Denis Rafter: “Telling the life of Santa Teresa is having an incredible story”

Denis Rafter: “Telling the life of Santa Teresa is having an incredible story”

Written in: Sea 18, 2015

Last 28 February premiered in Avila's play “Teresa, the gardener of light ". A job that primarily seeks to honor Santa Teresa as a human being and as a woman, at its V Centenario which this year celebrated.

Written and directed by Irishman Denis Rafter, We chatted with him about the motivation for performing this work and what it has meant for, a personal and professional level, the figure of the Holy andariega.

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How did the idea of ​​preparing a play dedicated to Saint Teresa of Jesus arose?

For, first. a light comes on in your imagination, a spark of an idea to. I feel somehow that Santa Teresa called me. This I think often happen to writers, suddenly, between an idea inspired by something or someone, surge. Gradually grows, first subconsciousness and, after, clearly like a light in the mind. It is not an unusual phenomenon, nor should it be taken as a topical. It is part of the creative process. But maybe it's also something spiritual, when the artist or writer feels a bond with his character, in this case, Teresa de Ahumada, a unique and universal woman.

What image or values ​​of the Holy wants to convey specific?

I read a short biography of Santa Teresa written by Irish writer, Kate O’Brien, and in this book, speaks of it in his more human side. Therefore, in the play I wrote and directed, it is that side of it, his great qualities, as a woman of her time. I believe, further, that to be Holy must first be a woman full of human elements. And with this I mean not only our strengths but also our weaknesses as human. Teresa was very intelligent but also able to bring people to your way of thinking. Shortly, was ready. She was attractive and somewhat flirtatious in her teens. Demonstrated his talent as a writer and, both, I was able to use irony in his letters and poems. It was a great lover and absolutely dedicated to the only man who could love, Jesus. It has all the aspects of a great classic heroine.

Why cities will travel the work?

Ahead there are representations of the work in many places, at least a hundred in total, mostly in churches and convents. But it is a suitable work for both believers and non-believers because he speaks with a natural language and direct. There are songs and hymns from the time of Teresa, the sixteenth century, a mixture of religious and secular music. There are moments of humor and sadness…

We have already presented the work in Gotarrendura, Avila and Alba de Tormes and, at each site, was a pleasure to see that churches were filled with people of all ages and most excited. Telling the life of Santa Teresa is having an incredible story, courageous, suffering but also of success and happiness. Only in the month of March we have, about, about six functions. The 29 March we will be again in the Convent of the Annunciation in Alba de Tormes where the tomb of the Holy is.

What does it mean for you the presentation of this work in full celebration of the V Centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa?

It is a unique opportunity to demonstrate that a woman who lived five hundred years ago can still inspire people today and, mainly, say to contemporary women; demonstrating his strength, intelligence, tenderness, wisdom, delivery and capacity to love. Teresa was a pioneer in the struggle of women for equality, their rights and their contribution to humanity. Unfortunately many women still live without rights, not even freedom, freedom to study, work, to take part in major decisions that affect all… Teresa fought for this freedom and had to face major obstacles and that's what I try to convey.

Is the first time in his career directing a work of religious nature?

I come from Dublin, where there has always been a strong spiritual influence on our authors. For better or for worse, the church has played an important role in my nature as an artist and writer. Also the church has always had a link with the theater. Speaking of theater without thinking of the spirit is difficult.

I have made several works related to saints and religious themes. During the EXPO 92 Sevilla rode an organ concert in the cathedral and another in a convent in the same city. I went in Elche The Angel of the Apocalypse, a play on San Vicente Ferrer. In Toledo I staged The lone bird, dealing with the imprisonment of John of the Cross in Toledo. In Ciudad Rodrigo I have worked in The Passion both as director and actor, in movies, I acted in the film Paul of Tarsus.

Was easy to avoid the clichés and prejudices that are often associated with religion to get closer to human subjects?

I hope my vision for Santa Teresa serves to demonstrate that any saint or holy, first and foremost, He was a human being like us. And when I speak of holy not only make reference to the Catholic saints but also those which are not Catholics demonstrate holiness, this light that transmits goodness, great charity, love to the next, humility and generosity of spirit. In my extensive research on Teresa before writing the work I spoke with people of different faiths and all spoke well of it. It is an accessible woman and a symbol for many women from diverse cultures and social positions.