Tuesday 10 May
Thursday 12 May
Brechtian Scenes. Selection of plays presented by Miguel Sáenz and dramatised reading by the actors Ester Bellverand Pedro Casablanc.
In his lecture, Miguel Sáenz will give an in-depth analysis of the German poet, playwright and theatre director, who is not free from complexities and controversies, as he explains: “In Brecht’s biography there are several polemical issues like the influence of his collaborators, his Jewish origin and his membership of the Communist party (…) Some of the most often repeated clichés about Brecht are his Jewish humour and his affiliation with the Communist party. The reality is that Brecht was not Jewish, although his wife, the exceptional actress Helene Weigel, was and although he studied Marxism thoroughly and was a committed Marxist, Brecht never belonged to the Communist party, which at times caused him problems in the German Democratic Republic”. Sáenz will also discuss his training and influences: “Of middle-class origins, his father was Catholic and his mother Protestant (…) and, undoubtedly due to the influence of his maternal grandmother, the most important book of Brecht’s life, according to his own admission, was the Bible. And his clearest influences have always seemed to me to be the cabaret actor Karl Valentin and Charlie Chaplin, Charlot, whom Brecht literally worshipped”.
This series will be held in conjunction with the concert series The Musical Universe of Bertolt Brecht. Both of these activities form part of the project Crear para vivir (Creating for Living), which forms the backbone of the Teatro Real’s programming this trimester, featuring productions of Hans Krása’s Brundibár, Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron and Viktor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis as a reflection of the dimension of art as evasion and rebellion in times of grief and oppression.