In 1934, Catalan teacher Antoni Benaiges arrived at the rural school of Bañuelos de Bureba, a small village in Burgos. He asked the children, who had never seen the sea, to write an assignment on how they imagined it. What visions would have risen out of their confrontation with that great unknown? The answer emerged in 1936, when the children’s poetic texts were published as a book: El Mar – Visión de unos niños que no lo han visto nunca [The Sea – A vision by children who have never seen it]. Antoni Benaiges promised his pupils that he would take them to see the sea in the summer of that same year, but he was murdered by the Francoists and so the promise went unfulfilled. El Mar – a show conceived by Xavier Bobés and Alberto Conejero – tells the story of this tragic event via an approach in which objects, poems and documents non-hierarchically coexist.
conceived and directed by Xavier Bobés, Alberto Conejero
dramaturgy Alberto Conejero from texts by Bañuelos de Bureba schoolchildren and teachers Antoni Benaiges, Marina Garcés, Alberto Conejero set design Pep Aymerich audiovisuals Albert Coma music Antonio José Martínez Palacios on recordings by José Luis Bernaldo de Quirós, Elisa Rapado Jambrina sound design Julià Carboneras lighting design Jou Serra, Mario Andrés Gómez art design Anna Auquer painting La Beren
documental and photographic consultancy Sergi Bernal audio testimonies El retratista, a documentary by Alberto Bougleux, Sergi Bernal executive production Imma Bové
cast Xavier Bobés, Sergi Torrecilla
co-produced by Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Festival FITT de Tarragona, Xavier Bobés (Spain)
opening 17 Feb 2022 Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona)
playing time 1:05 Ages 16 and up
Spoken in Castilian, with Portuguese subtitles.
Post-show talk | 15 Oct