In 1994 Ricardo Iniesta began working on an old project: create an international centre dedicated to theatrical investigation and training, which he named: TNT- Territorio de Nuevos Tiempos.
TNT would be the origin of the new permanent team of Atalaya, which continued with the intensive work of the first stage, but constantly improved and recycled this through the prestigious international tutors who would visit the centre. At the same time they kept in permanent contact with new actors who each year would take part in
the Laboratorio Internacional.
TNT was formed at the request of Atalaya, but is independent, and open to all creators who believe that theatre is an art form, resulting from a continuous process of investigation.
TNT, being a centre of production, has up until now created six shows. In all of these the group of actors came from the workshops undertaken during the Laboratorio. With the Mediterranean Theatrical Institute they co-produced Almasul by Antonio Onetti in 2001. These shows have toured various countries around America, Europe and Africa, as well as most Spanish provinces.
During the last few years seventy tutors from 20 countries have passed through the doors of the International Laboratory of TNT, many well-known specialists from diverse theatres, from the Opera of Pekin and the Teatro Nô from Japan, to la Santería cubana or the Brazilian Candomble, via the Biomecánica of Meyerhold or the Teatro Isabelino by Shakeaspeare.
Worthy of a mention was the presence in 2000 of Odin Teatret (for the first time in Andalusia) performing Mythos and Itsi-Bitsi, as well as the shows by Teatro Kathakali, Danza balinesa, Ópera de Pekín, Comedia del Arte and Teatro Nô or those carried out by European tutors such as Leo Bassi (for the first time in Seville), Esperanza Abad, Genadi Bogdanov, and Etelvino Vázquez.
In 2003 Atalaya and TNT took part in a European Union programme called the International Theatre Laboratory for Cultural Innovators, the only Spanish group to do so, alongside other prestigious names such as Odin Teatret in Denmark and Theatre du Soleil (Arianne Mnouchkine) amongst others. Thanks to this programme and to other offices ISTA– International University of Theatrical Anthropology – was organised for the first time in Spain, in October of 2004 it celebrated its XII session in Seville and La Rinconada, with the participation of 200 people from all over the world and 40 international tutors.
For the actors in Atalaya there has always existed three common objectives: daily training, searching and constant experimentation of the emotions of the spectator – creativity – and the obligation to a piece of work and the philosophy of the group – the ethical.
The path we have chosen is no better or worse than any other artistic team, what we do know is that – as once said one of our most loved maestros, Esteve Graset (1952-96) reciting the words from Ulises- “no importa cuánto tardes en llegar, no importa el final, importa el viaje”. (It
doesn´t matter how long long it takes to get there, the end doesn´t matter, it´s how you got there that counts).
In 2005 TNT celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Alongside Atalaya they will take part in the programme Laboratorios teatrales como Innovadores culturales until 2007 with four other European centres of prestige: Odin Teatret (Denmark), Theatre du Soleil (France), Grotowski Center (Polond) and TTB (Italy). In the 2007-2012 edition, new centres for theatrical investigation will take part in the programme: Teatro Potlach (Italy), Theaterlabor (Germany) and CPR (Wales).
TNT. When dreams become reality…
In 2010 TNT had its 15th anniversary. It began as the Centre for Theatrical Investigation which set up the Laboratorio Internacional (International Laboratory), in which over 90 directors and theatrrical experts have imparted their wisdom in workshops and classes spanning all traditions and genres of worldwide theatre. The actors that paticipated in the Laboratorio later formed theatre companies and dramatic centres across Spain and around 50 of them joined the casts
of the 10 productions staged by TNT.
2008 was a very important year because of the inauguration of the new International Centre for Theatrical Investigation and for the Premio Nacional de Teatro (National Prize for Theatre) which, jointly with Atalaya, was awarded to TNT for “the creation of a unique and original space for exhibition, production, training and reflection on theatre, the result of a long and successful history.”
