Teatro Español y Naves del Español

La voluntad de creer

by Pablo Messiez
La voluntad de creer ©Coral Ortiz
September 7
October 23, 2022
Tuesday to Sunday / 7.30pm
90 min
Post-show talk

In the transcript of the trial of Joan of Arc, when asked how she knew that the voice she heard was that of Saint Michael, she replies:

“−Because he had the voice of an angel.

−How do you know it was the voice of an angel?

−Because I had the will to believe it.”

Ever since I read this last phrase, it has stuck with me as a possible definition of theatre and also as an obsession. What relationship is there between will and faith? What makes something plausible? What role does will play in suggestion?

After devoting a lot of time listening to songs for the creation of our last play, we’re now going to turn our attention to will. So, we’re going to base our work on Dreyer’s Ordet, which has one of the most beautiful and most daringly plausible final scenes I have ever seen.

In our performance, the youngest brother in a Basque family claims he is Jesus of Nazareth His sisters reckon he’s gone mad from reading too much Kierkegaard. As in Ordet, there will be death and resurrection. And above all, a desire to play with the spectator’s perception in such a way that the actual performance itself is a test of their faith.

Pablo Messiez

Cast and Creative Team

Text and direction: Pablo Messiez

With Marina Fantini, Carlota Gaviño, Rebeca Hernando, José Juan Rodríguez, Íñigo Rodríguez-Claro and Mikele Urroz

Scenic space design: Max Glaenzel

Lighting design: Carlos Marquerie

Lighting assistant: Juanan Morales

Costume design: Cecilia Molano

Body training: Elena Córdoba

Production by Buxman Producciones: Jordi Buxó, Aitor Tejada and Pablo Ramos

Production assistant: Roberto Mansilla

Management assistant: Javier L. Patiño

A coproduction by Teatro Español and Buxman Producciones

Pablo Messiez was awarded a writing residency at the Sala Beckett in 2022 to assist him in the writing of this work.

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