In 1849, the North American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, known for his dark romantic Gothic stories, published a novel about a woman called Hester Prynne, who was condemned to wear a letter “A” for “adultery” on her dress as a punishment for becoming pregnant by Dimmesdale, the priest in the village where she lived. Those were times when the Law and religion were not that different. Now, well into the 21st century, Angélica Liddell offers us a production based on the novel where ideology takes the place previously occupied by religion and which some have seen as a criticism of feminism. For the author, however, it is more a praise of art’s power to move people, and it also contains the idea of returning beauty to the world of expression, a beauty that has been proscribed in an appalling manner by politics. The author regards ideology as a veritable attack on the world of the spirit. In short, and above any discussion, this is a song to the infinite violence of love and the need for that violence to exist.
A playwright, actress, stage designer and other things besides, Angélica Liddell took her artistic surname from the little girl who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his most famous novel. In reality she was born under the name of Angélica González in Figueres, in 1966, and now she is a woman of the theatre, with one of the most decidedly international careers in Spanish theatre. She founded the Atra Bilis Teatro in 1993 and, among other languages, her works have been translated into French, Russian, English, German, Portuguese and Polish. She has received recognition in the form of the 2012 National Prize for Dramatic Literature in Spain and the Silver Lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. In 2017, she was also nominated as a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters awarded by the French ministry of culture.
A co-production of La Colline - Théâtre National, Teatros del Canal de Madrid, and the Centre Dramatique National Orléans Val de Centre.
In collaboration with the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts.
Text, stage design, costumes and director: Angélica Liddell Inspired by: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Performed by: Pietro Quadrino, Tiago Costa, Julian Isenia, Angélica Liddell, Borja López, Tiago Mansilha, Daniel Matos, Thomas Conor Doherty, Nuno Nolasco, Antonio Pauletta, Antonio L. Pedraza, Sindo Puche Featuring: Valeri Bernat, Thomas Sgarra, Philomène Troullier Lighting design: Jean Huleu Sound and video design: Antonio Navarro Technical coordinator: Tirso Izuzquiza Stage manager: Nicolas Guy Michel Chevallier Lighting assistant: Octavio Gómez Stagehands: Carlos Martínez, José Gil Surtitles: Noucinemart Produced by: Sindo Puche Assistant producers: Borja López, Saite Ye Communication: Génica Montalbano Photography: Bruno Simao
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