Classic Metro trains – backdrop to presentation of two contests as part of Almagro International Festival for Classical Theatre
The original trains that first used the Metro de Madrid network have today become the backdrop for the presentation of two contests as part of the Almagro International Festival for Classical Theatre: ‘Almagro Off’ (focused on new directors) and ‘Barroco Infantil’ [children’s baroque] (aimed at families). This event, which was attended by the Regional Councillor for Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Rosalía Gonzalo, is just one of the events set in motion as a result of the partnership agreement between Metro de Madrid and the Almagro International Festival for Classical Theatre Foundation to perform different initiatives between now and the end of June.
These actions are framed within the celebrations being put on by the Madrid underground on the occasion of its centenary. To this end, Chamartín station was chosen, which has several restored classic trains on display (the first to ever run on the network) that are part of an exhibition of great historical value for the heritage of the underground system and of Madrid.
The ‘Almagro Off’ International Contest is focused on the younger theatre companies on the international stage. Its aim is to foster and encourage contemporary creation, new languages and innovative proposals by the stage management of dramatic theatre such as the baroque style, while the ‘Barroco Infantil’ International Contest is aimed at a family audience with the aim of promoting and encouraging this type of theatre among young children.
The first of the activities of this agreement between Metro de Madrid and the Almagro Festival took place on 21 March - World Poetry Day – with the dissemination of three videos via various channels, filmed in underground stations which take their names from creators during the Spanish Golden Age: Velázquez, Tirso de Molina and Quevedo, with texts from Calderón de la Barca (La vida es sueño), Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (En perseguirme, mundo, ¿qué interesas?), and Francisco de Quevedo (Es hielo abrasador), respectively.