Imagine we are standing on top of a buffet in the living room of a traditional home where we find some everyday objects, amongst which stands out a painting depicting four singing angels. It is a Painted Paradise. We’ve seen it many times before, but we had never realised that one of the angels is somehow different from the rest.
Composed of a series of sketches that begin with a memorable and hilarious parody of Joan Maragall’s poem ‘La Vaca Cega’ (The Blind Cow) in ‘De Pe a Pa’ Pepa Plana turns herself into a poet and a rhapsody, irreverent, but full of humanity. She tells us a Chinese story, she dialogues with a potato and she also shows us how cruel can become people’s existence.
The play begins at the very moment when Pepa learns that she has just been made redundant from a major theatrical production where she was going to perform the leading role … or at least this is what she imagined. This is only the starting point, as Pepa is determined to go ahead with the project all by herself."Giulietta" is a show that is enriched by the direct contact with the audience, and which reveals the gaze of the clown from the female condition.
Starting from a series of everyday life actions taken from the female imaginary, we are presented with three characters with three different stories; the theatre’s cleaning lady overburdened because everything is falling on her shoulders, an indigent who creates her imaginary family with what she carries in her trolley and a gipsy woman who is as much an acrobat as she is a magician. They all pass through the stage where we will immediately recognize ourselves by the proximity of their actions.
The connecting subject that takes us through the different situations of the Greek myth is a red thread. This thread allows us to weave and tear apart a tapestry where the protagonist, a Pepa/Penèlope clown that waits for the return of Ramón/Ulysses, enjoys sharing with us the most tender and poetic situations of her wait, as well as the most absurd and comic ones.
Two male and a female clowns meet on this path of exodus to recreate the world and restore the joy of laughing at the smallest things, but also putting the nail on the head when matters bother us. The three forgotten misfits purposely tell us their story with the intention to remain in our memories.‘Exodus’ is a journey of no return mirroring humanity’s flight since the early days of its existence, be it for religious or political reasons, enduring famine, or currently for climatic reasons too.
In a world of actors, this clown emerges with all her innocence, but with the conviction that the others are those going in the opposite direction. As the director of the production says: “she liberates us from psychoanalytical readings and the excessively restrictive interpretative clichés".
Amaluna’ is inspired by William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’, and this is the starting point. The plot is located on an island inhabited by females, where a celebration is taking place to mark Miranda’s passage into adulthood. However, a tempest arrives to the island, and with it, so do men. This is where the twist of the story begins, followed by a love story between Miranda and Romeo blended with different characters of Shakespeare.
Two worlds exist beside each other. Two realities. A male clown and a female clown tell us about it, each in their own way. Two complimentary visions, two sides of the same coin. Two contradictory stories in which the big problems have simple solutions and the little ones can be really complicated. As they say, the world is not shared out fairly.