Prior to the pandemic, Alejandra Zambrini and Myriam Cubelos were concerned with the idea of creating a show that combines theater and songs, for this they called Ofelia Castillo who would be in charge of the direction of a project that had as many changes as suspensions, since In the midst of the isolation by the covid-19 these three artists from Rosario shuffled between meetings by zoom, a few others in person and others by telephone, while they were developing the idea.
In the beginning, they hoped to create a show with writers, musicians and historians of the province, of the region, those whose contribution to Argentine culture or history has been silenced. As the meetings went by, each one remembered and shared experiences of their grandmothers or mothers, those who came from the countryside to the big city, being girls or adolescents, to work in a house, and learning to read and write by the nights, when he had finished his day. Women with dull or unknown dreams, but who, within their limited possibilities, showed that they sought to improve, grow and move on. It was thus that Zambrini, Cubelos and Castillo decided that those were going to be the main stories of Immortals: women singing around a table, show that will premiere this Friday at the Municipal Theater La Comedia.
Cecilia Abecasis (piano, choirs and musical direction), Mariam Cribb (strings and choirs), Camila Montenegro (strings and choirs), Débora Abecasis (winds and choirs) and Lucía De Croce (percussion and choirs) are also part of this show, which has the scenography by Cristian Piero Arsanto, the lighting by Diego Quilici and the costumes by Ramiro Sorrequieta.
Ofelia Castillo commented to The citizen that her mission as director was to “create a fabric between songs and songs, some classics, others original like the one Sandra Corizzo did,« Triunfales », for the show’s closing video, or« Del pañuelo », a beautiful song by Marco Kofman, or in “Taresfera” by Agustín Cassenove that talks about the women who, along with their children, were exploited in the terefas, where yerba mate was harvested ”.
“We ended up choosing those small stories, our own, which are ours and belong to everyone, because there is a generation marked by silence and lack of opportunities, so we worked on it a year and a half ago and finally we will be able to show the work to the public ”, added the actress and director.
In turn, although Castillo, Zambrini and Cubelos are mothers of women, Castillo assured that “they, the youngest, are the ones who fight for us.” And he recalled: “At one point, Alejandra said:« What did these women do, it seems that they did nothing but, in turn, they did so much? ” And he is right. Because our great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers were the seed, the little whispered voice that later we and our daughters are encouraged to lift up today in the street ”.
Among the stories that may be known is that of Zambrini’s grandmother who lived in the countryside, had not finished primary school and learned to read and write when her daughters went to school. “My mother also has a similar story,” Castillo added, “because she, the oldest, had to leave school to take care of her sisters in her town, Bustinza. At the age of 13 or 14, she came to Rosario to work as a nanny and a maid, and her employer, at the end of the day, gave her homework to learn to read and write, and my mother did it during the night ”.
And he added: “While I was studying, I always took out my spelling doubts with her, she had perfect handwriting. Just when I grew up I appreciated her determination to want to be better and I never knew what her dreams were, but from what I lived, I think she would have liked to be a teacher. Also, I have a teenage daughter and I can’t imagine that she, at this moment, goes to a big city alone, they were other times, another life ”. He also pointed out that Myriam Cubelos’s grandmother “came as a child alone on a boat, her godmother was waiting for her. Can you imagine sending a little girl, about ten years old, I think, on a ship to another country? “
On the other hand, the artists will literally gather around a table, as grandmothers and mothers did. “Always in my parents’ house the table was the place for all meetings, discussions, games, mates or tea with cakes. In fact, that table my parents used was before my grandmother and today it’s the one I have at home, I love it. But there were countless gatherings of friends, for example, playing chinchón, confessing secrets, getting angry and coming back a long time later; that table has a lot of history, ”Castillo said.
It should be noted that Immortal it was conceived in “the other reality” and today its argument is more topical than ever. “In this time when the ways of meeting and gaining visibility for women are changing the world, and in this time of so much estrangement and difficulty in finding ourselves, this project has been our way of resisting and seeking a voice,” Castillo concluded. .
Immortals: women singing around a table It will have its premiere this Friday, at 9 pm, at the La Comedia theater, by Miter and Cortada Ricardone. General tickets, at 500 pesos, can be obtained through the system 100tickets or at the theater box office at their usual hours. The function will be carried out within the framework of current protocols that, among others, involve the permanent use of chinstraps and reduced capacity.