David Espinosa (Spain)

Muito Barulho por Nada - Much Ado About Nothing

12, 13 and 14 May at 7pm (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
15 May at 4.30pm (Sunday)
Portuguese Premiere

Conception, direction and performer: David Espinosa Direction collaboration: África Navarro Stage design and lighting design: David Espinosa, AiR Sound and music: Santos Martínez, David Espinosa Video: Diego Dorado, David Espinosa Images: Anne Van Heelvort, Diego Dorado, David Espinosa Distribution and executive production: Marta Oliveres, M.O.M.-El Vivero Production: El Local Espacio de Creacion, Festival Clásicos en Alcalá, C.A.E.T. Terrassa Support: Departament de Cultura-Generalitat de Catalunya TechniqueObject theatre Language: Without words For audiences over: +12 Running time: 50 min. 
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Is it possible to play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, The Life of Henry the Fifth, Richard III, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in one show?

David Espinosa and his minions in El Local have tried it in the most arbitrary, gimmicky, artificial, and empty version of the William Shakespeare’s collected works. A delirious visual work that speculates with performance conventions, through figures and objects loaded of adventure, romance, lust, war, tragedy and power. An ironic game of light and shadows with a lot of references to movies, comics, art, and the history of theatre.

This project is a reinterpretation of a previous project that brought about Mi Gran Obra. David Espinosa has set out to create a large scale show, without holding back on costs, developing all the ideas that turned up, however, expensive they were, with unlimited equipment and artists. But obviously with one small detail: everything would be in miniature. The challenge was, on the one hand to achieve a performable work of this size, and what we would do if he really could work under these conditions, and on the other hand to question this megalomaniac creative artistic model which suffers very high budgets, whose real value and contribution to the performing arts can rarely be proven. And this last point is what brings us back to Much ado about nothing.

Because of this “we have chosen the title of one of William Shakespeare’s plays to name the project, the double meaning classic and main concept to develop. We started the project by reviewing some of the plays by he who is considered to be the best playwright of all time: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream... with the crazy challenge of assemble them all together.
Using this Elizabethan text as a starting point, we have ended up making our own version, our own reading, creating scenes, texts and choreographies that are ours, that will be articulated on stage by the real actor and the miniature actors, that in the previous product where the main theme of the set up, in this one they will only play an instrumental part, giving more space and interest to the real action, to the actor who manipulates the objects and executes the representation, seeking that the output contain a balance between irony and poetry, and generate an interest on both planes, both in thought and aesthetics.”

David Espinosa has a bachelor of acting from ESAD Valencia, 1998. Since 1994 he is studying Contemporary Dance, Improvisation in Valencia, Brussels and Barcelona. Performer in different dance and theatre companies: Alex Rigola, Sergi Faustino, Mal Pelo, The Malqueridas, Osmosis cie. (France), Lapsus-Alexis Eupierre, Sonia Gómez / General Elèctrica, Paul Weibel, Carles Alberola, among others.
In 2006 creates with Africa Navarro his own company, El Local Espacio de Creacion. His works have been presented at internationals festivals in Spain, Central and South America, in Moscow, Biennal de Venezia and in many theatres and spaces from the contemporary Spanish scene (Centro Parraga Murcia, la Fundición Bilbao, Manantiales Valencia, Casa Encendida Madrid, Antic Teatre Barcelona, CAS Endanza Sevilla, Circuito de la Red teatros Alternativos…), and at Tate Modern, London Mime Festival, January 2016.