Persona

World stage premiere of Persona

Persona

World stage premiere of Persona

Teatro El Milagro
Mexico City
"There is an internal distance between this Sweden of the 60's – so seductive and incomprehensible for Latin Americans – and this neutral room to which we with great easiness can adjust."
Bruno Bert, Tiempo Libro

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In Daniel Giménez Cacho's direction the both actresses Laura Almela och Mariana Giménez shared the parts of Alma and Elisabet. The stage and light design were created by Gabriel Pascal.

In his review in Tiempo Libro Bruno Bert wrote about the relationship between the filmmaker Bergman and Bergman the man of the theatre: "There is an internal distance between this Sweden of the 60's – so seductive and incomprehensible for Latin Americans – and this neutral room to which we with great easiness can adjust. Thus the ethical demands appears more reachable and with a confidently updated form. All other things stay Bergman and it is not to forget that he – in spite of many deviant opinions thereof - saw himself first and foremost as a man of the theatre."

Olga Harmony in Cultura wrote about the weight the film could have on the stage adapataion if you were not able to see it with a fresh eye: "It is preferable to look at the theatrical phenomenon without the blinds the cinematographical strip could have on those who have seen it, thus keeping the fresh gaze and being able to make a stage adaptation without prejudices. This is the case with Persona, adapted in the spirit of Bergman's direction, and with which El Milagro continues providing us their theatre art."

She also briefly touched the function of the stage design:
"The stern and effective stage design of Gabriel Pascal, also the light designer of the performance, consists of a big platform – surrounded by the audience – on which a table and two chairs are placed; and at the two short sides, the furniture and elements indicating the site for the performance of the nurse and the actress."

Sources

  • Bruno Bert, Tiempo Libro, no. 29, June 26 - July 2,2008.
  • Olga Harmony, Cultura, June 26, 2008

Collaborators

  • Gabriel Pascal, Designer
  • Edyta Rzewuska, Costume design
  • Bruno Castillo, Choreography
  • Manuel Rocha, Sound
  • Jorge Aguilar Mora, Translation
  • Daniela Flores, Assistant director
  • Israel Ayala, Assistant costume designer
  • Fernando Alvarado, Technical manager
  • Daniel Giménez Cacho, Director
  • Laura Almela, Elisabeth Vogler
  • Mariana Gimenez, Nurse Alma and Elisabet Vogler
  • Ana Ofelia Murguía, Voice of the psychiatrist