Some days ago I stumbled upon a poster of Celestina infernal, an adaptation of Celestina by Teatro Corsario whose principal feature is that it is entirely played by puppets. Although this concept is not totally new (I am thinking of Carolina Calema’s or Bambalina Teatre Practicable’s versions), the aesthetics absolutely are, as Teatro Corsario’s puppets are darker, somehow more grotesque and definitely more sexual. One further original aspect is that puppeteers are not on stage, so that Celestina infernal is a marionette-only show.
Until the end of 2021, Celestina infernal will be running in different Spanish and Portuguese cities:
26/08/2021: Ciudad Rodrigo, Sala Tierra 12:30 and 17:30 (Feria de Teatro de Castilla y León)
14/09/2021: Zaragoza, Teatro de las Esquinas, 19:30 (Festival Rayuela)
30/09-03/10/2021: Valladolid, Teatro Calderón, Sala Delibes, 20:00
The dates for the XXIII Festival “Celestina: La España de Rojas” have been confirmed: the festival will be taking place from the 26th to the 29th of August 2021 in La Puebla de Montalbán, as usual. How the festival will be adapted to the COVID-measures still in force in Castilla La-Mancha is not public yet, but everything points to the event taking place in person. In the next days, the official website should provide more detailed information on the programme and the scheduled activities.
In the meantime, you can listen to the one-hour radio adaptation of Celestina broadcasted last Sunday, 15th of August 2021, at the show Un libro, una hora of the Spanish radio station Cadena SER. Available via YouTube and through the major podcast services.
As part of the 17th Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society, which will be taking place the days 12th to 16th of July via Zoom, a whole session on Celestina entitled “Woodcuts of Calisto and Melibea” has been scheduled for Monday, 12th of July, at 17:00 (British time, 18:00 in continental Europe). In it, Ana Milagros Jiménez Ruiz (Universidad de Zaragoza) and Amaranta Saguar García (Universidad Complutense) will be taking about the woodcuts of, respectively, the Tragicomedia and the Comedia.
More concretely, Jiménez Ruiz will be presenting her paper “Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea: a mixed-woodcut testimony”, in which she analyses the woodcuts of the edition Sevilla [but Rome], [Marcello Silber], 1502 [but 1515-1516] from the point of view of the reception of Celestina in Italy.
In turn, Amaranta Saguar García will be reading her paper “The lost woodcut(s) of the Burgos: Fadrique de Basilea, 1499 (but 1500-1501) edition of the Comedia de Calisto y Melibea. A temptative reconstruction”, in which she will show that the hypothesis of the Burgos Comedia missing an unsigned gathering of four leaves at the beginning is not that unlikely if full-page woodcuts like those included in Johannes Grüninger’s 1496 edition of Terence’s Comoediae are taken into account. (Yes, I know that the conference abstract says something completely different but… one thing is where you think research is going to take you and a different thing is where research does in fact take you).
For the next two days, the VI Congreso del Arcipreste de Hita: Congreso-Homenaje a doña Folke Gernert will be taking place on-line. Due to the research preferences of the honoured scholar, the conference will include papers related to the Libro de buen amor, La Lozana andaluza and, what is of greatest interest for his blog, Celestina. Here is a selection of the papers on celestinesque topics:
“La evolución de la representación de Celestina en las ediciones del XVI” by Ana Milagros Jiménez Ruiz (Universidad de Zaragoza), 28th of May 2021, 11:30 (GMT+1).
“Cervantes ante Celestina” by Jorge García López (Universitat de Girona), 28th of May 2021, 12:10 (GMT+1).
“Melibea, mujer lectora: hacia el establecimiento de un censo de lecturas peninsulares en el siglo XV” by Arturo JIménez Moreno (SEMYR), 28th of May 2021, 12:20 (GMT+1).
“Melibea y Lozana: la contracultura de la muerte” by Antonio Rubiales Roldán, 28th of May 2021, 13:30 (GMT+1).
“Mujer y magia en la Celestina: una mirada a partir de los Heterodoxos de Menéndez Pelayo” by María Cristina Pascerini (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), 28th of May 2021, 13:40 (GMT+1).
“El paradigma celestinesco en la escritura esperpéntica de Valle Inclán” by Marcella Trambaioli (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”), 28th of May 2021, 17:00 (GMT+1).
“Paisajes de sonido en Celestina” by Dorothy Sherman Severin (University of Liverpool), 28th of May 2021, 17:10 (GMT+1).
“Celestina y la ‘publicación’ antes de la imprenta” by Georgina Olivetto (Universidad de Buenos Aires), 28th of May 2021, 17:50 (GMT+1).
“Melusina, Celestina, Magelona. O cómo los impresores augburgueses convirtieron Celestina en prosa de ficción” by Amaranta Saguar (Universidad Complutense), 28th of May 2021, 18:50 (GMT+1).
“Compasión: ¿una virtud cuestionada en Celestina y Cárcel de amor?” by Ana Montero (Saint Louis University), 29th of May 2021, 11:00 (GMT+1).
“Evolución y protagonismo del motivo del huerto de la Tragicomedia a Tercera Celestina” by Miguel García Bermejo Giner (Universidad de Salamanca), 29th of May 2021, 12:20 (GMT+1).
A full PDF-version of the programme can be seen here. The Zoom links have been shared via Twitter:
Between Friday, 7th of May, and Tuesday, 1st of June, the conference cycle “La Celestina: representaciones de un clásico” will be taking place at the Universidad de Cantabria as part of the Aula de Letras of its Aulas de Exensión Universitaria.
It is a conference cycle open to everyone, specialists and non-specialists, with a clear focus on the pictorial and the stage adaptations of Celestina. Organised by Laura Mier Pérez (Universidad de Cantabria), sessions will take place via Zoom or on-site, at the campus of the Universidad de Cantabria (Av. de los Castros, s/n; 39005 Santander), depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 measures.
You can see the full programme here, which is formed by the following papers:
7th May 2021, 19:30: “Celestina, un clásico en escena por el mundo” by Joseph Snow (Prof. Em. University of Michingan, author of several studies on Celestina and founder of Celestinesca)
11th May 2021, 19:30: “Referentes pictóricos del teatro: Celestina y compañía” by Natalia Fernández (former Universidad Complutense de Madrid, now Universidad de Sevilla)
18th May 2021:, 19:30 “Celestina: un clásico en escena desde España” by María Bastianes (University of Leeds and author of Vida escénica de “La Celestina” en España: 1909-2019)
25th May 2021, 19:30: “‘Por la mayor parte, por la filosomía es conocida la virtud interior’. La evolución de las representaciones del personaje de Celestina en las ediciones ilustradas de la Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea (ss. XVI-XXI)” by Amaranta Saguar (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and PI of the project “IcoCel: La tradición iconográfica de Celestina: materialidad y recepción de las ediciones ilustradas en la Edad Moderna”)
1st June 2021, 19:30: “La Celestina como provocación” by Emilio de Miguel (Universidad de Salamanca and author of several studies on Celestina)