Alfredo Sanzol and Asun Noales triumph at the Max Awards in a vindictive gala full of hope

The bar that swallowed up all Spaniards, the celebrated play written and directed by Alfredo Sanzol produced by the National Dramatic Center and which garnered great applause last season, has It has been one of the winners of the delivery gala of the XXIV Max Awards, the most important awards in the performing arts in Spain, held this Monday night at the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao. The public’s support for the assembly of Sanzol, whose success has led the National Dramatic Center (producer of the piece) to replace it as of 15 of September at the Valle-Inclán theater in Madrid, it has been endorsed with three of the jackpots of the list of honors: best theatrical show, best theatrical authorship and best stage space (Alejandro Andújar). The other big winner has been La mort i la donzella , by Asun Noales, which has won another three: best dance show, best choreography and best lighting design.

The XXIV edition of the Max Awards was full of emotion. The two words that have been repeated the most in recent weeks have been illusion and hope. The hope to learn from the experience and forget the uncertainty. The illusion to glimpse better times for culture and return to the professionals of the sector a gratitude that they have deserved so much during the days when the world stood still. The previous edition, held in Malaga, was a thread of optimism in the midst of the storm. In this year, normality has already been glimpsed.

Gemma Cuervo recibe de su hija Cayetana Guillén Cuervo el premio Max de Honor.
Gemma Cuervo receives the Max de Honor award from her daughter Cayetana Guillén Cuervo. Luis Tejido (EFE)

The Arriaga theater, with its more than one hundred years of history, It has been the scene of a gala, directed by the artistic director of the theater, Calixto Bieito, which has also had a protest aspect. Many attendees have worn stickers with the letter X from the red carpet and during the ceremony, in support of the temporary technicians of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, who have been protesting for weeks (with stoppages included) because the call for employment The public that has put out their places to competition does not allow them to present themselves by demanding VET degrees that do not correspond to their trade. Even some of the winners, such as Sanzol and Juanjo Llorens (lighting), have expressed solidarity with them in their thanksgiving speeches. In the stalls were the Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta; the mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, and the Minister of Culture and spokesman for the Basque Government, Bingen Zupiria, among other politicians.

After the actor and singer Asier Etxeandia opened the ceremony singing to the city of the pintxos and the Old Town, the first winners began to get on the tables. Without time to sit in the armchair, the first award, dedicated to the best costume design, went to Deborah Macías for Nise, the tragedy of Inés de Castro. El Teatro Estudio de San Sebastián he won the Max Amateur or Social Award. “Our intention is to be useful. All of our projects have the same objective: to have fun making people think ”, pointed out Manolo Gómez, a founding member of the company. There was also time for the promotion and protection of sexual diversity through the performance of the drag Yogurinha Borova. “Long live diversity and affection,” Borova sang between apple and apple. Life begins today, a musical theater play directed by Tonet Ferrer and featuring musical contributions from Sidonie or Christina Rosevinge, won the Audience Award.

The night progressed between musical performances and arguments in favor of culture and the return of the public to cinemas and theaters, until it reached two of the most revered categories: that of best actor, which Joan Carreras won for Història d’un senglar , and the one for best actress, which was won by Mireia Aixalà for Les tres germanes. The Bilbao writer Bernardo Atxaga was in charge, after a speech with quotes to Blas de Otero, to deliver the prizes for the best dance show and the best theater.

Tribute to Gemma Cuervo

Six decades of performance and the presence in immensity of stages. A Gemma Cuervo took the stage to collect her Max Honor Award with bright eyes and a smile that covered her entire face. His daughter Cayetana Guillén-Cuervo presented him with the award with words of eternal gratitude: “Thank you, Mom, for transmitting to us the power of the transformative word from the stage. Thank you, Mom, for so much effort ”. While tears of emotion and gratitude ran down her cheeks, Cuervo gave the award to her daughter and approached the microphone: “You are making me happy, it is a wonderful day. Crying, but that is something else: it is crying with love and gratitude for finding a thread of goodness. ”

With emotion on the surface, he faced the final stretch of a gala that It also awarded Iván Villar as the best male dance performer for Leira and Iratxe Ansa as the best female dance performer for Naked. The best Directors of the year have been Nao Albet and Marcel Borràs for Robbery, beating and death in Agbanäspach. Fernando Delgado Hierro won the award for revelation authorship for Los Remedios. Marc Artigau, Cristina Genebat, and Julio Manrique, the one with the best adaptation for Les tres germanes. Symfeuny , by Deabru Beltzak, best street show. Laika, from Xirriquiteula Teatre, children’s show. And Kutisdazu Bidea Ixabel , by Demode Produkzioak, Musical Show.

After ten o’clock at night, about thirty children from the Children’s Choir of the Bilbao Choral Society accompanied the actor Asier Etxeandia in his interpretation of the Basque song Baga Biga Higa, that ended the gala.

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