AURiC (Songs From A Golden Age) is a Gig Theatre show based on texts from the Spanish Golden Age, freely translated and adapted to English by Paula Rodriguez. An experience that merges a spoken-word piece and an indie-experimental rock concert.
Spanish Golden Age authors left us a rich and extensive heritage to explore. Writers like Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca and Lope de Vega created master pieces such as Don Quixote (Cervantes), Life is a Dream (Calderón) or Fuenteovejuna (Lope). They also wrote many plays, poems, sonnets and songs that re ect on universal matters as a profound dissection on the human condition.
As all good Classics, these texts still resonate strongly in our time and should be reinterpreted and shared with international audiences in an accessible and contemporary form.
“AURIC, is a response to the need I have of revitalising my own heritage in the world and context in which I live in now. During the Renaissance period the connection between Spain and England was very strong. Whether at war or at peace both empires understood the world in a similar light and the echoes between Shakespeare and the Spanish Golden Age authors are tangible.
My main objective in this project is to find a flexible and approachable platform to present these materials. I have therefore created a performance in which contemporary tunes mix with the power of these classical words, recreating a “techno-rock gig” under the influence of indie rock artists such as Nick Cave or Arcade Fire. In my opinion Golden Age authors were the rock stars of their time, the free spirits who portrayed a wild, eternal and cosmical landscape of mankind’s lights and shadows”.
Created, Produced, and Performed by Paula Rodriguez
Music Composed and Performed by Arthur Astier
International producer: Lorenzo Pappagallo Xperteatro
Translation and Adaptation by Paula Rodriguez
Translation Support by Ben Naylor
Production Team: Paula Rodriguez and Holly Sonnabend
Graphic Design: Maya Gold,