilei Video design Toni Roura Audio Design Dani Fradera Lighting Anna Espunya Assistant director Chiara Palladino Sets assistant Sara Manzano Images Pablo Ley (Senior), Martín Ley, Children in classes P4, P5 and 2nd year elementary school at CEIP La Concepción in Barcelona; in 1st and 2nd year elementary school at CEIP La Muntanya of Aiguafreda; in 6th year elementary school at CEIP Lluis Millet in El Masnou; in 2nd year ESO at IES L’Alzina in Barcelona and in 2nd and 4th year ESO at IES Pau Casals of Badalona Graphic design Mercat de les Flors Executive production Maria Casas Coproduction Mercat de les Flors, Projecte Galilei and Fortià Vinyes. With the participation of di Eolia, Es.Arte e Pianos Can Puig.
Rediscovering Sleeping Beauty The production we are presenting here – midway between dance and theatre – is, to begin with, a reflection on the various works based on a story called Sleeping Beauty, chiefly the different versions of the tale, but also works of other genres that it has inspired, such as Tchaikovski's ballet or the Walt Disney film, but not forgetting the importance of a film like Almodovar's Talk to Her (Hable con ella). Fairy tales go straight to our deepest consciousness, much more than we might think, because they speak clearly and directly to children and teenagers about their existential problems. Moreover, children and teenagers become adults so quickly that we don't realize that, like Russian dolls, the child is in the teenager and the teenager is in the adult. The tale will stay latent in the adult's brain, but it will still be there, working beneath the surface. The same thing happened to the tale itself, which has appeared, time and again, in different versions and during different periods. The earliest known version is “Sole Luna e Talia”, by Giambattista Basile, (1634); then in 1697 we have “Sleeping Beauty”, by Charles Perrault, and finally in 1812 “Roseta di spine”, by the Brothers Grimm. These are the best known. As to dance, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovski composed scores for the choreographer Mario Petipa (1888-1889), on this subject for the czar's court. As to music, for our production we took the original Tchaikovski score, which Dani Espasa has adapted for four musicians working in a contemporary style. For the text we used bits and pieces of all three versions, Basile, the brothers Grimm, and Perrault. But we did not want to stop at the superficial innocence of the child's world, we wanted to dig down deep poetically beneath the surface of this tale which, in the end, is about how children unavoidably grow up and about how the discovery of love is the link to adulthood. We also wanted to take a look at the hundred years during which the beauty sleeps, surrounded by a forest of thorns. Allegorically, the hundred years represent the time in which adolescents are closed up within themselves, before awakening to adulthood. The forest not only does not let anybody in; it also does not let anybody out. But, on the other hand, who would have wanted to leave the castle, if they knew they would have to live through the chilling experience of the 20th century, with all that happened then, such a short time ago? We did not want to try to explain 20th century history; we just wanted to remember it as bad as it was. A mad moment in humanity’s long road to nowhere, which is what we call history. How would you wake up after such a horrible experience? Basile, Perrault and the Brothers Grimm propose different options as to how the story develops, but all agree that the only way out to wake up to reality is through love. 3
To travel down this road we worked with very special performers. Along with the two performers, Maura Morales, a Cuban dancer living in Germany, and actor Xisco Segura, who are the centre around which the story evolves, we asked the help of a group of very young creators, who contributed the drawings for the third part, and for the testimony of an 88-year-old artist, who has lived almost the entire century and whose name is, curiously enough, Pablo Ley (senior). A group which ultimately takes in the whole the century.
Josep Galindo and Pablo Ley Barcelona, March 3rd 2010
Projecte Galilei – The company Projecte Galilei is a company made up of Josep Galindo (director) and Pablo Ley (dramaturge) which has the particular aim of creating a kind of theatre in which direction and dramaturgy are integrated from the beginning in an organic way. Josep Galindo and Pablo Ley began working together in this way in 2003 on the creation of the Homage to Catalunya, based on the work by George Orwell. An international coproduction, Homage to Catalunya was staged at the Fomum delle Culture, at the Romea theatre in Barcelona; at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds; at the Northern Stage in Newcastle; and at MC93 Bobigny in Paris in 2004. They also worked together on Celebraciò, based on the script for Thomas Vinterberg' and Mogens Rukov's film of the same name, which opened at the Romea theatre in 2005 and was performed throughout Catalunya and Spain, and on Quixote, which opened at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and was subsequently presented at Festival de Otoño in Madrid in 2007. In June 2008 Josep Galindo and Pablo Ley officially founded the company Projecte Galilei. The first work created by the new company was La Maternitat d'Elna, based on the book of the same name by Assumpta Montellà, which premiered at the Museu d'Exili in La Jonquera and was later performed at the Temporada Alta festival in Girona, and in Barcelona at the Club Capitol, before touring all of Catalunya. La Ruta blava, based on the work of the same name by Josep Maria de Sagarra premiered at the Romea theatre during the 2009 Festival Grec of Barcelona. In conjunction with the play, a documentary called La Ruta blava was broadcast by the Catalan television station, TV3. Sleeping Beauty, with the original music by Tchaikovski adapted by Dani Espasa, premiered in April, 2010, at the Mercat de les Flors, in Barcelona.
