A strange cat and other stories


performance art. Andrea Martínez is the director of ‘Meow, meow, meow’, a work that is a candidate for the MAX awards

With ‘Meow, meow, meow’, Andrea Martínez (Almoradí, Alicante, 1993) ‘snuck’ into the MAX awards. His work is one of the candidates for Best New Show at the XXVI edition of the performing arts awards and competes with eleven other proposals.

Good news for Andrea Martínez, who signs her projects as Melena Androide. Trained in Interpretation in the Creation route at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (ESAD) in Murcia, the artist is responsible for the idea and dramaturgy of ‘Miau, miau, miau’, a winning project of the VI Authorship competition in Ultramar 2021 and which has been presented at festivals such as Surge Madrid, Labo XL4 in San Sebastián, ACT Bilbao International Emerging Scene Festival, Carme Teatre in Valencia or Las Cigarreras in Alicante. The artist won the Creamurcia for Performing Arts 2015 with Las Toskas and the Azahar Prize for Young Creation 2017 with Las Monstruas, two companies of which she is the founder.

“Meow, meow, meow” tells a story, or rather “many out of order stories” in which you can see “a cat addicted to televised violence, the rise and fall of a new killer, the idea of ​​a ‘streamer’, a couple’s crisis in a lake, sad ideas thrown into a chat room, ‘lo-fi’ music, pokemons and pop stars».

«The work follows the structure of the previous piece, ‘Wof, wof, wof’ [Premio ACT Residency Bilbao 2020]», indicates the maker. “In ‘Wof’ there was also a kind of disorganized order of the story presented over many years, but here we suggested we ‘zoom’ and put these stories in hours of the same day. Different events that take place in the world,” the author explains of these stories that “although they have little nods to each other, they are not entirely related,” indicates Martínez, who compares her work to “a kind of ‘Wild Tales’. [Damián Szifrón] at theatre”.

Among them there is a main story, that of that cat addicted to violence on television “who sees something directly related to the family with which he lives,” says Martínez, justifying the choice of kittens: “From the point of view of dramaturgy I was interested in the appearance of pets that coexist with humans. Although they come from the world of wildlife, they represent a kind of link between that world and human civilization. While dogs are more innocent, cats seem sneakier to me.

A work related “in its communicative forms” to “the Internet, social networks and memes”, which inevitably brings it closer “to the young and adolescent audience”, although the author always thinks “of all types of audience”.

Inés Muñoz and Daniel Teba star in this production, but Andrea Martínez also accompanies them on stage, who intervenes on some occasions and stays on stage “with the computer, like a pop-up window, launching projections”.

Source: La Verdad


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