Microtheater of own creation. Arantxa and Mari are two friends from Soraluze (Basque Country) who, in the middle of adolescence, are separated due to the Spanish Civil War, Mari has to leave the country with her family, and travel to Mexico.
The communication they maintain is slow and difficult, and it is not until 80 years later, that they manage to get together to confess so many things that they kept quiet in their day.
A story where emotions of sadness, anger and joy are mixed, but above all, a lot of love, that despite the melancholy and the remorse, will end up finding that way towards reconciliation.
In February 2017, as part of the acting training course, I had the assignment of preparing a microtheater play with a colleague, Nerea Mendia. It had to be a challenge, and in March we made the first proposal. Being about 80 years old, that was our challenge, and it meant a great effort, since we had to find a voice, a way to walk, a posture, and even a different way to think.
We decided to create a story from our own real events, something that really mattered to us, to take some adventure or anecdote from our grandparents, from our places of origin. Nerea is from Soraluze, in the Basque Country, and I’m from San Luis Potosí, Mexico. We began to search and discovered that during the Spanish Civil War, there were three migratory movements to Mexico. We were immediately hooked on the idea of talking about the subject. We used historical information to unite our roots and began to develop the characters. We imagined how many couples may have necessarily been separated by this situation, even more the secret ones, the “impossible” ones, the rejected ones. We got to the story of a couple of women in love, who were secretly seeing each other every week and that as a result of the war, they had to break apart, continue with their lives and then finally meet again 70 years later.
We also developed a song that was musicalized by Guillermo Gerling and Daniel Sánchez and that brought an extra touch of emotivity to our performance. The microtheater was presented in June 2017, at Microdegustación Teatral Casa Gràcia, Barcelona. A space that allowed us to recreate the habitat of these women and offer an interpretation that did not leave anyone indifferent. Now presenting at Microdegustación Teatral Hotel Chic&Basic Lemon, C/Pelai 6, Metro Universitat, Barcelona.