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Luis de Tavira: “Culture is the responsibility of society and the State”
In the same way, Louis of Tavira He pointed out that culture is not only the responsibility of the ruler, but that it is the responsibility of society and the State, but he emphasized that the ruler, as a servant, would have to comply with the job of listening to the diversity of voices, “not sanctioning, not dictating , not to favor what seems to him to be”.
Culture is not what the official believes; is the one who least knows what it is
Luis de Tavira, playwright and theater director
Regarding the responsibility that society or the public has with respect to culture, how it relates to it and how it consumes it, De Tavira explained that the theater community in Mexico must fight for “the formation of the spectator ”.
“The spectator is not the consumer of events, he is the one who is trained in the theater, and the spectator is only trained by good theater. Like the listener of music, like the reader of books. And if we don’t train the viewer, then we have to spend all the time trying to convince, and it is society that has to defend its right and it won’t do it if it doesn’t know it, and it won’t do it if it doesn’t participate. he commented.
Hence the playwright, who is uncle and teacher of the actress Marina de Tavira considered that it is essential for the artistic community to hold on tenaciously and continue to create.
“What can we do in the midst of these circumstances? The only thing I can say is “Do theatre” and do the best theater that I can, and convene and that the theater shows us how things are and makes us think about why and also tells us that it is possible to change, because when we discover that it is possible to change or when we discover that those atrocities that happen could have been avoided, then we regain hope,” he said.
‘Furor’: A play that presents reality as it is, complex
Louis of Tavira directs Stefanie Weiss, Juan Carlos Vives and Rodrigo Virago in the play Fury, which is presented on weekends and until December 4 at the Teatro de las Artes in the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. Originally by Lutz Hübner and Sarah Nemitz, it tells the story of a government official and mayoral candidate who is declared innocent after running over a teenager, but when he offers to help his mother, he runs into the victim’s cousin , who threatens him with reveals that he tried to buy the family’s silence and create a scandal on social networks.
The class struggle and the tiredness of society is reflected in this staging that is located in Germany but that could take place in any corner of the world and that, evidently, feels close and resonates strongly with the Mexican public.
“It is a theater that aims to show reality as it is and is complex, and that invites us to think that things do not work and are wrong and we have reached the exhaustion of a system. And from there we wonder what the solution could be. It is not a melodrama, therefore, there is no good and bad, everyone has their reason and their absolute unreason. That is, there is no one to choose. And we see ourselves there, what is being discussed concerns us,” he explained. Louis of Tavira.
For the director, the text indicates that the current world system, capitalism, does not work, but that does not mean that we should resign ourselves.
“That means we have to think. That means that the solution is in our hands. We don’t know what it is, right now, but we have to face the problem first so as not to invent false exits for something that clearly begins with an act of conscience. That is to say, realizing that this does not work and that we do not have a way out at this moment, is a principle of conscience; and awareness is the beginning of the solution, ”she assured.