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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Teatro EN (new)


40th International Theatre Festival


20th February > 8th March 2009

Argelino servidor de dos amos

Teatro Toniolo (Mestre)
Friday February 20 at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday February 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Argelino servidor de dos amos (Spain) [Italian premiere]
from Arlecchino servitore di due padroni by Carlo Goldoni
written by Alberto San Juan
adapted by Andrés Lima, Alberto San Juan
directed by Andrés Lima
cast Elisabet Gelabert (Clarisa), Javier Gutiérrez (Argelino), Alberto Jiménez (Pantalone), Virginia Nölting (Beatriz), Daniel Moreno (Silvio),
Nerea Moreno (Florindo), Pepa Zaragoza (Esmeraldina)
sets and costumes Beatriz San Juan
lishting Dominique Borrini
music editing Guillermo Bautista
production Animalario, Teatro de la Abadìa
performance in Spanish and Arabic with surtitles in Italian
The shipwreck of a wooden boat off the coast of southern Italy, after a night at the mercy of the stormy Mediterranean waves, kicks off this free interpretation of Argelino servidor de dos amos (Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters) staged by the Teatro de la Abadìa of Madrid under the direction of Andrés Lima. And the comedy immediately takes on the tones of tragedy, in the radicalization that Alberto San Juan brings to Goldoni’s archetype.
Transported from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, the story of the country boy who comes to town and manages to make a living by serving two masters is transformed into the figure of the Moroccan immigrant who fortuitously makes it to Europe - our daily news is sadly full of them – and must face the cruel reality of the illegal immigrant, without papers, the victim of all sorts of abuse and exploitation of man by man in a struggle without quarter for survival.
If the parallel with Goldoni’s precedent is obvious, the “contemporary commedia dell’arte” staged by Alberto San Juan and Andrés Lima leads every conflict evoked by the Venetian playwright to its extreme consequences: between servant and master, between man and woman, and even between man and man. Domination is the factor that governs human relationships, then as now. And though the pair of authors do not neglect to recreate the intricate plot of their illustrious model, in a dizzying crescendo of exhilarating gags, Argelino servidor de dos amos becomes a ferocious satire.
An actor in theatre, television and film, Alberto San Juan comes from the ranks of the Animalario company, for which Andrès Lima directs all the productions. One of the most important companies on the contemporary Spanish scene, Animalario succeeds historic companies such as Els Joglars, Teatre Llure, Corsaro and Comediants.