JOSEP GALINDO- DIRECTOR Graduate in English Studies from the University of Barcelona, Josep Galindo is currently director of a school of dramatic arts (Eòlia, in Barcelona), and teaches theatre direction at the Ramon Lull University (Blanquerna).He is co-founder of Projecte Galilei. His working experience includes different disciplines and professional areas, such as direction, dramaturgy and translation. Among his most important works as a theatre director are: La ruta Blava, by Josep Maria Sagarra (Romea Theatre/ Festival Grec 2009) and La Maternitat d'Elna, based on the book of the same name by Assumpta Montellà ( Temporada Alta festival/ Club Capitol in Barcelona, 2009), both with text by Pablo Ley; Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, in a version by Pablo Ley and Colin Teevan ( West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and Festival de Otoño 2007, in Madrid); Celebraciò, by Thomas Vinterberg, together with Pablo Ley (Festival Grec 2005 at the Romea Theatre; Premi Max 2006 for best mise-en-scene); Homage to Catalunya, based on the book by George Orwell, in adaptation by Pablo Ley and Allan Baker ( París-Bobigny/ Newcastle-NortehrnStage/Barcelona Grec2004). He directed The Maiden, the Sailor and the Student and Amargo, the bitter one”, by Federico Garcia Lorca at Studio Theater CSUN, Los Angeles. USA, 2003). As assistant director he worked with Calixto Bleito on Peer Gynt, by Ibsen (BergenNorway/ Teatre Grec 2006), on King Lear by Shakespeare (Albeniz – Madrid 2004), on The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, on Macbeth by Shakespeare (2002, Romea Theatre, Barcelona/ Barbican Centre, London) and on La vida es sueño by Calderon de la Barca ( RomeaTheatre). He worked with Josep Maria Pou on The History Boys. He has also worked as co-director with Ariel Garcia Valdés, Xicu Masò and Pep Tosar on Don Giovanni, Reves and La casa en obres, respectively. On Un altre cop una mica més de musica (Principal Theatre, 1999 EMMP) and El Somni de Mozart, he worked as playwright, co-director and performer (National Theatre of Catalunya, 1998, EMMP) Together with Capdet/Blesa, he wrote and directed the play Degeneration in generacion (versus Theatre, Barcelona, 1997). He worked on the documentary Ibrahima's trip , as codirector (Premio Actual 2002, TV) and in cinema he worked as an actor in Land and Freedom, directed by Ken Loach.
PABLO LEY – Dramaturge Graduate in History of Art from Barcelona University, Pablo Ley worked as theatre critic for the newspaper ABC (1990 - 1992) and for El Pais (1995 - 2004). He taught Cultural Journalism at the Faculty of Information Science at Barcelona University (1999 - 2001). He has been head of the Department of Dramaturgy at the Eòlia School of Dramatic Arts since 2003. He is the author of the plays Se està haciendo muy tarde, (Premio San Martì del Teatro) staged at the Mercat de las Flors in 1988; Paisages sin casas (Premio Marquès de Bradomin 1990); and Pequeños detalles del horror, (shortlisted for Premio Caja de España 1991). His work as a dramaturge includes F@ust version 3.0 a production of the company La Fura del Baus, which premiered at the National Theatre of Catalunya in 1998; The Threepenny Opera, directed by Calixto Bieito for the Festival Grec in Barcelona, 2002; Comedias Barbaras, directed by Luna Bigas (La Nave del Sagunto 2003); Homage to 5
Catalonia, directed by Josep Galindo, which was performed at the Romea Theatre in Barcelona, at West Yorkshire Playhouse of Leeds, at Northern Stage of Newcastle and at MC93 Bobigny, France, in 2004; La Celestina, directed by Calixto Bieito (International Festival of Edinburgh and REP Birmingham, 2004); Celebraciò, directed by Josep Galindo, (Romea Theatre, 2005); 2666,directed by Alex Rigola (Lliure Theatre of Barcelona, 2007), and Don Quixote, together with Colin Teevan, directed by Josep Galindo (West Yorkshire Playhouse of Leeds, 2007). In 2008 he founded the company Projecte Galilei with Josep Galindo, the first production of which was La maternitat d’Elna, presented at the Museo del'Exili in La Jonquera and in Barcelona at the Club Capitol theatre. Among the latest projects, La Ruta blava, based on the work of the same name by Josep Maria de Sagarra, directed by Josep Galindo which opened at the Romea Theatre, during the 2009 Festival Grec. L’auca del Senyor Esteve, adapted from the well known work of Santiago Rusiñol and directed by Carme Portaceli premiered at the National Theatre of Catalunya in February, 2010: Sleeping Beauty, directed by Josep Galindo and with music by Tchaikovsky in arrangements by Dani Espasa was first performed in April, 2010, at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona.
