Teatro Entre Escombros
Teatro Entre Escombros is a theatre group based in Barcelona, set up by Amy Gwilliam and Javier Ariza in June 2010, in their final days at the prestigious Ecole Philippe Gaulier. It marked their promise, their challenge, to hold the blood of Gaulier in their veins; to insist always on playing with the spark of an idea, however devastatingly stupid it might seem; to go on with the beautiful suffering of sharing their simple, peculiar humanity with their audience. And please, never forget: just play.
The company´s signature, so to speak, is the very rapport which flourishes between Gwilliam and Ariza. She, a Brit through and through, considers herself more serious than he, dark-humoured, veering more towards the gulf of tragedy. He, utterly Spanish, sees a comic twist at every turn, and will normally take it. And so their games are marked by a kind of Spanglish tragicomedy: witty, passionate, and humanly bizarre.
Since their Parisian attic beginnings, Entre Escombros have created two shows – The Mole and the Worm; an underground tale, set in a cave, and Fuga per Canonem, unfolding in a cabaret and a lighthouse. With the constant inspiration and provocation from the director and the writer, they dare to make up their own myths, improvised from the stuff of dreams, from the electricity generated in imaginative collaboration.
With The Mole and the Worm, they have performed in over 20 “site-specific” venues across Spain and England: caves, a castle, warehouses, decadent old houses, black box theatres, cloister courts etc, winning two 2nd best show awards and a best actress award. They treat each show as a unique event, adapted to a particular space. With the Fuga, they have taken it to Burgos, taking the opportunity to hold educational talks and involve young people in their love for theatre, and are touring in London and Toledo with the show in May 2013. They also do interactive theatre, participating in festivals, street theatre, improvisations and being booked for a range of immersive events.
They call themselves “Entre Escombros” (“In the Rubble”) because they launched into a world deemed to be “in crisis, at the brink of collapse”. They were nuts to set up, apparently. But rather than be defeated by it all, they take inspiration: from the rubble comes simplicity, and from simplicity, they hope – freedom. 2 actors can summon a greater thunder.