Rafael Álvarez ‘El Brujo’ will present his new show ‘Mester de Algarabía’ next Saturday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m., at the Felipe VI Auditorium in Estepona.
The work is built on the aesthetics of medieval troubadours and minstrels, both in the style of Christian and Arab traditions. A show based on the figure of the minstrel as a vehicle for information and cultural communication in the Middle Ages.
“Life is a journey from Seville to Burgos, passing through Granada, which is not necessary, but if we want to make a detour, we can go through there,” said the actor.
This is what the minstrels of the Middle Ages did: an entertaining journey from nowhere to nowhere. They knew that every journey is an essential allegory of life. And the journey has many phases: happy and winding moments, beautiful and frightening landscapes, and people of all kinds.
The trip must be entertaining and for that you have to tell stories, recite poems, tell jokes and sing songs. The itinerant comedians of the Spanish Golden Age knew very well that in Seville they like certain ballads that should not be said in Burgos or Granada. And in each place you have to know how to play the right key, sing a different song. The trips then were on foot, because the important thing was not to arrive, but to travel.
And this is ‘Mester de Algarabía’, «an idea that arose on a path, at night under the stars, traveling from Córdoba to Extremadura. The show has praises, stories and poems from yesterday and forever». “It has me,” explains Rafael Álvarez, and Javier Alejano with his music, and new things, such as ‘El collar de la Paloma’ by Ibn Hazm, which this year celebrates the first millennium of its appearance.
“Some stories are old, but although the fingers of the hands age, remember that the gold rings always remain identical. We hope they come out remembering the classic words with new accents, and glad to know that one of the most important things in life is not to have died.
Tickets are on sale at www.tafestepona.com, and at the box office, from two hours before the start of the show, the City Council has indicated in a statement.