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Madrid (EFE) rehearsing until the last moment, a job that he hopes will make him “proud”.
The work includes the visits of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) to New York, Cuba and Argentina, with some tango among his music.
India Martínez (Córdoba, Spain, 1985) lived with a sad aura last Saturday the gala of the Spanish film awards, in which Carlos Saura, who died the day before at the age of 91, was to receive the Goya de Honor.
“I was very excited to participate in the tribute that was given to him, but I lost my desire to attend,” he told EFE, at the time he learned of the death of the director on Friday, although he finally went to the gala to wrap up his wife, Eulalia Ramón, and his children Antonio and Anna.
His passage through America
“Being at your service has been quite an experience. I just hope you feel proud of my work”, says the singer in an interview before the premiere today at Madrid’s Teatro Infanta Isabel of “Lorca por Saura”, written by Natalio Grueso, and in which she shares the bill with Alberto Amarilla and Saturna Barrio, accompanied on piano by Antonio Bejarano.
Saura wanted a woman to play Lorca, as he assured that the poet’s message was “universal and timeless”.
The work recreates Lorca’s life, from his birth to his passage through the student residence in Madrid, his trips to New York, Cuba and Argentina, the creation of the theater group La Barraca, until the final outcome of his execution in the War Spanish civil.
Although the singer recalls that she became dizzy at not measuring up as an interpreter, Saura dissipated it: “I wanted a singer who would interpret, not an actress who would sing”.
“It gave me a lot of security. He convinced me in the first meeting with the songs that he proposed to me, with his vision and her work. He gave me confidence and I thought: if she is counting on me, it is for a reason ”.
Coplas, flamenco, songs of the time, sung poems such as “Verde que te quiero verde”, “La hija de Juan Simón” -at the singer’s proposal- and some tango, from her time in Argentina, are part of the musical score. .
“I prefer those moments of talk, of direction. Any actor or dancer would have wanted to be under his orders, but above all, with the fact of having known him more personally”, he underlines.
He liked “that she sing to him, that she take him to those songs from the 20s”, with which she confesses that she has grown up, listening to her grandfather.
Saura’s “eyes misted up when he heard them and he took the opportunity to tell me anecdotes” from that time.
The singer points out that she looked at him with “the eyes of a girl, of a girl who wants to be an artist”, absorbing each of his words and instructions.
“He got everything out of me and I wanted him to feel happy. Every word, every phrase, every song I make thinking of him, ”she comments.
A relationship in which there has been a special connection, because “the closer I get to myself, the closer I get to him”, says this woman who writes poetry and paints.
Each one with their vision, but with the same way of “feeling and seeing art, in the same frequency”.
India Martínez awaits the premiere with a certain amount of nervousness, but above all she hopes to “enjoy the work”, in her commitment to a new professional side, “a challenge”.
De Saura is left with the fact that, despite his 91 years, he “continued learning”, always alert to how to improve and how to enrich the project.
“He has let me be me, he has given me confidence, he has let me enjoy.”