Oriente Plus, a Caribbean story

Oriente Plus, a Caribbean story

Oriente Plus, a Caribbean story

I met Signdance Collective, in 2013, when they wanted to stage Carthage, a play by my dear friend Caridad Svich, who introduced me to them. They flew me up to Austria to direct the show, where I was met by Isolte Avila and David Bower, the artistic directors of the company, two artists exceptional from every angle. The work they have been doing for thirty years is a legacy to the theatre and to the new generations. It includes signlanguage, dance, performance, live music, and loads of talent and hard work.

 

This time, in March 2022, I have directed the digital show that comes out of Oriente Plus, a Caribbean story, their first original sign dance theatre outdoor/touring piece created specifically for the new state of being, by Pedro de Senna.

Robert Corcoran and I have been testing and experimenting with Twitch, TikTok, OBS, Facebook Live, Instagram, EpocCam, Streamlabs, and many more. We have been testing the capabilities and effects within those platforms, applications and softwares, with green screens in real life and in-app, aiming to create a unique perspective for the digital audiences, while embeding everything into a unified online stage, not easy.

Oriente Plus, a Caribbean story, the digital show, allows us to share the points of view of two different characters at the same time. Those points of view are also reflected in the way they share them with us: The character of the Vulture is a young person extremely comfortable with technology and living fast, playing around with effects and filters in vertical videos that engage his audience, while the character of the Serpent reflects a more introspective artistic slow world, in which we can see and hear things the way he does, and reality is still horizontal, and not immediate but postproduced, as the way we think as we gather more experience in life, with our thoughts stretching through time.

We have also been rehearsing how to capture it all on cameras, where to put the cameras in the performers, how to use them, and how to integrate them and the green screens with the characters on stage, making it all part of the real life show itself.

It all belongs to the story we are sharing. The form of expression is conditoned by the essence of the message, and that is how the digital show has been developed and integrated with the real life show.

The piece will have its official previews at The Cockpit Theatre in London March, 2022, and its European premiere in Graz, Austria in May 27th & 28th, 2022, from where it will go on a quite extensive tour.

Performances at The Cockpit Theatre

31 March 2022 (Workshop and Show Package)
Thu 31 Mar 2022 – 1:30pm (Show Only)
Thu 31 Mar 2022 – 7:30pm (Show)
Fri 1 Apr 2022 – 7:30pm (Show)
Sat 2 Apr 2022 – 2pm (Show)
Sat 2 Apr 2022 – 7:30pm (Show)

Peckham Fringe
Tuesday 24th May – 2pm
Wednesday 25th May – 2pm
Thursday 26th May – 7.30pm

Sir William Borlases Theatre Marlow
Thursday 26th May – 7pm

Brighton Fringe at Fishing Museum Gallery
Wednesday 1st June – 1pm and 3pm
Thursday 2nd June -1pm and 3pm
Friday 3rd June – 1pm and 3pm
Saturday 4th June – 1pm and 3pm
Sunday 5th June – 1pm and 3pm

Salisbury International Arts Festival
Wednesday 8th June – 7.30pm

Ludlow Festival
Wednesday June 29th
Thursday June 30th
SAVVY Theatre
Saturday July 2nd

Chesham Market Square
Friday 29th July
Saturday 30th July

This is a story about the things that keep us together, even when the world tears us apart. A story about poetry, music and culture. A story that doesn’t look like a story, but moves in its own way, sinuous, snake-like, circling like a vulture, gliding and diving through the air. A story about a mother and daughter losing each other and finding themselves in the memories of all the mothers and daughters that came before them and made them who they are. This is a Caribbean story, a story of power cuts and generators, of crossroads and ocean crossings, of haunted bodies and dancing souls.