The first project undertaken by the new centre was the Proyecto Imarginario, which developed workshops with marginalised groups of society with the aim of putting on performances. The most fitting way to celebrate the 15 year history of TNT has been the premiere of La casa de Bernarda Alba, performed by eight women of gypsy heritage who were all illiterate and living in el Vacie, the oldest shanty settlement in Europe. Theatrical investigation and social inclusion have been the two central axes around which the project has gravitated. This has awoken an unusual media expectation, the artistic result of which has received the highest praise possible from the poet´s niece and president of the García Lorca Foundation, the critics, the theatrical profession and each and every member of the audience of thousands that it has been performed to. Staging this play has been the best way possible of commomorating the 15 years of TNT. Created at the request of Atalaya it now holds the aforementioned company in residence.
The centre occupies a plot of 2,500 m2 in the northern district of Seville, awarded by the council. It consists of a theatre – the largest private theatre in Andalusia, with a forum for 300 spectators, a room for 120 and and patio capabe of holding 400 as well as classrooms, a library, exposition hall, warehouses, workshops, dressing rooms and offices. Every Autumn TNT organises MITIN – International Display of Theatrical Investigation, which during its first two years hosted 25 theatre companies from Europe, Asia and South America. In 2009 the first CENIT (Competition for New Theatrical Investigators) was held with over 50 theatre groups from both Spain and other European countries applying to enter. During its first season TNT has hosted nearly 100 performances of theatre, music, dance, flamenco, circus and puppet shows.
On the 11th of May the very first premiere of Antonio Alamao´s version of “A Midsummer Night´s Dream” by William Shakespeare took place. This production is directed by Pepa Gamboa and performed by youths at risk of social exclusion. The audience, largely made up of the Sevillian theatre scene, politicians involved in social development and culture, and residents of the nearby El Vacie and Poligono Sur neighbourhoods, gave the cast a lengthy standing ovation.
The play contains key influences from flamenco and the dramaturgy of Antonio Alamo. The performance will return to TNT in the Autumn. On the 24th of June they performed at the LIPA in Liverpool (of which Paul Macartney is a patron) where they joined the different interpretations of the same text as done by the LIPA group themselves and the Comuna de Crotone from Italy. All of these productions are performed by young English and Italian people at risk of social exclusión which represents the culmination of the MOVING project which, in Spain, was organised by the Consejería de Igualdad y
Bienester Social de la Junta de Andalucía.
6 of the cast are young people of gypsy origin aged between 14 and 18 years old. Alongside them is Marga Reyes, Atalaya veteran who played the role of Poncia in “Bernarda del Vacie”, returning in the role of Titania and the Sevillian actor Juanlu Corrientes who plays Oberon.
The flamenco artists Juan Carlos Romero, Angel Ridao and Marco de Ana also played an instructive role, as did Angel Ridao – another excellent Atalaya actor who assumed the role of assistant director. Jesús, Mercedes, Jordi y Clemente come from Poligono Sur (one of the most dangerous and marginalised areas of the city) and Débora and Rocío from El Vacie (the oldest shanty settlement in Europe, where the cast of Bernarda Alba also hail from). This production represents a return to the Imaginary Theatre Project that TNT initiated upon opening the International Centre for Investigative Theatre and which provided the proof that other ways of interpreting theatre are possible. The play will be performed this Auntumn alongside other events at the Festival Madrid-Sur on the 22nd of October, and will return to Seville as part of MITIN on the 12th of November.
