The fire and spirit of poet-dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca are the inspiration for "Theatre, Culture and the Arts in Lorca's Spain," a semester-long celebration of Spanish culture and arts of the 1920s and 1930s set for the fall 2003 season at Cal State Northridge.
Coordinated by the university's Department of Theatre, the interdisciplinary festival is co-sponsored by the Spanish government's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. It will feature plays, music, dance, film and lectures that reflect the artistry, cultural influences and historical context of the brilliant Spanish writer, whose 1936 assassination made him one of the Spanish Civil War's most famous casualties.
"The whole idea is to give our students a more global perspective on what makes theater today," said James De Paul, chair and artistic director of theatre. "We're trying to open them up to the fact that an artist has to think across disciplines, to think in a larger way about how to tell stories."
De Paul said the festival is part of the department's international outreach that includes seven "sister schools" around the world and cultural exchanges with programs such as Korea's National University of the Arts: School of Theatre and School of Dance.
"Lorca was not only a playwright," said theatre professor Heinrich Falk, the festival's organizer, "but a poet, a visual artist and a composer as well." That artistic universality, Falk said, prompted festival planners to give campus audiences a sense of the richness and range of the theater, arts and cultural circles in which Lorca moved and worked.
The festival will begin with a weekly Cinematheque film series that starts on Monday, Sept. 15, in the Alan and Elaine Armer Theater, Manzanita Hall. Films will include "The Disappearance of Garc’a Lorca," directed by Marcos Zurinaga and starring Andy Garc’a; "To an Unknown God" by writer-director Jaime Chavarri; "Bu–uel and King Solomon's Table," directed by Carlos Saura; and short films directed by Segundo de Chomon and comedian Buster Keaton, a Lorca favorite.
Also scheduled are "Trip to the Moon," directed by Frederic Amat from a Lorca scenario; "Blood Wedding," directed by Saura from the Lorca play; "An Andalusian Dog" and "Tristana," both directed by Bunuel; and "Belle ƒpoque," "The Girl of Your Dreams," and "The Spell of Shanghai," all directed by Fernando Trueba.
A series of lectures in the Whitsett Room of Sierra Hall, from Thursday, Oct. 9 through Tuesday, Nov. 4, will focus on Lorca and Spanish theater, cultural politics during Spain's Second Republic, the theater groups of Lorca and Alejandro Casona, the collaboration of theater director Luigi Salerni with painter Juan Gonzalez on Lorca's play "When Five Years Pass," and the creative interaction between Lorca, Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali.
Six plays by Lorca will be presented in a rotating repertory during November at the Studio Theatre, Nordhoff Hall: "Buster Keaton's Promenade," "The Maiden, the Sailor and the Student," "Scene of the Lieutenant Colonel of the Civil Guards" (in English and Spanish), "Dialogue of Amargo, the Bitter One" (in English and Spanish), "The Puppet Play of Don Cristobal" and "When Five Years Pass."
Other November festival events will include performances by internationally known guitar soloist Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey(top right); the world premiere of an original dance presentation, choreographed by assistant kinesiology professor J'aime Morrison and based on a work by Lorca; and a flamenco performance by Laila del Monte, accompanied by guitarist Adam del Monte(bottom right).
All performances will be listed throughout the season in @CSUN's calendar section. For more information, visit the Theatre Department Web site at www.csun.edu/theatre/lorca_theatre.html or call the department at (818) 677-3086.
@csun | September 8, 2003 issue
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