Pedro de Senna

Playwright

 
Oriente Plus, A Caribbean Story by Pedro De Senna
Collaborative Director: Beatriz Cabur
 
Digital Show Director: Beatriz Cabur
Digital Show Assistant Director: Robert Corcoran
 
Music: David Omni & Angelina Schwammerlin
Design: Viviana Molinares & Robert Corcoran
Additional Poetry: Tarik Jones Cameron
 
With:
Isolte Avila as Maria
Ivani Ca as Ana
David Bower as Serpent
Robert Corcoran as Digital Vulture
 
Production:
Soobie Whitfield & Isolte Avila
 
Outreach:
Soobie Whitfeld & Golda Dahan

Sacrifice: A Clytemnestra Story

Sacrifice: A Clytemnestra Story

Sacrifice: A Clytemnestra Story

In 2012 I was closely connected to a group called The Internationalists, they held a playwriting contest in which the prize was getting either a reading or a production of your play in five different countries. In that year, the winner was The Hummingbirds, by Garret Jon Groenveld. I got to direct it in Spain.

Read the annoucement we did about it here, have a look at the gorgeous poster we had for it here, read about the presentation here, and about the second run here.

It was a lovely experience, specially because Garret came all the way from San Francisco to see it. He slept through it because he was terribly jet lagged but I took him out to party and here we are. Almost ten years later, still admiring each other’s work, still caring about each other.

(He didn’t really slept through the whole thing, I was adding a bit of drama to this post. Read the review he wrote about the show here.)

Garret Jon Groenveld is one of the best playwrights out there right now. His texts have this particular quality that makes you realise you are in the presence of greatness.

So after all these years, he called me again to direct a reading of his latest play and we did “Sacrifice: A Clytemnestra Story” on Sunday 7 November at 7:00PM, at The Cockpit Theatre in London.

Sacrifice – A Clytemnestra Story by Garret Jon Groenveld

The classical Greek story through her eyes: A Queen is often asked to give up what she wants – for her country, for her sister, for her husband – when it comes to her daughter – what will she do?

Denise Pitter, Clytemnestra
Esther Tan, Iphigenia
Garret Groenveld, playwright
Beatriz Cabur, director

Video Credits from the show

Denise Pitter as Clytemnestra and Esther Tan as Iphigenia in a still from the show

Denise Pitter and Esther Tan in rehearsals

Denise Pitter and Esther Tan in rehearsals

White on White

White on White

White on White

WHITE ON WHITE
Translated by Iride Lamartina-Lens
 
Photography by Michael Loos
 
 
Live Zoom Reading series in partnership with Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays
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White on White [Blanco sobre blanco] (2018) takes place in an isolated station in the Arctic. In a rapidly defrosting wilderness, two conflicting characters—Dimitri, an aging misanthropic meteorologist, and Carla, a young documentary filmmaker from Guinea–observe and interact with Nanua, a starving female polar bear irreversibly destined towards death and possible extinction. Nanua’s fragmented interior monologues of loss and despair interweave with the incoherence of human discord, indifference, and broken communication. Realistic, poetic, moving and disturbing White on White mirrors the unforgiving consequences of an unchecked global ecological crisis for animals and humans alike.
 

Childbirth-19

Childbirth-19

Childbirth-19

This work has been commissioned by Procreate Project

with public funding from Arts Council England

written and directed by Beatriz Cabur

with Emma Bakare

A Brand New Digital Theatre Play

Childbirth-19 is a new digital theatre play specifically written to be performed online. The play depicts childbirth in times of Covid-19 and tackles how the experience of pregnancy and labour is shaped by systemic trauma, as due to coronavirus, childbirth interventions and mistreatments have increased, disregarding women’s needs and rights.

Based on Real Life Experiences

Major traumas and long lasting damages have been inflicted in the name of minor risk prevention, leaving women without birth partners, not allowing home births, having midwifery led units, ultimately not giving choices to women on where and how to give birth and separating babies from their parents right after birth.

Developed with birthworkers

The play is also informed by conversations with childbirth professionals and birthworkers. By collecting the stories of women who have assisted women in labour or work in defending their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, Childbirth-19 will also reflect their experiences and amplify their voices.

Proudly Supported by Birthrights.

Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and autonomy.
 