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ATALAYA has functioned as an experimental theatre group since its creation in 1983. Its travels span over 420 cities in more than 30 countries over 5 continents. The current theatre troupe at Atalaya has been awarded:
PREMIO MEJOR ESPECTÁCULO DE TEATRO DE LA TEMPORADA. TEATRO
DE ROJAS DE TOLEDO 2010
PREMIO FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CAZORLA. 2010
PREMIO ESCENARIOS DE SEVILLA AL MEJOR ACTOR. 2010
PREMIO ESCENARIOS DE SEVILLA AL MEJOR ESPECTACULO.2010
PREMIO MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE RIBADAVIA 2009
PREMIO ARTES ESCENICAS. Delegación Provincial de la Junta de Andalucia 2009
PREMIO CIUDAD DE UBEDA 2009
PREMIO NACIONAL DE TEATRO 2008
PREMIO GAUDI (ADE) A LA MEJOR ESCENOGRAFIA 2008
PREMIO A LA TRAYECTORIA. DIPUTACION PROVINCIAL DE SEVILLA 2008
PREMIO MEJOR ESPECTÁCULO INTERNACIONAL PUERTO MONTT (Chile) 2007
PREMIO EL PÚBLICO A LAS ARTES ESCÉNICAS 2006
PREMIO MEJOR ESPECTÁCULO ANDALUZ 2005
PREMIO MEJOR DIRECTOR ANDALUZ 2005
PREMIOS MEJOR ESPACIO SONORO FERIA DEL SUR 2005
PREMIO MEJOR VESTUARIO EN LA FERIA DEL SUR 2005
PREMIO DEL JURADO AL MEJOR ESPECTÁCULO EN LA FERIA INTERNACIONAL DE ARAGON 2004
PREMIO DEL PUBLICO AL MEJOR ESPECTÁCULO DE LA FERIA INTERNACIONAL DE ARAGON 2004
PREMIO MUESTRA NACIONAL DE PALENCIA 2002
PREMIO FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE EL CAIRO 2001
PREMIO ESCENA 2000
Nº 1 EN EL “RANKING” DE LA CRITICA DE BARCELONA (Marzo 99)
PREMIO NACIONAL ERCILLA 98
PREMIO MEJOR PUESTA EN ESCENA ANDALUZA 98
PREMIO MEJOR ESPECTACULO ANDALUZ 96
ATALAYA is the second most highly valued private theatre company that receives funding from the INAEM (National Institute for Dramatic Arts and Music) – part of the Department of Culture. In 2008 it opened the Centro
Internacional de Investigación TNT (International Research Centre) in Seville (with the support of the Council, Department of Culture and Autonomous Government of Andalusia) which consists of the largest private theatre in Andalusia, an alternative room, classrooms, a library and other facilities. The Government of Andalusia published the book
“Atalaya, XXV years looking for utopias” to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the company´s founding and in 2008 it received the Premio Nacional de Teatro (National Prize for Theatre) – the most prestigious award in Spain and the first time since its creation in 1956 that it was given to a theatre outside of Madrid or Barcelona.
“Despertamos” (Wake up)
Inspired by the 15M movement, “wake up” searches through personal stories the causes that have led to the current crisis. Four characters stuck in the drama of unemployment, domestic violence, illegal immigration and abuse of power.
As a desperate race to the bottom, the characters are driven by complex circumstances, to the limits of their strength and understanding.
Through choreography and songs of protest, the act proposes the break and change of a society that is no longer working.
“Wake Up”, is an act which portrays the reality we are living in at the moment. Questions often unasnswered. How do we escape the hardship of poverty? Are we able to speak out without fear? From despair to hope, and to fight, perhaps, for a better way of life.
Script and playwriting María Cabrera y Juana Casado
With Joaquín Galán, Jonas Fröberg, Beatriz Ortega y Guillermo Leal.
Choreography Juana Casado y Victoria Alarik
Scenery Sergio Bellido
Technical Coordination Alejandro Conesa
Sound Emilio Morales
Communication Patricia Aguilera y Javier Prieto
Production executive: Rocío de los Reyes
Distribution Masé Moreno
Production secretary Elena Gordillo
Songs and Chorus Esperanza Abad
Dramaturgy Director and Scenic Assistance Pepa Gamboa
Musical Director Luis Navarro
Director Juana Casado
TNT’s director Ricardo Iniesta