Natalia Suarez Rios Y vanessa estraviz, actresses, star in the dramatized visits to the Palacio Valdés. Both are from Aviles, 45 and 31 years old, respectively, and are part of the company Arte Producciones, in charge of guided tours of the Avilesian theater.
Two actresses and both are part of the company Arte Producciones de José Rico. They make up the cast that is in charge of the dramatized visits to the Palacio Valdés. They are Natalia Suárez Ríos, Avilesian from Valliniello, 45 years old; and Vanessa Estraviz, also from Aviles. In addition to her work as an actress, Natalia Suárez, a psychologist by training, works as a counselor for students with special needs and directs the Moza Company of the La Bocarte Cultural Association, with which she is preparing the premiere of the play “Reinaré”, which has with the support in the production of the Cultural Factory of Avilés. Vanessa Estraviz, 31, began her training with the Avilesian interpreter Cris Puertas and was also trained in different courses of Teatro del Norte, the company of Etelvino Vázquez. With the company of José Rico she made her debut with the role of Martirio in the staging of Lorca’s play “Bernarda Alba”.
Vanessa Estraviz: “Avilés programs a lot of theater and has three spaces in the National Network of Theaters such as the House of Culture, the Niemeyer and the Palacio Valdés, which has the title of ‘national premiere’ for all the national premieres it hosts, but that later I think that this subtracts a little from local production. Perhaps we have to sacrifice a little local production to get there. But the actors from Avilés, from Asturias, have less access. In the end I understand that it is difficult, that it is complicated to manage it I see it as very important that renowned actors and important companies always have Palacio Valdés as a place where they are excited to come”.
“There is a very loyal public, although it is true that I am a little concerned about the age of the public that attends the Palacio Valdés. They have an average age of about 50 years or more. I do not see people my age. I am not talking about a children’s audience, for which there is enough children’s theater in Avilés. I speak from 15 to 35 years old. For example, my friends, when they come, it’s because they come to see me. Perhaps the problem is not the programming and neither are the prices, but it is true that the theater relates to older people. These audiences had to be captured because in twenty years, I don’t know what will happen”.
the theater city. In the opinion of Natalia Suárez Ríos, the fact that Avilés is the theater capital “is an incontestable reality”: “It is something very positive on which a lot of work has been done since the restoration of the theater by the people who are in charge of its management. Avilés on the cultural map. It is a city that has always been closely linked to culture, as Juan Carlos De la Madrid tells in his book on the hundred years of the Palacio Valdés theater”.
“We have been too linked to our industrial history, which has been very important for all of us, but it seems like that overshadowed all our identification with the cultural. At the time the theater was built, in that decade between 1910 and 1920, it was very It was expensive and there were many people from Avilés pulling for it, because of the need to have a theater. That implies that it was always a very cultural city. Avilés always had that concern and we continue with it. And now, moreover, in a period of change, of transition. It is being seen that it is necessary to make changes and, in that sense, the local administration is doing it, it is understanding it, such as all the initiatives to do theater for young people”.
“You have to offer something adapted to the times. You have to have policies to do theater with young people. The school sessions that are always held at the Palacio Valdés theater are an example of this. The fact that it helps the production of the Cultural Factory give it to do theater with young people for me it seems a very important thing, because it had never been like this “.
“The actor’s job is good for teenagers, at that time of searching for identity, to discover new emotions. I find theater therapeutic and educational. I suppose you will know, for example, the impressive work that Toñi Puerta is doing, who has the theater group of the mental health therapeutic community in Avilés. There are people there who in real life are not capable of doing certain things but, on the other hand, they can do them if they play a character”.
“I think that in Avilés there is a highly educated public, understanding, with a lot of knowledge, that is capable of knowing how to enjoy more complex things and others less complex, very adapted to all kinds of proposals. We are also realizing that cultural development it is a motor of local and regional development.The fact that Avilés is a point of reference for tourism in the North also generates cultural tourism and I believe that it is helping the city to realize how important culture is as a motor of development. And I think we continue to make progress on the cultural issue, with initiatives such as, for example, the Bances Candamo International Classical Theater Festival, which began last year and continued this year with a much broader program. That festival is now a very small thing. but it will become something very powerful Almagro, with its classical theater festival, has a tenth of the population of Avilés and is betting on it because from smaller places it is being understood I understand that cultural initiatives are both tourism and economic development. And I think that Avilés is also understanding it.”