Theater

DE QUIJANO A QUIJOTE

By Héctor Noguera

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 55 minutes
  • +12

Outstanding actor Héctor Noguera reinvents the figure of Quijote in a play that brings back one of literature’s top characters in an audience-friendly and entertaining way.


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.

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.

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