This looks like it could be fun. We have all seen (I assume) the films of Charlie Chaplin on tv – or possibly at the cinema. But how about watching one of his films – The Circus – at the theatre and with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid providing the score? Well, this is the treat film-goers are in for if they visit the Teatro de la Zarzuela on April 22nd (8.00pm).
For the 24th year running the Festival de Otoño returns to Madrid. A combination of music, theatre, dance and circus from around the world will entertain visitors and Madrileños for the coming 5 weeks. The event runs from the 15th October to the 18th November and is held is venues across the city.
The Theatre companies who are represented include: Britain’s National Theatre, La Comédie-Française, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Josep Maria Mestres.
Dance companies attending include: Les Ballets C. de la B., Compañía Blanca Li, Toneelhuis. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Compañía Carlotta Sagna.
On the music front Caetano Veloso, Companyia Carles Santos, David Sylvian, Philip Glass and Compagnia dell’ Ambra will all be performing.
There’s a bar/cafe down on Madrid’s Cava Baja that I have walked past on a number of occasions – never actually going into it, until now. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it – a video selection as you walked in, high stools around a bar, a smart Apple monitor also behind the bar and plasma TV screens showing popular films (last week they were showing Volver).
Well, last week I went out for a few drinks with my wife, her brother-in-law and his wife and we ventured in. Angelika Cinema Lounge is very different to your typical Spanish bar – firstly, there is a no-smoking policy (don’t get me started on the ridiculous no-smoking policies in Madrid!), secondly, you can hire a DVD from their superb selection of films and thirdly, the bar staff at Angelika are acting professionals, who you can ask film advice of.
Though we went in there late I can still remember that they were playing the Bill Murray film Lost in Translation! Films are projected on plasma screens around the bar and, from what I can gather, they all use the original soundtrack (no dubbing). Angelika offers a wide range of drinks and food – coffees, teas, spirits and some great pastries. As it was so late I had a gin and tonic, which from my perspective (at around 2 a.m.!) seemed to be very carefully prepared – gin poured over ice and the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon – delicious!
It also offers a free wi-fi zone and I can’t think of more pleasant surroundings to do some work, or even to surf. On different days they offer screenings, short films and cinema debates.
From the 15th to the 25th March, 2007 you will have a chance to see one of Spain’s most famous flamenco dancers, Antonio Canales. There are three parts to the show: Cambalache, Dualia y Caprichos – the first part was created by Antonio Canales and also features him as one of the dancers. The performances can be seen at the Teatro La Zarzuela and ticket prices range from 11 to 32 euros.
Metrópoli has a really good guide to what you can do in Madrid this December – it is in Spanish, though. They have come up with 150 suggestions for what you can do in the coming weeks – eat, drink, be merry and much more. Interestingly, they have broken them down into 15 categories – based on different types of personality. These range from the sportsman (woman), the art lover, the over 65’s, under 18’s, the shopaholics, singles, and a good few more. There are some really cool suggestions here – there is even a category for those who think they’re cool!!
A new initiative in Madrid aims to offer people up to 50% off theatre prices for performances, when bought two hours beforehand. Located in the Plaza del Carmen, the Last Minute Box Office lets you buy tickets at 21 of Madrid’s theatres and this initiative is likely to be extended in the future to include music, dance and circuses. Once purchased, you can go direct to the theatre without having to drop by at the box office.
Here are a list of the 21 theatres:
Teatro Albéniz, Teatro Alcázar, Gran Vía, Fígaro, Infanta Isabel, Amaya, Victoria, Alfil, La Latina, Teatro de Madrid, Muñoz Seca, Reina Victoria, Arlequín, El Canto de la Cabra, Teatro Triángulo, Sala Cuarta Pared, Pradillo, Sala Ítaca, Teatro Lagrada, Teatro Estudio Liberarte and Guindalera Escena Abierta.
From today, 16th May, 2006, until the 23rd May the fifth edition of the Festival ImagineIndia will take place. It will see over 40 Indian films being projected in 3 of Madrid’s cinemas – Cine Estudio de Círculo de Bellas Artes, Filmoteca Española and Cine Palafox. This follows hot on the heels of a Spanish film festival that was held in India in February. Aside from showing a wide selection of Indian films, there will also be a retrospective of the work of Mira Nair.
