Palacio de los Oviedo
July 14th 2020, 21:00 h.
Ana Belén is awarded with the ‘XX Premio Corral de Comedias’ by the Festival Board. This award is a recognition for her career in theatre, so well known, so important, so transversal – she has performed from contemporary texts, to the ancient Greece – but emphasizing, during all her professional trajectory, her work with the Hispanic classics in verse.
Her performance ‘La hija del aire’ by Calderón in Almagro, under the direction of Lluis Pascual, is legendary and one of the milestones of the Festival. However in many other works she claimed the work in verse, her impeccable ability to recite, her eloquence, her intelligence as an actress, her light on the stage… There are so many reasons that justify this award that anything we can say falls short.
Actress and singer, Ana Belén (Madrid, 1951) has known how to combine music, theater, television and cinema since the beginning of her professional career. Her long career is a journey through the recent history of all these disciplines, full of milestones, successes and failures. She has on her credit more than forty films, thirty-five musical works and thirty theater plays. Her debut on stage, coincidentally, was with Miguel Narros, working on a text of the Spanish Golden Age, Numancia by Miguel de Cervantes, at the Teatro Español in the mid-1960s: “We made two Shakespeare plays and, everything else, Golden Age. So all my learning in theater comes from there, from that root of classical theater”, confesses the artist.
“The classics told us about things that we now understand perfectly, they have never stopped being fashionable. They have always been there, untouchable, and they continue to question us, to tell us what we are like, how we are at the moment and we can approach them in an infinite ways”, says the actress, who throughout her career has played numerous characters in texts such as El burlador de Sevilla by Tirso de Molina; El rey Lear by William Shakespeare; Las mujeres sabias by Molière; El rufián Castrucho by Lope de Vega; Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorrilla; Las mocedades del Cid by Guillén de Castro; Medida por medida by Shakespeare; El condenado por desconfiado by Tirso de Molina; or La hija del aire by Calderón de la Barca. The ‘Corral de Comedias Award’ joins a long list of recognitions and awards, including the ‘Goya de Honor’ (2017) and the Latin Grammy Award for Musical Excellence (2015).