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Princess of Asturias Awards

09/30/2016

Cultural events leading up to the 2016 Princess of Asturias Awards week

“To be, or not to be Espert” theatre cycle

“The Classical Clue” Roman treasure hunt

“Songs for (moderately) happy people.A musical road-trip through the work of Richard Ford”

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The Princess of Asturias Foundation has put together a programme of cultural events for the days leading up to the arrival of the 2016 Princess of Asturias Awards Laureates, intended to honour and publicize their achievements and careers through different activities open to the general public. Cultural events will take place from 13th to 16th October, the week prior to Awards Week. These consist of a theatre cycle, a Roman treasure hunt and a concert, all open to the public, to be held in Oviedo and Gijón.

Those interested can register for the events via the Foundation website (www.fpa.es) from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October.

“To be, or not to be Espert”
The cultural activities prior to Awards Week will start off with the theatre cycle entitled “To be, or not to be Espert”, a tribute to actress, director and producer Nuria Espert, bestowed with the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts. More than a dozen actors, directors, set designers and other professionals belonging to the Asturian theatre scene have helped prepare this tribute, which will include some of the most representative plays in Espert’s career. 

The “To be, or not to be Espert” programme will consist of two theatrical productions inspired by the Laureate’s career: “Ghosts (Hamlet)” and “Exemplary Female Killers”. The former consists of the production an abridged version of Hamlet (William Shakespeare), a character Espert played, being the first woman to do so in Spain. The production is directed by Marga Llano and the performance will take place in the former Arango Theatre in Gijón, which will reopen to host this play. The event is scheduled to take place at 8:00pm on Thursday, 13th October. There will be another performance on Friday 14th, at the same time. Seating limited to 200 per performance.

Meanwhile, the production entitled “Exemplary Female Killers”, directed by Etelvino Vázquez, recreates scenes from important plays in Espert’s career, the common denominator among which is that they have female protagonists who are forced in some way or another to commit a crime. The public will enjoy classics like Medea by Euripides; Yerma, Doña Rosita the Spinster and The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca; and The Maids by Jean Genet.

The production will be performed at the Historical Archives of Asturias, a reconverted former prison which, for the occasion, will only be accessible via the corridors of the former women’s wing. The first performance will be at 8:00pm on Friday, 14th October and there will be another on Saturday 15th, at the same time. Seating limited to 200 per performance.

“Songs for (moderately) happy people. A musical road-trip through the work of Richard Ford”
Several musicians from the indie and rock scenes will perform pieces inspired by the reading of excerpts from the writer’s works. The participating musicians, coordinated by singer-songwriter Pablo Moro, will perform cover versions or their own songs, offering the audience different approaches to the atmospheres, stories and characters from Ford’s literatura.

The concert will take place at 8:00pm on Saturday, 15th October in the former garage in Plaza del Fontan (Plaza Daoiz y Velarde), next to the Ramón Pérez de Ayala Public Library.  Seating limited to 200.

“The Classical Clue. A Roman treasure hunt through the work of Mary Beard”
To pay tribute to Mary Beard, granted the Award for Social Sciences, and to make her work more accessible to the general public, the Foundation has organized a historical treasure hunt evoking Gijón’s Roman past. Participants will be transported to the classical world and will have to show their mettle in tests based on a variety of topics, from creating Pompeian graffiti to using a road map of the ancient world. They will also have to act as judges in the dialectical duel of the “indefensible”, in which villains of ancient Rome will seek popular redemption.

The participants who manage to pass all the tests will enter into a draw for several people to accompany Mary Beard on her visit to the Roman Villa of Veranes, which will take place during Awards Week.

The treasure hunt will be held on Sunday, 16th October from 11:30am on, starting out from Fundación Cajastur Liberbank Palacio Revillagigedo in Gijón. Participants can register to participate via the Foundation website or in person at Fundación Cajastur Liberbank Palacio Revillagigedo on the day of the treasure hunt.

 The Regional Ministry of Education and Culture of the Principality of Asturias, the Principality of Asturias Regional Parliament, Oviedo and Gijón City Councils and the Principality of Asturias School of Dramatic Art (ESAD) have all collaborated in the organization of this series of events.

APPENDIX: Programme of activities leading up to Awards Week (subject to change).

Updated information at: www.fpa.es


SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES


THURSDAY, 13th OCTOBER

8:00pm “To be, or not to be Espert” theatre cycle: “Ghosts (Hamlet)”
Abridged theatrical performance of Hamlet by W. Shakespeare. Directed by: Marga Llano.

Arango Theatre, Gijon. Calle de La Merced, 43.

Seating limited to 200. Advance registration via the Foundation website from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October.

FRIDAY, 14th OCTOBER

8:00pm  “To be, or not to be Espert” theatre cycle: “Exemplary Female Killers”
Theatrical performance of several scenes from plays such as Medea by Euripides; Yerma, Doña Rosita the Spinster and The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca; and The Maids by Jean Genet. Directed by: Etelvino Vázquez

Historical Archives of Asturias (former prison). Calle del Arcipreste de Hita, 33012 Oviedo.

Seating limited to 200. Advance registration via the Foundation website from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October.

8:00pm “To be, or not to be Espert” theatre cycle: “Ghosts (Hamlet)”
Abridged theatrical performance of Hamlet by W. Shakespeare. Directed by: Marga Llano.

Arango Theatre, Gijon. Calle de La Merced, 43.

Seating limited to 200. Advance registration via the Foundation website from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October.

SATURDAY, 15th OCTOBER

8:00pm  “Songs for (moderately) happy people. A musical road-trip through the work of Richard Ford”
Several indie and rock musicians will perform songs with their impressions on the work of Richard Ford. Coordinated by Pablo Moro.

Former garage in Plaza del Fontan (Plaza Daoiz y Velarde), next to the Ramón Pérez de Ayala Public Library.

Seating limited to 200. Advance registration via the Foundation website from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October.

8:00pm “To be, or not to be Espert” theatre cycle: “Exemplary Female Killers”
Theatrical performance of several scenes from plays such as Medea by Euripides; Yerma, Doña Rosita the Spinster and The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca; and The Maids by Jean Genet. Directed by: Etelvino Vázquez

Historical Archives of Asturias (former prison) Calle del Arcipreste de Hita, Oviedo.

Seating limited to 200. Advance registration via the Foundation website from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October.

SUNDAY, 16th OCTOBER

11:30am  “The Classical Clue. A Roman treasure hunt through the work of Mary Beard”
An open treasure hunt with different tests based on classical topics.

Starting point: Fundación Cajastur Liberbank Palacio Revillagigedo. Plaza del Marqués, Gijón.

Advance registration via the Princess of Asturias Foundation website from 12 noon on Monday, 3rd October or in person at Fundación Cajastur Liberbank Palacio Revillagigedo on the day of the treasure hunt.

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