I just had an email from Andrew Losowsky, a journalist/photographer/author, who has written to inform me that his new play – Workplay – will be premiering on 21st February (until 26th) at the Teatro Independiente Sur.
It’s called Workplay, and it’s premiere is next Tuesday, as part of the La Alternativa theatre festival. It’s the only English language production in the festival. The director is Tom Wright, a London theatre director who has flown over especially to direct the piece.
"A Hitchcock-style drama about strange people and ordinary jobs. If work was nothing but a game,
would you know when to stop playing? An unsettling new play with sharp dialogue where nothing is what it seems.
Having had its world premiere in Bilbao last week, the Ballet "Blancanieves" (Snow White) will première in Madrid’s Teatro Albéniz on the 9th November and will run until the 13th November. The star of the show is Tamara Rojo, the principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden. The Ballet is described as the first purely Spanish Ballet – the choreographer and stage manager is Ricardo Cué; the musical score is by Emilio Aragón who directs the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Comunidad de Madrid; the principal dancers are Spanish as are the costume and lighting designers. This is actually quite a rare opportunity to see Tamara Rojo dance in Spain – the last time was 5 years ago.
Dates: 9th – 13th November, 2005 Time: 8.30 p.m. (except Sunday: 7 p.m.) Tickets: from 20 to 5 Euros – can be bought at the box office or from www.entradas.com (902 488 488)
Starting on October 6th and running for a full month, Madrid will host its yearly autumn festival, the Festival de Otoño. The festival showcases dance, music and theatre companies from around the world and is held in the major Madrid theatres: the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and Teatro Albéniz, to name but a few. Here is a brief overview of some of the artists and performances which will feature during this month:
Music Joan Manuel Serrat; Elza Soares; Dead Capo; La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI and Racalmuto
Theatre Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure (in English); Sophocles’ Antigone (in Brazilian); Macbeth and Othello (in Lithuanian) and Stupidity and Versión Original Subtitulada (in Spanish) – all plays have subtitles in Spanish
Dance Dance companies from Spain, UK, Belgium and France will be performing across the theatres of Madrid.
Starting on the 13th Ocotber and going on until the 14th November, the Festival de Otoño (Autumn festival) brings together dance, music and theatre acts to a wide range of venues across Madrid. You can enjoy music from Brazil, including Caetano Veloso, and the Serrat Sinfónico. Dance spectacles come from Spain, Belgium and Holland and inlcude a flamenco show called the 4 elements.
During the months of July and August, the streets, gardens, theatres and other public places of Madrid see a number of activities organised by the Madrid Council for Art and called Veranos de la Villa. The city plays host to dance, music, theatrical events and zarzuela throughout this period. You can catch Flamenco Nights in the Sabatini Gardens (next to the Royal Palace); Spirit of the Dance by the Arabic Wall; Bizet’s Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Steve Winwood in Conde Duque and a variety of Zarzuelas, too.
Cine Doré is a great film theatre, which dates back to 1923. The films it shows are certainly not the blockbusters you see in mainstream Spanish cinemas (and almost always dubbed) and acts as a magnet for film buffs. Cine Doré has three screens, which show films every day in their original language. They often have film weeks, where they will project the films of a famous director, like Luis Buñuel or Woody Allen or from a certain country, like Sweden or Japan. From July until the middle of September they offer an open-air cinema.
Cine Doré comes under the control of Filmoteca whose mission statement is to investigate and preserve the cinematogrpahic patronage and promote its knowledge. Filmoteca itself comes under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Culture and Education and has a huge historical film archive.
On December 17th, in Madrid’s Teatro Coliseum de Madrid, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘Cats’ will open. The musical, a success from day one, has been shown in 300 cities and tranlsated into 10 languages. The last few months have seen a lot of activity in ‘Musical Land’ with We Will Rock You, Cabaret and now Cats opening in Madrid. Let’s hope that more will follow.
Tickets can be bought at the theatre itself or fromEl Corte Inglés, either on-line or at the ticket office in the store. Prices range from 25 to 60 euros
Address: Gran Vía, 78 Metro: Plaza de España