Would Celso Giménez's life have been different if he had heard other stories as a child and had descended from a different lineage? The playwright and writer asks himself this question in a story that has much to do with his family. We met him collaborating with La Veronal (where Marcos Morau served as set and costume designer) and El Conde de Torrefiel, but particularly in productions such as CINE (Grec 2017), Future Lovers (Grec 2019) and Renacimiento (2020), with Itsaso Arana and Violeta Gil, the other two members of the stage collective La tristura. Now, the author explores the weight of heredity. He does this alone, although he uses methods that, as in his works with La tristura, refer to our most immediate history. On stage, there are three young women who laugh, dance and have a story to tell. Is it a fantastic story that seems real, or is it perhaps a story so real that it seems fantastic? Intimacy and poetry become political in a story about war and a man - the grandfather of these zombie girls - who experienced an incident one night in a forest that changed his life. Who really died in the forest? After so many years, who could know? If they manage to unravel this story, this enigma of time, will they also understand something about themselves? They say that the first generation to suffer trauma doesn’t talk about what happened; they need to lock it in. Neither does the second; they've lived too closely with their parent’s shock. It is the third, youngest generation that can delve into the memory of their elders. It is also the last generation that can do so, because the next one will already be too distant from the event. We are the third generation of zombie girls, says the author. He invites us into this story, into this night, to try to unravel who we are and how we got here.
Co-produced by Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Conde Duque, Grec 2023 Festival de Barcelona, Grand Theatre de Groningen, Noorderzon Festival, MA Scène Nationale de Montbéliard, Auditorio de Tenerife and La tristura.
Recommended for audiences aged 14 years and over.
Created by: Celso Giménez. On stage: Natalia Fernandes, Teresa Garzón, Belén Martí Lluch. Technical management: Roberto Baldinelli. Assistant direcor Prado. Video and props: Albert Coma. Sound space: Adolfo García. Production: Ana Botía, Alicia Calôt, Elena Barrera. Set: David Pascual. Set construction:Ou. Furnitures construction: Mundo Prieto. Narrator: Celso Giménez. Telephone voice: Nacho Sánchez. Distribution and communication: Art Republic (Iva Horvat, Élise Garriga). Press office: Paloma Fidalgo. Photography and graphic design: Mario Zamora. Accomplices: Itsaso Arana, Violeta Gil. Aknowledgements: Mamen Adeva, Laia Ateca, Tanya Beyeler, Xavier Bobés, Max Brooks, Sergi Casero, Gabi Careto, Andrea Chapela, Olivia Delcán, Manuel Egozkue, Patricia Ferro, Tony Gallego, José Giménez, Pablo Gisbert, Marjan Gjorsheski, Elena Gómez, Aurora García, André Pronk, Pucho, Rafa Rodríguez, Nuria Román, Jorge Sevillano, Elif Shafak, Sara Toledo, Carlota Wilmshurst, Arian Yahyaee Ignataki, María Jesús Zamora, Miguel Ángel Villanueva adn Covadonga Villanueva.