TERESA GARCĺA VALENZUELA – Choreographer Graduate in contemporary dance from the Institute del Teatre of Barcelona and in Social Education from the Barcelona University, Teres García has also specialized in body techniques, physical theatre, voice and aikido. Her choreography for the solo dance being won an award at Solo Mio, 2001, in France; Cabo suelto, won awards at Masdanza and Danza Calvià in 2004. She won the best dancer award at the Madrid and Las Palmas choreographers’ event in 2000. She worked with Franco di Francescoantonio on scenic creation for Mon Brossa, produced for the National Theatre of Catalunya, and as assistant for his workshop L'attore in movimento in Italy. She took part in the homage to F. di Francescoantonio, directed by Carlotta Subiròs, at the Temporada Alta Festival in Girona in 2005. She participated as gesture actress and movement assistant in Universo Chomòn, a visual theatre performance directed by Victor Molina, together with the composer Jordi Sabatés and Mag Hausson. From 2004 she has worked as actress and dancer with Els Comediants and went on tour with Tren de somnis, by Joan Font and Jordi Sabatés. She worked with the colectivo K-mut on I jo que faig aquì presented at the festival IDN 2009 in Barcelona; she was gesture actress in the short film Luvia de otoño by Mani Martinez and Joaquin Jara. She directed La intimidada, a group of creative performers, with whom she carried on experimentation with movement on stage from 2001 until 2005. With them she presented various proposals for specific architectural spaces for urban dance festivals in Havana, Saragossa, Seville, Quito, Genoa and Barcelona. In 2009, together with Roger Julià, Elena Fortuny and Toni Viñals, she created a physical theatre company called Perdidos al rio. At the same time she has worked teaching courses and conducting workshops on creativity, improvisation and body techniques in different cities throughout the world. 6
DANI ESPASA – Music director Born in Canonia, Dani Espasa studied piano at the Tarragona Conservatory with M.D. Nolla and J.A. Calvo and then at the Conservatory of Barcelona with Carme Villà and Monique Deschaussées. At the same time he studied architecture at ETSAB. He has worked as a pianist and musical director on different television programmes for TV3 (Catalan television) and TVE (Spanish television) and also on several theatrical productions. He composes music for theatre and dance productions and works on a regular basis with Maria del Mar Bonet and Lidia Pujol. He has studied harpsichord at the Conservatory of Barcelona and at the ESMuC with Beatrice Martin. He has worked with the orchestra of the Teatre Lliure, the Orchestra Barcelona 216, with Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse, La Caravaggia and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia. He is director of the baroque orchestra Vespres D'Arnadì and since 2003 he has been pianist and harpsichordist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Catalunya (OBC).
MAURA MORALES – Dancer Born in Camaguey (Cuba), she studied classical dance, dramatic art and contemporary dance at the Escuela Vocacional y Profesional de Artes de Camaguey. She has performed as a dancer with the Ballet of Camaguey, with the Sodre Theatre of Montevideo, the Basel Theatre in Switzerland and in others European cities such as Oldenburg and Darmstad. She is currently working as and independent dancer and choreographer in different German, Cuban and Spanish cities. She has been invited to participate as a choreographer in events such as the Solos Festival of Stuttgart, where she won the second prize for choreography and the Masdanza Festival, where she won the audience award for best solo. She has also been invited to participate in dance festivals such as Sevilla Fest, BCSTX (Teatre Tantarantana /Mercat de les Flors) and Dies de Dansa (Barcelona).
XISCO SEGURA – Actor PhD. in Drama from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and graduate in Dramatic Arts from the Institut del Teatre of Barcelona, as an actor Xisco Segura has worked in more than twenty productions, including On a remplace le coqs with the company Malpelo; Mira'm with the Marta Carrasco Company at the National Theatre of Catalunya; La dama enamorada; Antigone at the Lliure theatre of Barcelona; and Un baul groc per a Nofre Taylor with the Tantarantana Company. He has worked in national television series like Doctor Mateu (Antena 3), Hospital Central (Channel 5), HKM (Channel Cuatro) and Catalan series such as Porca miseria (TV3). He also participated in series and game shows on the Balearic Islands television station. He has directed three plays: Vagines, at the Teatreneu in Barcelona; Icaros, an acrobatic production that premiered at the Teatro del Mar in Palma de Mallorca, and Guanyar perdre empatar, a production of the Teatro Principale Palma de Mallorca Foundation.