Country Chile

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +12

Duration 55 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 11, 12 and 13, 20:30

A close and up-to-date look at Cervantes’ classic

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De Quijano a Quijote is a new take on Miguel de Cervantes’ classic. After scrutinizing different books on the cavalry, Mr. Quijano - aged 50 - finally discovers two words that are crucial in this modern world: reinvention and resilience. Both of these will lead him on different exploits to fight for justice. Renowned Chilean actor and director Héctor Noguera brings a new version of this important character from world literature to the stage and updates him with skill and humor. The play uses simple language, relatable issues and everyday elements - such as trust, the ability to reinvent yourself whatever your age, justice and happiness - to envelope the audience in the drama and bridge the gap to the seventeenth century story. All this involves the impressive performance of the 2015 winner of the National Performing Arts Award, who puts on this self-written adaptation after working on Miguel de Cervantes’ text in different productions for more than 20 years.

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Héctor Noguera

(Chile, 1937)

A film, theater and television actor, theater director and teacher with an impressive career that began at the Catholic University’s Teatro de Ensayo, where he worked for 30 years as an actor, director and teacher. He has been one of the most important figures in Chilean theater for half a century. In the nineties, he founded Teatro Camino, a company that today has its own theater in the Peñalolén neighborhood. He is well-known for his roles in legendary television series such as Sucupira and Machos. In 2015, he won the Chilean National Performing Arts Award.

Teatro Camino

Teatro Camino

This company was created by Héctor Noguera in the nineties. Since 2000, it has had its own theater in the Peñalolén neighborhood, where it develops different cultural activities. Its name reflects its ongoing concern with being ‘on the way somewhere’ when touring, but is also due to Noguera’s view that the performing arts involve hard work, research and constant reinvention. Since its beginnings, Teatro Camino has worked with new styles and has always been interested in promoting cultural exchange with outstanding international artists, such as Alexander Stillmark, César Brie, Raúl Ruiz, Adel Hakim, Oscar Castro and Michael Radford.

Adapted and directed by Héctor Noguera | Artistic director Teatro Camino | Cast Héctor Noguera and Yerko Farías | Lighting designer Raúl Donoso | Sound Mireya Pavez | Set designer Yerko Farías | General producer Piedad Noguera | Executive producer Alexis García | Music País Violento | Music operator Mireya Pavez | Publicity and marketing Soledad Gómez

  • The play is a modern and entertaining version of El Quijote. Describing its key characters and scenes, it revives concepts and topics of interest for different audiences. Its main themes are resilience; a grown man’s reinvention; using common and everyday things to achieve happiness; teamwork and trust.

  • Over his long artistic career, Héctor Noguera has put on more than four versions of this play. One of them was Las consecuencias de mucho leer, a production that was performed during Teatro Camino’s first few seasons. He has worked on Cervantes’ text for more than 20 years, bringing its main passages to the stage and reviving the elements that make Quijote one of the most well-known characters in Spanish literature.

  • Noguera revives the story of a character — El Quijote — who is always searching for justice. He may lose battles and his way, but he also knows how to navigate his way through them, even when he emerges with a few bruises. He might lose the battle, but not his mission to save the world. He is joined on his adventures by his indispensable sidekick, Sancho Panza.

  • On adapting one of literature’s essential pieces, Noguera explains that “one of the greatest things I admire about the classics is the way each character in the story is made more human and how certain portrayals are tackled. Attributes, defects and virtues are maintained as time goes by and transcend different generations”.
  • The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha. Written by Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes and published in 1605, this novel is one of Spanish literature’s essential works and an indisputable universal classic. It’s considered the first modern and also the first polyphonic novel. Its influence on European writing has been huge. In its pages, it tells the story of Don Quijote, an ingenious and generous nobleman from La Mancha obsessed with books about the cavalry. He decides to travel through Spain to fight evil and protect the helpless, accompanied by faithful but naïve sidekick Sancho Panza.

  • Héctor Noguera and Don Quijote. The Chilean actor and director has been working on different projects related to this Spanish classic for more than 20 years. “More than 20 years ago, I picked up this book again and finally understood things I’d found really complicated the first time round. I rediscovered the comedy in the character - who had all the virtues so necessary for those times - such as the capacity to reinvent yourself at any age and to try and improve your life with the resources you’ve got, without waiting for happiness to come from outside”, Noguera has said.

A close and up-to-date look at Cervantes’ classic

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