 
You can find information about your rights in pregnancy and childbirth in our factsheets and in our Coronavirus FAQ. You can find template letters to challenge visiting restrictions on our website.
We can also advise you directly via our contact form or advice@birthrights.org.uk.
 
Birthrights is a small charity with a big mission. We need your help to support more people who need our advice about Covid-19 and their pregnancy and birth. Please donate today.

 

STUPID PEOPLE

STUPID PEOPLE

STUPID PEOPLE

Beatriz Cabur directed two different Rapid Productions of “STUPID PEOPLE” by Daniela Fejerman at the Cervantes Theatre in London in October, 2019.

The original Spanish text was performed by Sofía Monreal, Jorge Lucas and Santiago Cabrero, on Friday 11th October 2019 at 7.30pm

The English version, translated by Hayley O’Kell and María Bastianes, was performed by Nicola Peluso, Robert Bradley and George Williams on Saturday 12th October 2019 at 7.30pm.

Sorcha Corcoran was the costume designer, Ignacio Leache the stage manager and Marcus Roche the production manager, all of them, alongside Puerto Baker, Paula Paz, Jorge de Juan and the rest of the staff at the Cervantes Theatre created the best possible environment to work, each and every single one of them showing a level professionalism that’s not easy to find.

What a blast!

 

 

STUPID PEOPLE: Two brothers who argue as to who should care for their lonely mother, a couple who sleep together again after a year of separation, a pregnant policewoman, a British father who aims to pick up his son on his birthday, a desperate man who assaults an off-roader driven by a local dignitary. This is a comedy about stupidity, which knows no economic or social barriers. For there are stupid people in all societies, throughout all ages of all sexes, religions and races. But do we stop to think about this ?

What is a Rapid Production? A Rapid Production is the complete play performed by actors with full movement, staging, music and lighting but with script in hand. The Cervantes Theatre pioneered this sort of production when they noticed that when they watched the play they quickly ‘forgot’ that the actors were reading. Rapid Productions are much more cost effective to put on because rehearsal time is significantly reduced so, for the Cervantes Theatre they have become a way of making top class theatre available at a really low price.

THE MIND-BOGGLING SHRINKING WOMAN

THE MIND-BOGGLING SHRINKING WOMAN

THE MIND-BOGGLING SHRINKING WOMAN

“THE MIND-BOGGLING SHRINKING WOMAN” tackles childbirth and motherhood. A short play written and directed by Beatriz Cabur (with a little borrowing from Lars Von Trier) to be performed by Mirko Grewing. This play has been commissioned by Procreate Project as a part of the symposium “OXYTOCIN, Birthing the world” that took place on Saturday, June 3rd at the Royal College of Art. 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN

READ THE WHOLE PLAY CLICKING ON THE IMAGE BELOW

WATCH THE #LIVE RECORDING clicking on the video below.

A man performs the journey a woman endures from being regular sized to a barely noticeable, almost impossible to be heard miniature of herself. The text reflects on how the treatment provided by the medical profession during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, delivery and post-partum time impacts on the body and mind of women.

Woman in the poster: Dyana Gravina

LIL’BIRD2

LIL’BIRD2

LIL’BIRD2

LIL’BIRD2 premiered on May 23rd on facebook LIVE!!

 
 
LIL’BIRD was written and performed in English. LIL’BIRD2 has been originally written in English but it has been translated and developed in Spanish, it was performed in Spanish on May 23rd, 2018 with the following artistic team:

Carolina Lapausa as CARLOTA FITZ-PATRICK DE LA VEGA
Sara Moros as ISABEL DE LA VEGA
Sandra Dominique as LUISA LÓPEZ LAMAS
Laura Aparicio as MARÍA MACÍAS MARCO
Laura Madera as SARA SWARTZ

Assitant Director: Laura Madera

Stage Manager: Eugenia Peral

Playwright and Director: Beatriz Cabur

Would you like to know more about the first LIL'BIRD?

