Tonight's main course is the El Ejido Theater Festival 45th Anniversary. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy laughter and reflection at the Els Joglars theatre company. Ramon Fontsere stars and directs 'Let Aristophanes Come Out.' This play is a return to comedy's origins and a defense of freedom.
What will the spectators find on Friday at the boards?
This is a very current story about a Classics professor who is fired from University because of scratches from students. He is also under pressure and interns in a psychocultural rehabilitation center due to the mental consequences of this trauma. His knowledge of him and his love for the classical world lead him to assume the role of Aristophanes. He imagines the Greek playwright, somewhere between reality and fiction as a model for freedom in a society that is increasingly full of taboos.
-Comedy and reflection...
In these times of freedom and advancement, there has been a surge of inquisitions and attacks on personal freedom. It is becoming increasingly difficult to have a conversation with friends or family members. This is because there is a constant morality of politically correctness. Anything you say on social media can lead to a loss of your reputation.
-Why are you focusing on Aristophanes' figure as an element to rotate the work?
Aristophanes deserves the highest praise. The society of the 5th Century BC is now fully known because of him. We can learn from his works the trends and the problems that were prevalent in that society. They are very similar to the current situation. He was an actor who performed two plays against Athens' president and used comedy to address the present. It was a bit like what we do every day. These were cathartic shows, and the public was grateful to someone who dared to show the vices of society and abuses of power. He is like Moliere and Shakespeare for us.
-A play about Aristophanes who is the creator of comedy and satire, as well as a mental health center. Are you crazy enough to say certain things these day?
They say children and crazy people tell the truth. Madness can be a shocking way to tell a story in an indirect manner. This is because those society considers insane are the ones who speak the most common-sense and sensible things.
Would the Aristophanes theater have a place in today's times or would it be censored.
-I learned during the documentation that Gustave Flaubert, a French writer, wrote to his lover in 1852. He said that modern society doesn't need a Christ nor a Washington nor Socrates. But it needs an Aristophanes. The public would stone him. This means that he was an extraordinary man of courage and courage. His theater was a benefit to society because it helped people see their mistakes, vices, and bad habits. It was also funny and ironic, which I believe was why his theater was so useful. Aristophanes would have many themes for his works in these times. He would be controversial as artists are always the ones who make the most progress. They have been the pioneers of society's advancement from the most mundane things.
Is freedom of expression being lost in a global society with social networks and many ways to express one's opinions? It seems strange.
Fear is a reality. One could point out how beautiful and handsome their children were at the time of social media, but it soon became clear that if you don’t speak my mind, you’re the worst. Although it has some positive aspects, there are also negative sides. However, now social media has turned into those popular courts, the censorships politicians use to make their decisions.
Els Joglars will turn 60 this year. He has already led this organization for a decade and a lifetime.
It was like a breath of fresh air. Joglars will be my 40th year. I had hoped to be there for one year. Let's see if I hit the mark. Joglars is a great way to see the impressive work of Albert Boadella. Through his shows, you can learn a lot about Spain's history. Each show reflects a little on the past of this country.
-I can only recall four stops during the decade he has been at head of company and two others before him.
Festival of El Ejido was born out of a stubbornness and persistence to put on a Theater Festival that started in a fruit warehouse. I can remember being in a fruit shop, where there was a shower hose. There was also a lot of dust from cars. We then went to the Pavilion, and finished our act in the Auditorium.
What other memories are you able to recall of El Ejido Theater Festival's El Ejido Theater Festival, and what do they remind you of?
I remember eating the delicious Raf tomato after we were done. I also remember the May Crosses. For many years, we have been coming. Casa Ricardo is El Ejido's restaurant. It serves great food. These are the pleasures comedians also enjoy: eating local food and gastronomy. Enjoy where you are and live life to the fullest.