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
I have been very busy these days and have not had the chance to devote a few minutes to the blog, so that I had not linked the recording of María Bastianes’ talk at the conference cycle “La Celestina: Representaciones de un clásico” at the Universidad de Cantabria yet. Here it is for you all to enjoy.
Last Friday, 7th of May 2021, Joseph T. Snow inaugurated the conference cycle “La Celestina: Representaciones de un clásico” at the Aulas de Extensión Universitaria of the Universidad de Cantabria (Spain) with a paper entitled “Un clásico en escena por el mundo”, in which he shared with the in-person and virtual audience his knowledge about the stage adaptations of Celestina. His talk was streamed via Youtube and the recorded version is now available for everyone who, like me, missed the date to watch.
Remember that the conference cycle continues this week with the paper “Referentes pictóricos del teatro: Celestina y compañía” by Natalia Fernández (Universidad de Sevilla), which will take place at the Paraninfo of the Universidad de Cantabria, Sala Fray Antonio de Guevara, tomorrow, Tuesday 11th of May 2021 at 19:30. More information and bookings here (I do not know if it will be streamed AND recorded, as well).
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)
The Real Academia Española has made available through its Youtube channel the recording of the 2014 dramatic reading of selected passages of Celestina in the context of the cycle Cómicos de la Lengua.
The dramatic readings of Cómicos de la lengua were part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Real Academia Española, which took place last 2014. The corresponding recordings are now free to watch for the first time since that year, and Celestina is not the only Spanish classic represented. The full-range of dramatised readings (14) can be found in the playlist Cómicos de la lengua, which includes dramatised readings of the Cantar de mio Cid or the Libro de buen amor, among others.