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Helen Keller, a muller marabilla?
Helen Keller, a muller marabilla?
15/02/2024 - 25/02/2024
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After a series of pieces that questioned official narratives through local stories in which collective memory and personal experience intersected (Citizen, Eurozone, Fillas Bravas, Eroski Paraíso, Curva España, N.E.V.E.R.M.O.R.R.E.), this project will question the modus operandi of Chévere, with the aim of continuing to overcome the limits and strategies of documentary theatre practices. It moves away from more or less local narratives and the generational gaze, but maintains its interest in narrating from the spaces of friction between collective memory and official narratives, using the same working methodology and creative tactics that are its own.

It all begins when he discovers a woman, totally unknown to the group, called Helen Keller. Born in Tuscumbia (Alabama), she became a world celebrity by being, according to official sources, the first deaf-blind person to obtain a university degree in 1904 at Harvard, after a hard learning process from the age of eight. At least this is the part of his life that remains in the collective memory, as an example of overcoming disability. And as far as is known, most of his writings end up rescued as simple motivational aphorisms. But researching various American digital archives reveals other disconcerting facets of his life, which are systematically hidden. Most surprisingly, in recent years a campaign has spread on social media claiming that Helen Keller is not real, including a petition on to erase her from history.

This triggers the curiosity needed to share the story with the public. Why is part of your life hidden? Who cares about doing that? Why do they want to take her out of history? Because she is a woman, deaf and blind? Why is it not accepted that one of the most famous characters of the 20th century in the USA should be a communist? Why can't a disabled woman become an anti-capitalist leader?
These are questions about the possibility of rebellion and dissent in our society. About the possibility of being a wonderful woman and at the same time being able to live simply as an independent and autonomous woman. About the possibility of accepting that it is a deaf woman who breaks the social silences or that it is a blind woman who opens the eyes of society to the injustice that surrounds us. Beyond that, the possibility of a utopia understood in terms of our memory resonates. Will Helen Keller be able to give Greta Thunberg back her dreams?

It is also a work that questions the lack of communication between hearing and non-hearing people, exploring the possibilities of sharing an open conversation on stage, as a silent vindication of the importance of minority languages, their public use and their encounter. For this reason, Galician spoken language and sign language are integrated in the same work.

  • Original idea: Chusa Pérez
  • Creation: Chévere
  • Dramaturgy and direction: Xron
  • Cast: Patricia de Lorenzo, Ángela Ibáñez, Chusa Pérez
  • Assistant director: Borja Fernández
  • Lighting: Fidel Vázquez
  • Audiovisual space: Lucía Estévez
  • Inclusion advice and support: Chusa Pérez
  • Sign language support: Ramón Costoya Lens
  • Production, administration: Inés Portela
  • Executive production: Patricia de Lorenzo
  • Communication: Xana García
  • Distribution: Carlos M. Carbonell/Crémilo

A co-production of Chévere, Centro Dramático Nacional and Teatre Lliure.With the support of Agadic-Xunta de Galicia.In collaboration with: Centro Dramático Galego, Concello de Ames, ONCE, Sala Ártika.

Show in sign language (LSE) and spoken language (Galician) with texts projected in Galician.All performances will have audio description.

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