The writer of the work on Alsasua: “It is an object of healthy debate” | EUROtoday

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On October 15, 2016, a month after the celebration of Ospa Eguna (a celebration organized by the nationalist left that calls for the expulsion of the civil guard from the Basque Country and Navarra), a crowd attacked Alsace two armed off-duty institute brokers and their companions. That assault resulted within the damaged ankle of an agent, the harassment of the household of Ecuadorian origin of one of many ladies additionally attacked – to the purpose of getting to depart the Navarrese city – and with eight younger folks sentenced by the National Court to jail phrases. between 2 and 13 years in jail. Mara Goiricelaya (Bilbao, 1983) wished to make a play with that story and, thus, in 2021 he introduced ‘Altsasu’ on the Arriaga Theater in his metropolis, a manufacturing that now comes loaded with controversy to the Abada Theater in Madrid.

Vox has requested from the Madrid Assembly and the capital’s metropolis council that the play not be carried out as a result of, they declare, “whitewashes the actions of ETA’s entourage and calls Justice ‘disproportionate’.” To present his rejection, he’ll ship a illustration that can collect as an indication of protest on the doorways of La Abada this Thursday, the day of the premiere.

“I think that everything is susceptible to being dramatic material and that all the topics that challenge us, matter to us, move us or shake us are – and should, in fact, be – susceptible to being brought to the stage,” Goiricelaya explains to EL MUNDO earlier than this primary efficiency. “In the case Of judicial processes, such as this one or any other, there is a part that I always miss and that has to do with the human. Because what is collected in a judicial transcript, in the media, in files, in images, in a lot of documentation that is generated around this type of cases… has deficiencies, in the sense that the skin is missing.” This contact desires to be current in the truth that “all the characters have a voice, they all tell us what hurts them and they all go to the limit of their story,” explains the writer. “When, as an audience, you agree with some things and disagree with others, this critical capacity is activated.. “That’s why I feel ‘Altsasu’ is a strong and wholesome object of debate, deep reflection and alternate.”


Mara Goiricelaya (Bilbao, 1983), author and director of ‘Altsasu’.

The Princess of Asturias Award for Literature and artistic director of La Abada, Juan Mayorgadefends the presence of the assembly in Madrid: “I’m answerable for the programming. And I reply to a board during which three establishments are represented: the Community of Madrid, the Madrid City Council and the Ministry of Culture of Spain. In no case “I have received no type of pressure from any of them. And I assume the relevance of the presence of the work in the programming.”

Mayorga says he’s not in search of “the public’s consent” with this work, which shall be carried out till subsequent day the twenty eighth. “The Abbey does not have to assume the discourse of the creators, but I believe that they should have a space for conversation proposals. The opposite is an infantilizing look.”

“The magical thing about the piece is that There are people with very different ideologies who are fascinated by having been able to turn around that thought with which they came.“says Goiricelaya, who additionally presents from February 8 to 25 a ‘Yerma’ with out phrases by Lorca on the Fernn Gómez Theater of the Cultural Center of La Villa together with his firm La Dramtica Errante, with which he gained the Max Prize for greatest theatrical adaptation. “In this case, everyone, when they come to see the show, has a strong preconceived opinion about what happened, what they think about and who they stand with. And that’s good. The show is not done with the desire to print any type of certainty, nor judge, but quite the opposite. It’s not so much what I think that matters, but what it provokes in the public. I throw the ball to him to see how he receives it and for each one to decide if he is capable of putting himself in the other’s shoes for a moment.”

The playwright believes that “we have to talk about those pains that are irreconcilable. Hopefully at some point we can walk towards something that is a shared forgiveness or towards reconciliation, towards healing wounds. But if it is not possible, because sometimes there are pains that are irrevocable, then we can also talk about it. “That’s wholesome too.”

In that sense, Mayorga states that “censorship not solely harms these censored but additionally impoverishes society”. And he defends that “earlier than the mental, censorship needs to be responded to by the citizen.”

Since its premiere ‘Altsasu’ has toured Basque and Catalan stages, and has also been seen in Alicante, Pinto (Madrid) and even in Colombia and Uruguay. Is the public’s reaction different depending on the venue of the performance? Goiricelaya responds with another question: “Are we speaking concerning the Penal Code or the postal code? I write reveals which have one thing that strikes me inside and prompts my insides. I really feel that we creators shouldn’t be cautious concerning the matters we discuss. “I want to have the freedom to be able to tell people without having to look to see if this is going to be detrimental to me or my work. Without having to give explanations.” And he provides that this geographical variable “scares him a little”: “Because I think again that “There is a biased idea of the society within the Basque Country, which is totally various.”. She recognizes that, for her, the situation is one of a certain “privilege”, because she feels “very cared for” in the Basque theater circuit, “whose circumstances usually are not as unfavorable as in the remainder of the State” and which allows her shows to They are paid for by their own company, with a contribution from the Basque Government.

“I’ve seen few reveals like this one during which the viewers comes out so keen to speak, to have a espresso or a beer on the bar and to have the ability to proceed speaking about this,” Goiricelaya is proud. And one of the themes that the author focuses on in the text is the difference between laws and justice. “The legal guidelines haven’t at all times been truthful. It is one thing that History has consistently given us again. I’m not going to instantly query what occurs with the case, however one of many causes underlying the piece is that when the primary sentence there are judges of the Supreme Court, there are associations and there are political events that see the requested sentence as disproportionate. And it’s seen that for expenses with comparable traits – this unlucky state of affairs the place virtually on daily basis there are fights with the state safety forces – comparable penalties had not been imposed“.

“Justice,” he says, “is one thing that human beings have questioned all through historical past. And by those self same questions we now have additionally superior.” in society. From Gandhi to all those people who have promoted social movements where legality has been questioned, they have made us gain rights.” Hence his proclamation: “We must question everything, not only the laws, but any human principle that governs us. “There is not any technique to transfer ahead if we don’t query, if we don’t ask ourselves what sort of society we now have.”