¿Quieres leer "PÍO PÍO 2"? (Versión en español)

DIRIGE – Mentorías a Escena

DIRIGE – Mentorías a Escena

DIRIGE – Mentorías a Escena

On March 11th, I had the honor of directing the Spanish division of The League of Professional Theatre Women (LMPT) second gala in Madrid. It was called “DIRIGE – Mentorías a Escena”. DIRIGE was presented to general audiences within the Ellas Crean Festival and it was a huge success, more than 200 people were left outside queuing for returns!
The League of Professional Theatre Women – Spanish Division, that I founded and direct, has launched a Mentoring Program in which we pair a woman with more than 10 years of professional experience in theatre with another one that has significantly less experience. In this pilot program we have paired more than 60 women that are developing 30+ projects. This gala, DIRIGE – Mentorías a Escena, was created with the idea of showcasing three of those projects to present the whole Mentoring Program to the Spanish society. All of them felt the pressure of putting something on stage in an early moment of the process but I personally think that throwing theatre makers into a stage can always be turned into a really good experience. Both the Ellas Crean Festival and the Conde Duque Theatre put the best people they have to work with us, making out of DIRIGE a really enjoyable experience. I couldn’t be more thankful.
We started to set up the Conde Duque Theatre on Friday and it went beautifully. Cristina Santoro was our light designer and Alba Redondo our sound technician. They both did an amazing job.

Our host for the night, and vicepresident of the League of Professional Theatre Women – spanish Division (LMPT) Belén Santa Olalla rocked the stage!

Within the Mentoring Program and in order to create the first piece of the Gala, QUIMERA, The League of Professional Theatre Women – Spanish Division, organized a multidisciplinary laboratory in collaboration with the Circo Price. The laboratory was directed and guided by Neus Gil Cortés and Eva Redondo developing the project Neus is working on. QUIMERA will be fully developed and ready to tour by the end of the Mentoring Program.
The talented women who worked in the laboratory, with Neus and Eva, developing QUIMERA and then presented it at the gala were Lucia Bravo, Cristina Sánchez, María Zárate, Laura Jabois, Sarah Funda, Aranzazu Alonso, Ascen Caballero, Lola Acosta, Julia González, Lucía Passardi, Inma Gamarra, Natalia Moya. Thank you, ladies. You were all brilliant!
Our second piece for the evening was called EXTERNAL YOUTH and the team who developed it were Cachito Noguera, Marta Bascuñana and Loly Garayalde. Cachito and Marta are working together since the LMPT paired them within the Mentoring Program. Loly helped them directing the piece for the gala. The two women present the life of a girl through the milestones of her birthdays until she is forty years old. She undergoes a series of surgeries and body modifications in order to please everyone but her. We can’t wait to see this play fully developed.
Our third work in progress for the evening was the result of the work of the playwrights Velilla Valbuena and her mentor Laura Rubio Galletero, based on “Excentric Paganini”,  a musical project by Pablo Martos. It presents the story of Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma and Paganini. Within the Mentoring Program Laura Rubio Galletero is helping Velilla take care, not only of the dramaturgical development of the piece but of the historical precision of each single word. Inés Adán directed the piece beautifully.
We’ve got till the end of this article without mentioning Yolanda Dorado and you may wonder how that happened, well, she is the woman in the shadow who makes everything possible. Let’s shed some light on her now. Yolanda runs the LMPT with me and if we are growing at such a fast pace (from zero to 6300 members in less than a year) is because of her hard work. Thank you, Yolanda. It’s always a pleasure and an inspiration to work with you.
So getting back to DIRIGE, it was a beautiful evening, full of amazingly talented and professional artists, technicians, the theatre and the festival staff and more. Concha Hernández, María José Aliste, Raquel Provencio, Marc Bartolo, Álvaro Villahoz, Daniel Ramírez, Patricio Forrester, Sandra Dominique, Pilar Almansa, Conchita Piña… and so many more! I couldn’t be more thankful to all of them for making my job so easy and enjoyable. See you all soon!!
Pictures of the pieces ©Ellas Crean by Alicia Blanco

