Rediscovering Spanish Musical Theatre:
Exploring an Intercultural Adaptation of Copla
My research focuses on questions of cultural identity and the formation of Spanish Music Theatre. My enquiry consists on finding a way for re-discovering the Spanish Musical Theatre tradition, extinct since mid 20th Century and replaced in Spain by foreign (mostly American) adapted musical theatre. My practice-based method consists on exploring intercultural adaptation processes in the creation of an original piece that integrates song and text of Spanish Copla into a plot-driven narrative and its embodiment in the space with Spanish folkloric elements such as flamenco choreography.
Alejandro was born and raised in Madrid, Spain but he has trained internationally in France, USA and UK at:
- Central School of Speech & Drama: (London, UK)
- Illinois Wesleyan University: (Illinois, USA)
- Université Paris VIII Vincennes-Saint Denis: (France)
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).
He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French and Italian, and has a background in Journalism and Media Studies.
He currently works as a drama lecturer, actor and director.
- 2011 The Trial of the Mariner. Hoxton Hall. Lotos Collective.
- 2011 The Copla Musical (actor and director). Hoxton Hall. The His-Panic Breakdown.
- 2010 Men on the Verge of a His-Panic breakdown. (actor and director) Henley Fringe Festival (UK)
- 2010 Episodes (TV). Role: Ernesto, Showtime (BBC)
- 2010 Skin Deep/ Cloud Cuckoo Land. (Musical). George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths (London)
- 2010 Journeys of love and more love. Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells (London)
- 2007 Stürmen... malgré la pluie. Théâtre du Soleil (Paris, France)
- 2007 Vmmm… Dancer. Théâtre du Lierre (Paris)
- 2005 The Wizard of Oz. Scarecrow. National Tour (Spain)