Live performances would have been the natural culmination of the second edition of the Festival de Teatro Escolar de Lanzarote, an initiative promoted by the area of Culture of the Cabildo of Lanzarote and the company Cuerpo Teatro, who have agreed on this  solution to the closure of scenic spaces This meant teachers and students were able to celebrate the closing ceremony via a digital alternative.

The closing ceremony, including performances, was screened live on-line on Monday, May 25th and included Primary, ESO and Baccalaureate schools have participated from different parts of the island

Faced with the impossibility of performing theatrical performances, students and teachers have produced from home videos in which they explain the arguments and stories they had developed, interpret fragments of the work, describe the process of creative that they have followed or display the homemade sets they have created. And all this can be enjoyed from this Monday, May 25, and until next June 25, on the website of the Festival de Teatro Escolar de Lanzarote.

The videos include  220 people, among them both teachers and students, belonging to the 10 schools that this year were enrolled in this 2nd edition of the Festival, among which are students of unitary schools, 1st, 3rd and 6th in Primary, 1st, 2nd and 4th esote and 1st Baccalaureate.

The School Theatre Festival of Lanzarote is offered to all educational institutions of the island, at the beginning of the academic year, through Mesa de Vice-Directors of Primary and the Bureau of Vice Principals of Secondary who co-ordinates the area of Education of the Cabildo of Lanzarote.

The peculiarity of this situation, and the fact that teachers and students were locked in the house, saw their families also become involved in the elaboration of the videos, and that support has been greatly appreciated and valued by Culture Lanzarote and by Cuerpo Teatro.

“Students and their tutors have adapted to the situation. They have not been able to make the plays that all of them had planned, but they have made a titanic effort and have given their best to offer us another product in return. They should be proud,” said Lanzarote’s Cabildo Culture Advisor Alberto Aguiar.

Siscu Ruz, festival co-Ordinator

For his part, Siscu Ruz, director of Teatro Corps and coordinator of the Festival, has also had words of praise for the more than 200 people involved in the project. “From home, everyone has put the best effort into continuing to work and offer, even in a different, different format, a product that was entertaining and of interest,” said Ruz. “In addition, the fact that it necessarily took place inside the houses has caused the families to join the creative process, so the number of people involved has been much higher than the 220 initially planned between teachers and students,” added the Festival coordinator.

The videos that can be viewed on the website of the Festival de Teatro Escolar de Lanzarote from Monday 25 correspond to the assembly processes of 

The screenings represent a cultural, artistic and educational meeting, of a non-competitive nature, where students from all schools are for several days protagonists, references and agitators of the culture and performing arts on the island.

It is, says the combined voice of Cuerpo Teatro and Culture Lanzarote, joint facilitators of the event, ´a festival made by and for schoolchildren, where the theatrical act becomes a cry and a living exhibition of their concerns, fears, illusions, dreams… and in short, a latent action of its reality”,

It was in November 2019 that the theatrical advice course for teachers was held with twenty people from the field of education receiving a comprehensive 20-hour training, including from content of collective creation and more technical aspects such as lighting or scenic space

The course identified the tools needed to make a theatrical montage whilst working with the students through their search for what they will eventually take to be stage. The students worked from spontaneous creation, body expression, moving images and voice to deliver the main objective of the Festival by creating stage montages that reflect their listening to te reality, concerns and motivations, of students and teachers alike.

students on a theatre visit

This training was complemented by a visit to the Víctor Fernández Gopar Theater to put into practice as a performance group everything they had learned and they also attended the thearte as an audience to enjoy the show “Arturo y Clementina”, by the company Titiritrán Teatro, which was performed on November 14, 2019 organized by Cultura Lanzarote.

From the end of the course to the day of the premiere, teachers from the ten selected centres receive personal and individualized advice to address any doubts arising during the creative process.

Subsequently, between 10 and 13 February 2020, guided tours were made to the Teatro Víctor Fernández Gopar, on an occasion when the students involved in the Festival could enjoy the exclusivity of the facilities to discover all the ins and outs of a theatrical building: The patio of armchairs, the stage box, the dressing room, the lighting Etc.

students rehearse on stage

Everybody concerned in the Festival has met, head on, a series of major obstacles that Cornoavirus and lockdown had inflicted not only upon them but on all the professionals in their field. It is a major credit to all concerned that their studies have not been in vain and that there is now a permanent legacy of all they learned and achieved.

For more information, check out the web for Festival de Teatro Escolar de Lanzarote or at  Cultura Lanzarote.

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