A meeting to share the memory and vindicate the mark on history made by María Casares as a pioneer and reference point for 20th-century theatre. With the participation of:
- Pedro Soler. A guitarist who was introduced to flamenco by the Andalusian exiles from his hometown and accompanied María Casares throughout her career. He will give a short recital at the end of the event, where he will perform some of the pieces of his recital with María Casares in Collioure (France) in 1989. His guitar will accompany the actress’s voice in a unique recording brought to this event.
- Anne Plantagenet. Writer and author of the biography L’Unique, Maria Casarès (The Unique Maria Casares). Alba Editorial 2021), dedicated to the Galician actress and based on her love letters with Albert Camus.
- Lluís Pasqual. Theatre director and actor. Founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Teatre Lliure, National Theatre Award. He had the privilege of attending several of María Casares’ performances as a spectator.
- Lola Correa, Artistic Director for Escenas do cambio 2022, will lead the colloquium.
Pedro Soler was born in 1938 in Toulouse, then capital of Republican Spain in exile. Fascinated by the art of flamenco, he was initiated by Andalusian exiles, especially by Granada-born J. M. Rodríguez. Later, the flamenco singer Jacinto Almadén took him to Madrid and appointed him second guitarist in his company Sons Negros. The first guitarist was the famous Pepe de Badajoz, who would become his friend and teacher.
The dancer “La Joselito” took him under her wing and passed on to him the art of accompanying flamenco. After Almadén’s death, Pedro Soler spent many years with the masters Pepe de la Maltrona and Juan Varea. He occasionally accompanied Carmen Amaya, Carmen Albéniz, Enrique Morente, Miguel Vargas, Carmen Linares and Inés Bacán. He also performed numerous solo recitals all over the world. Together with Germaine Montero, María Casares and Anne Alvaro, he created poetry recitals around the works of Lorca and Machado.
More recently, Pedro Soler recorded the albums Barlande (2010) and Al viento (2016), accompanied by the cellist Gaspar Claus, and Serrana (2017) with the flamenco singer Inés Bacán and again Gaspar Claus on the cello.
Anne Plantagenet.- The writer Anne Plantagenet (Joigny, 1972) spent her childhood in the Aube region and then lived in Dijon, London and Seville before settling in Paris. She taught abroad and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. She also runs writing workshops and is a regular lecturer at schools. She is the author of some fifteen books, novels, chronicles, short stories, biographies and some thirty translations from Spanish.
Her texts explore the question of identity, exile, the couple and love. Her latest book, L’Unique, Maria Casarès, dedicated to the Galician actress and based on her love letters with Albert Camus, was published in Spain by Alba Editorial, translated by Juan Vivanco.
Lluís Pasqual.- Lluís Pasqual (Reus, 1951) began directing in 1968 with Arnold Wesker’s Roots. He was one of the founders of the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona and was in charge of its direction from 1998 to 2000 and from 2011 to 2018. Throughout his career, he has been director of the Centro Dramático Nacional, of the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris, responsible for the stage section of the Venice Biennale between 1995 and 1996 and curator of the Ciutat del Teatre project in Barcelona between 1997 and 1999. In 2004, he joined the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao as Artistic Advisor and joined the Soho CaixaBank Theatre project in Malaga.
He has received many awards: the Premio Nacional de Teatro de la Generalitat, the Premio Nacional de Teatro del Ministerio de Cultura, the Premio Ciudad de Barcelona, the Cruz de Sant Jordi from the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has also been named Knight and Officer of Arts and Letters and Knight of the Legion of Honour by the French government. In 2018, he was awarded the Atlántida Prize and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.