The 7th CENIT took place throughout this past week in TNT Center in Sevilla –Competition of new theatrical researchers– organized by CICUS and TNT itself. In this edition, the number of participants has largely increased reaching 125 theatre companies registered, from 12 countries and 10 counties. The very selection of the finalists announces that diversity: the performances are produced or co-produced in four countries and three different counties.
We can notice the increasing of artistic quality of the shows, at the same time as the increasing of the number of it. Consequently, this year’s winner of Best Performance Award can be considered as the most qualitative one of all editions. “Altazor” is a journey into the world of Vicente Huidobro, a vindication of poetry through the work of the Chilean writer, from his poem “Altazor, or a Voyage in a Parachute”.
“ALTAZOR”. Cie LABORATORIO TEATRO (Barcelona/Chile)
Teatro Laboratorio is an international group (Chile, Argentina, Mexico, France and Spain) based in Barcelona where it owns its theater. The manager and founder Jessica Walker is co-founder of the legendary French Chilean Teatro del Silencio group (Theater of Silence). The jury also wanted to reward an actress of the group as Best performer: this is the Catalan Julia Rabadan for her monologue that made the audience shudder. Finally, this edition brought out the increase for attendance of audience and of number of subscribers during the whole competition.
Synopsis: “Altazor” is a play inspired by the work “Altazor, or a Voyage in a Parachute”, a poem in seven-canto written by the Chilean, Vicente Huidobro. Actors use the poet’s verses as a springboard to leap into existence, to wonder why everything, to strip body and soul and let themselves fall into the original uncertainty of human being.
“I don’t seek the actor’s projection on stage, I seek his soul. Only in this way will I see his beauty.” (Jessica Walker)