Sep
30
viernes
Conversation · Cómicos de la legua
RAMÓN BAREA & ITZIAR LAZKANO, in conversation with PEDRO BAREA
RAMÓN BAREA & ITZIAR LAZKANO, in conversation with PEDRO BAREA

Bilbao in the 1970s was a theatrical wasteland. Until a group of talented young people, eager to change the world, decided to gather and stir up several neighbourhood groups and social movements to make theatre a fun, famous and protest-oriented festival. As a result, the first independent Basque theatre group, Cómicos de la legua, was founded by Ramón Barea , among others. Names such as names such as Bernardo Atxaga, Fernando Savater, Juan Carlos Eguillor, Álex Angulo took part here. Also Joseba Sarrionandia, who wrote a bizarrely surreal Olentzero that Cómicos de la legua performed one Christmas Eve to the amazement of the children who came to see it. As for Itziar Lazkano, she has travelled all the uncertain paths that a comedian, in her case an excellent actress, has to take in order to resist and grow in this beautiful profession. Pedro Barea, Ramón’s brother and a connoisseur of the history of Basque theatre, is the perfect moderator for this dialogue. Today, Ramón Barea and Itziar Lazkano devote themselves to theatre, often together. In 2021, they shared the stage in the theatrical version of Fernando Fernán Gómez’s play ‘El viaje a ninguna parte’, a tribute to the comic profession. A trip to nowhere that, in the words of Barea, director of the play as well as performer, «has become a metaphor for this art form within the theatre, which is reborn in every performance, wherever it is performed, and which is unique and unrepeatable». And he continues: «These things can only be understood if they are experienced. That’s why we invite the spectator on this journey. A journey we will continue, but you can get off whenever you like. It’s just theatre, even though… it contains poison; theatre has poison. But, come on, the bus is leaving!»

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