The League of Professional Theatre Women – Spain

The League of Professional Theatre Women – Spain

The League of Professional Theatre Women – Spain

On November 14th, the Spanish division of The League of Professional Theatre Women had his first event in Madrid. The gala was called ACTÚA and it gathered theatre women from all regions in Spain.
Picture by CARLOS NÚÑEZ DE ARENAS
Picture by CARLOS NÚÑEZ DE ARENAS
The Spanish Division of the LPTW was founded by Beatriz Cabur, Yolanda Dorado, Conchita Piña and Inge Martín San Juan on World Theatre Day, 2016. Right now, it counts with more than 6000 women among its members. Click here to become a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women – Spain.

The LPTW-Spain is still directed by Beatriz Cabur, Yolanda Dorado and Conchita Piña but after Inge Martín San Juan had to step out of her role, Belén Santa-Olalla took over and is doing the best possible job. Still four amazing professional theatre women working to make change happen!

Picture by CARLOS NÚÑEZ DE ARENAS
The gala was hosted by the gorgeous and talented Carolina Lapausa and Xenia Sevillano, they delivered Inge Martín San Juan script with lots of energy and joy. Both actresses created a fun environment for us all to enjoy the gala.
The musical group “The Funamviolistas” created a specific show for the gala in which they went through their experiences as women in the industry and how that impacted their careers. A story of deception and overcoming that had a profound impact on our audience.
Marinma Dorado, first in the right in the picture, is a professional coach who took us all through an amazing journey of self discovery and empowerment. The audience was raging during her performance and lots of women contacted her after the gala to try and work together. It was a true networking event made possible by The Spanish Division of The League of Professional Theatre Women.
Big round of applause to all women involved in this show!!
All the pictures in this article were taken by CARLOS NÚÑEZ DE ARENAS
ACTÚA was supported by the SGAE, Stroke 114, The Theatre Times, NITEcorp and Jameson Whiskey.

CARTHAGE

CARTHAGE

CARTHAGE

I am pleased to share with you that I am now in Austria directing CARTHAGE, a play by Caridad Svich.

I am working here with an incredible team composed by Signdance Collective, the Dead Days Beyond Help, Lila Transmitter and HenryH.

A first approach to CARTHAGE will be performed on September 13th 2013 at 4 pm in GRAZ, & September 14th 2013 at 4 pm in THE CASTLE of LIGIST.

The Plane

The Plane

The Plane

I am very proud to present THE PLANE, an innovative theatre show I have written and directed.

THE PLANE is a theatre play specifically written to be performed through telepresence combining six different screens. There are five different teams of Actors and/or Stage Managers located in New York, London, Madrid, Barcelona and Milan from which we will stream both live and recorded video of different scenes of the play but from the audience’s point of view it will look like they are all passengers in the same flight.

InterTeatro Grand Finale

InterTeatro Grand Finale

InterTeatro Grand Finale

The amazingly innovative theatrical project Interteatro has been a hit!

NITE is proud to present “InterTeatro” – a project by Beatriz Cabur and the Cervantes Institute of Milan with the objective of internationally promoting contemporary Spanish drama. InterTeatro is a new form of theatre that, through the use of technology, combines traditional methods with new forms of communication. 

The plays that make up InterTeatro are a combination of different formats:

– A live, online broadcast of actors who are performing in another city.
– A pre-recorded video.
– A live performance on stage.

For the first edition of InterTeatro, eight texts were selected from four authors from different generations that represent a wide panorama of styles and ways of understanding the process and purpose of playwriting. The plays are:

THE COLLECTORS by Ignacio García May
R.I.P.me by Íñigo Ramírez de Haro
BLACK AGAINST WHITE by Íñigo Ramírez de Haro
HUMANITY IS UGLY by Íñigo Ramírez de Haro
WITHOUT A MOTIVE by Pablo Iglesias Simón
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Pablo Iglesias Simón
RONENSBOURGH by Beatriz Cabur
THE CHEF by Beatriz Cabur

InterTeatro is a project comprised of 46 people. We would like to highlight the job of film director Alex Rios who works alongside Beatriz Cabur researching and experimenting multiple new combinations of media in order to create ground-breaking shows.

