Actor, playwright and stage manager, Daniel Teba, presents En un tiempo oscuro, a production created during his residency at Naves Matadero.
Daniel Teba earned his acting chops in the National Classical Theatre Company but has also worked in Teatro de la Zarzuela and, in parallel, he trained with international names like Brigid Panet and Katya Benjamin of the RADA, Owen Horsley, Will Keen of Cheek by Jowl and Greg Hicks of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 2013 he founded his own company to stage the play En el cielo de mi boca by playwright Jose Padilla, directed by Iñigo Rodríguez-Claro, which he presented in Paris. Two years later, after completing a Master’s Degree in Theatre Creation at Carlos III University in Madrid, he wrote his first theatrical production, El espectro de Brocken, on which he worked as stage director for the first time. Since then he has focused increasingly on a search for contemporary theatre underpinned by his own personal style and language as a stage creator, conceiving of acting, playwriting and directing as a single path towards dramatic expression. Daniel Teba is one of the new young voices we need to watch out for.
En un tiempo oscuro (In a Dark Time) springs from two different sources: from Teba’s unremitting interest in the world of Greek tragedy and myth and from his need to be “other”. “This production draws on the eagerness to discover an unknown path somewhere between fascination, mystery and fear. Abandoned in a sort of alienation that fluctuates between the tragic and the dreamlike, the characters will each have to face a rite of passage to save themselves in a world rocked by violence, faith, ethics, love and philosophy, within a set of rules where transformation is impossible without sacrifice. It’s a face-off with the abyss. With its purest and darkest side. The last contest which, perhaps, will lead to a new rebirth. In a single night, they will experience a voyage like those of Ulysses or Hercules, full of trials and enlightenment to test their existence, which is an unknown that must be resolved”, says Teba.
As the poet Theodore Roethke wrote “in a dark time, the eye begins to see”, and ultimately, the only option will be to live or try to live at the very limits of the impossible.
Photo (c) Alfonso Bernabéu
Text and direction: Daniel Teba
Performers: María Álvarez, Sandra Arpa, Héctor Carballo, Gerardo Quintana and Daniel Teba
Assistant director: Roberto Rojas