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Madrid celebrates the 40th edition of the Autumn festival

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

The Community of Madrid, in collaboration with multiple theaters and companies, once again organizes the autumn festival this November. Enjoy various theater and dance shows throughout this month.

The theater has always been considered a reflection of life. In their plays, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Lorca discussed the similarities between their field of work and human existence numerous times. Brecht, a German 20th-century author, would break down the barriers between the two through his theatrical current known as Brechtian distancing. What hurts does not hurt so deeply when it seems distant, alien, and theatrical. However, on stage, characters live their lives with the same sincerity as we do. The rupture of reality, the proof that what is happening is nothing but a pantomime, destroys the viewer's expectations, who no longer know how to feel about what is happening on stage. That is the basis of Brecht's game.

However, in life, our feelings are just as contradictory. Other people's sorrows are distant and, therefore, adverse. Its consequences are not tangible in our lives; in our eyes, they are tales, stories, legends, and events that, if they occur, occur within a reality that is not ours. In Infinite Spur, we consider that adversities are part of life. We encourage you to go to the theater and, for a couple of hours, immerse yourself in the stories of others. At first glance, they do not have anything like you; perhaps, in the end, they represent universal aspects common to all of us.

Madrid is filled with theater this November, like every year, so now you have no excuse. Now in its 40th edition, the Autumn Festival opens its doors under the artistic direction of playwright Alberto Conejero, with a broader, more diverse, and international repertoire than ever before.

From November 10 to November 27, you will see more than 40 unique proposals coming from more than 18 different countries that will show throughout 13 districts within the community of Madrid.

The city council brings together multiple companies and artists, some regulars, such as Angelica Lidell or Romeo Castelluci, and some newcomers, but no less important for that.

The festival focuses on artistic exploration and the social impact of the plays. As the artistic director Alberto Conejero made clear when presenting the event by citing Ukrainian poet Adam Zagajewski's verses: "we try to praise the wounded world."

Praising a wounded world, our world, is, in short, the festival's primary objective and, consequently, the point of connection of all the works presented in it.

Among the multiple venues where you can enjoy the shows, you may find: Theaters del Canal, the Theater of La Abadía, the National Drama Center, the Conde Duque Center for Contemporary Culture, the Espacio Abierto Quinta de los Molinos, the Reina Sofía Museum, the Casa Encendida and the Theater La Cuarta Pared, among others.

You can find all the necessary information and prices on the festival's website, where you can also discover numerous specific offers for this month.

Theater and dance flood the cultural centers of Madrid throughout this month, and are you going to miss it?

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