The first edition of InterTeatro was performed on February 21st, February 28th and March 7th at the theatre of the Cervantes Institute in Milan and it was a great success, the audience that came to the first shows on February 28th were back the other two days of performances and they loved the whole series!

The Chef

The Chef

The Chef

In 2013 I wrote and directed ‘The Chef‘.

The Chef is auditioning for an opportunity to have his own cooking show on TV. It is up to one audience member to decide whether he passes the test. The Chef must accomplish an impossible task: in less than ten minutes, he must make the audience member taste their favourite meal, all the while being in different cities.

Title: The Chef / Playwright and Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actor: Pablo Lagartos / Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Programme Manager: Mirko Grewing /

Another production of The Chef by Beatriz Cabur has been performed by Toma Danila and directed by Ana Margineanu in New York and Edinburgh.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

In 2013 I directed ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass‘ (Alicia frente al espejo).

Alice is a housewife who spends hours alone; cooking, cleaning, watching TV. Her husband works all day and when he can, escapes to the bar to watch football and drink. Two sides of the same reality, full of resentment, collide one day.

Title: Alice Through the Looking Glass / Original Title: Alicia frente al espejo / Playwright: Pablo Iglesias Simón / Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actors:Carmen Cuello / Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Assistant Directors: Isabel Morilla y Eva Aznar / Programme Management:Mirko Grewing / Italian premiere date: March 7th, 2013.

Without a Motive

Without a Motive

Without a Motive

In 2013 I directed ‘Without a Motive‘ (Sin móvil aparente) by Pablo Iglesias Simón.

Crouched on the other side of the road, watching the scene, looking for the right time to carry out his plan. Nobody sees him, nobody notices him, but this situation will end soon because he has the power to give life or take it.

Title: Without a Motive / Original Title: Sin móvil aparente / Playwright: Pablo Iglesias Simón / Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actors: Pablo Lagartos /Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Assistant Directors: Isabel Morilla y Eva Aznar / Programme Management: Mirko Grewing / Italian premiere date: March 7th, 2013.

Humanity is Ugly

Humanity is Ugly

Humanity is Ugly

In 2013 I directed ‘Humanity is Ugly‘ (La humanidad es fea) by Íñigo Ramírez de Haro.

The Intensive Care Unit. A comedy about four people with terminal diseases discussing who will die first. What begins as a mournful dialogue about each of their illnesses gradually becomes a hilarious competition to be the first to die.

Title: Humanity is Ugly / Original Title: La humanidad es fea / Playwright: Íñigo Ramírez de Haro / Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actors: Maribel Lafuente, Rosa Aguerri, Marta Pérez-Arcos, Pilar Ramos y Carmen Muro. / Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Assistant Directors: Isabel Morilla y Carmen Muro / Programme Manager: Mirko Grewing / Technical Support: Fundación Dédalo, Mario Berdonces / Italian premiere date: March 7th, 2013.

RIP Me

RIP Me

In 2013 I directed ‘RIPme‘ (RIPyo) by Íñigo Ramírez de Haro.

Toñita is alone, facing her emptiness. A final step and her body will float in the air just for a moment before crashing to the ground. One small step and it will all end. Everything. She takes a breath, then releases it, as if this last exhalation was the preamble to her final release. When she is about to take the last step, someone grabs her by the arm. It is her mother. They talk about the reasons why Toñita does it and which of the two will jump first…

Title: RIPme / Original Title: RIPyo / Playwright: Íñigo Ramírez de Haro /Director: Beatriz Cabur / Actors: María José Doiz y Ariane Berrozpide /Video Designer: Alex Ríos / Assistant Directors: Isabel Morilla & Carmen Muro / Programme Management: Mirko Grewing / Italian premiere date: February 28th, 2013.

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