"If you are reading this it is because you still understand nothing, whether how you came nor what happened...."
"If you are reading this it is because you came back...."
We are in the origin of everything. In the middle of the chaos, the goddess creates the man. He is born like expelled out from the inside. He discovers his space and his time, he wonders and tries to figure out the deeper meaning of it all.
She observes him and she feels deeply attracted to her creation until she decides to transform herself to approach him. Meeting of both will create the unbalance, and every action will have an impact on their universe.
The Half is a show inspired by “Canto Cósmico”, by Ernesto Cardenal.
Ernesto Cardenal (Granada, Nicaragua, 1925) is a writer, a catholic priest, and a politician. He is one of the most outstanding poets in whole Latin America.
His poetry mixes, with a really clear verse with a great impact, the legacy of religious and scientific traditions with popular culture.
It is the masterful poetical work of Ernesto Cardenal. A hallucinating lyrical-mystical cosmogony and anthropogenesis which was edited 1989.
With his brilliant poetical discourse, he achieves a mixture of a philosophical, theological and scientific debate about the underlying question of the sense of being, the reasons of science and the mysteries of the universe.
We highly recommend his lecture. During our working process, we used the Editorial Trotta edition.
Two different ways of living a reality and a cultural shock in a love story motivated the premises of this show. Arnau Vinós was born in Igualada, a little town near Barcelona. Catalan of inheritance and European of circumstance. Mónica Mar was born in Ciudad de México, Mexican from roots and American from geographical precedence. The mathematical nature of his father will give to Arnau a calculator personality. On the other side, Mónica inherited from her parents the free and spontaneous way of life. These opposite characters, but complementary, are repeated a lot among the masculinity and the femininity, through those who coexist attracting themselves from the difference. And they are also repeated as cultural features. Is it that the cultural visions of Mónica and Arnau about death and life determine in some way their character and their modus vivendi? Is it because Monica knows culturally that death is imminent and it is not the end, does not need to calculate anything? It will be that since Arnau knows culturally that life is short and time is over, does he need to plan every moment?
The curiosity, a principle that was present in every nature, was made them converge and the dialogue emerged from the union. Sitting in an unstable territory, they constantly seek to establish the balance. Like two who get ready, like two who fight, or just like two who talk. They are like two worlds that are encountered. Because the difference between two beings seems to contain something more than a personality: it has scientific and imaginary explanations. The difference is to perceive reality differently or to perceive different realities.
With all these concerns Einstein appeared. Then Hawking. Science and quantum physics were inevitable and incomprehensible, so we started looking for nearby and curious poets: Borges described "The Aleph", Calvin imagined other worlds, and Poe wanted to understand death. Finally, Ernesto Cardenal, writing about reality, described a revolution in Nicaragua that was poetry, science, theology and philosophy at the same time.
Thus, the “Cantico Cósmico" became the backbone of "The Half", and the visual imagery of Remedios Varo and Subirachs, the skin.