1. LA VIDA ES SUEÑO - Life is a Dream (Spain) / September 12-October 13, 2019
By Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Adapted by Nando López
Directed by Hugo Medrano
One of the essential works of Spanish Golden Age theater, this timeless play explores free will, fate, and tyranny. Do we choose who we are going to be, or are we simply marionettes in the hands of a greater power? Is what we see real? These universal questions are highlighted in Lopez's tight new adaptation. Presented in Spanish with English surtitles.
2. XV FUEGO FLAMENCO FESTIVAL
a. Entresueño / November 8-10, 2019
FLAMENCO APARICIO DANCE COMPANY
Edwin Aparicio and Aleksey Kulikov reimagine Aparicio's acclaimed Entresueño, a work that premiered at GALA in 2006. Entresueño explores the frontier of consciousness where memories blur and mix with imagination, and where reality gives way to dreams the period when imagery is exceedingly vivid and the boundaries of time and space disappear. Musical direction by Grammy nominated composer and arranger Gonzalo Grau.
b. Raíz de 4 / November 14-17, 2019
RAFAEL PERAL AND MARISA ADAME
In collaboration with Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas (Madrid)
Raíz de 4 delves into Flamenco's most primitive roots, those very origins that evoke the convergence of cultures and the folklore of Spain. Some of the purest styles of flamenco--- romances (ballads), martinete, fandangos and soleares---are brought to the forefront in an electrifying performance by two of Spain's most distinguished artists.
3. EXQUISTA AGONÍA - Exquisite Agony / February 6-March 1, 2020
Written and directed by Nilo Cruz (Cuba/USA)
This intimate story explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who receives the gift of her late husband's heart. DC audiences will have the "exquisite" opportunity to see Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz direct his own work. Presented in Spanish with English surtitles.
4. TÍA JULIA Y EL ESCRIBIDOR - Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter / April 23-May 17, 2020
A play by Caridad Svich
Based on the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
Directed by José Zayas
Set in Peru during the 1950s, this funny and tender story of an 18-year-old student who falls for a 32-year-old divorcee is based on the real life experience of Nobel Prize-winner Vargas Llosa. Love is lost, but a new passion is found. Presented in Spanish with English surtitles.
5. ELLA ES TANGO / June 10-28, 2020
In collaboration with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra
Women take the lead in this musical revue celebrating the role of women in tango. The revered Libertad Lamarque and Tita Merello paved the way for contemporary female voices such as Susana Rinaldi and composer Eladia Blazquez. Presented in Spanish with English surtitles.