Els Joglars, one of the theater companies linked from its early years to the San Javier Festival, returns in this 50th edition with its latest montage "Señor Ruiseñor", a scathing critic of "procés" with the versatile Catalan artist Santiago Rusiñol as the protagonist and counterpoint.
The work, written by Ramón Fontseré with the collaboration of Dolors Tuneu and Alberto Castrillo-Ferrer, recovers the figure of Rusiñol (1861-1931) as a reference for a longed-for civic, cosmopolitan, cultured and open to the world Catalonia.
"Rusiñol represents a world and a spirit that has not been replaced. The sensuality, beauty and joyful life that he embodied has disappeared. We want to confront that Catalonia of Rusiñol with that of now and claim art as a universal homeland against the homelands identities, "says Fontseré who also directs the assembly.
Satire, humor, and irony are present in the fierce criticism that the veteran Catalan company makes about the situation that the independence process has generated in Catalonia.
For this they use the figure of a gardener who, because of his rheumatism, is relocated to the Rusiñol Museum where he becomes the artist himself as a guide for the theatrical visits.
In love with the figure of Rusiñol, the gardener will face the authorities when they decide to transform the Rusiñol Museum into a Museum of Catalan Identity.
For Ramón Fontseré "the wisdom and rationality that Rusiñol represented has disappeared" and considers that "the most worrying thing is that institutions and politicians do not realize the fanaticism and delirium they have led to citizenship".
The intelligent humor and satirical mastery of Els Joglars, who in 1995 dared with the then president of the Generalitat, Jordi Pujol, in "Ubú President", will not leave a puppet with a head with constant references to the present in this 90-minute piece which takes the name "Mr. Nightingale" of the last years of the Catalan painter, a great lover of the gardens, when his neighbors in Aranjuez, where he died, they changed the Rusiñol to Nightingale.
Ramón Fontseré, who replaced Albert Boadella in 2012 at the head of the Catalan company founded in 1962, is also part of the cast with Juan Pablo Mazorra, Rubén Romero, Pilar Sáenz, Dolors Tuneu and Xevi VilÃ .
Anna Tusell has designed the set design that consists of a central inclined oval on which all the scenes are developed, illuminated by Bernat JansÃ .
The costumes of Pilar Sáenz, the music of David Angulo and the audiovisual projections of Manuel Vicente, complete the artistic and technical sheet of the assembly.
"With Mr. Nightingale we want to reflect on the destruction of some concepts of free life, which have not been replaced at present."
as they called the Catalan artist, Santiago Rusiñol in Aranjuez where his days ended.
The painter, sculptor, writer and playwright Santiago Rusiñol focuses the work
Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier