Let us introduce to you Antzoki Teatteri, the winner of the Josep Clusa Price!

Do you remember the Josep Clusa Price winner from this year? We present you Antzoki Teatteri, the winner. You can get to know them a bit more because of our interview with Tony Casla, the artistic director of Antzoki Teatteri. He was born in Mallorca, half Finnish who decided to create Antzoki Teatter in Madrid and then to move them to Barcelona!

Tony, first of all, we would like to thank you for this virtual moment that we can share and for your time to answer our questions. Explain us who is Tony, which roll does he have in the company and your trajectory?

Tony Casla, the actor, dramaturge and scenic director. He founded Antzoki Teatteri in Madrid in 2012 and then he moved to Barcelona in 2014. The company has produced 5 shows written by Tony Casla and 3 directed by him. He is the artistic director of the company.

He works as an actor from his early beginning in Mallorca where he was born. He studied interpretation in La Casona, in Barcelona. ESAD Eòlia graduates him in scenic direction studies and dramaturgy.

And now, the first obligatory question about the name “Antzoki Teatteri”, why this one?

Antzoki means theatre in Bask language and Teatteri means theatre in Finnish. So it means “theatre theatre”. The one of the first actors of the company was Maitane Aldako and she is from Bask country and Tony Casla is half Finnish. That’s why the intercultural name.

And how does your company work day by day?

Antzoki Teatteri is linked with the social theatre. All of ours shows need to have a message to change the world for the better one or at least we should try to do it. When we work on the new show, we meet from 3 till 5 times per week and we are on tour, we meet some days before the show just to have it fresh. We premiere two shows every year. The last year we’ve just created only one called “Envolverse en el abismo” because the other two “Romeo y Julieta, una mirada distinta” and “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” have had a lot of shows, fortunately.

And your show “Romeo y Julieta, una mirada distanta”, can you explain us a bit about it? Especially for those that we couldn’t see it on l’Altre Festival in Barcelona.

It is a love story between two youngsters with mental health issues. Romeo has a Tourette syndrome with autism and Julieta has an Asperger. Her parents don’t want to have a relationship with other person with mental health issues and they try to impossibility their relationship. We are going to see a Romeo and Julia’s tragedy that we know the final and we didn’t want to change it. That’s why both of them dye too. The strong empathy is provoked on public with those two and that’s what we were looking for: show that love doesn’t have labels. It happens and that’s it. It’s really simple. 

Why do you thing that the l’Altre Festival public voted for your show? Which highlights are the most important?

Love, the universal topic that makes that people feel so identified with the show. The parents emphasize with Romeo’s mother because she wants the best for her son even though she’s wrong with her decision. The Julie’s sister is other personage with whom brothers and sisters emphasize because they can identify the injustices. But Romeo and Julie are just people who get in love. It doesn’t matter if they are children or if they are 20 or 50 years old, if they have mental health issues or cold; they are just human beings in love. And that’s what public can feel during the show. They laugh, cry, feel totally powerless…it’s an emotional trip. For us the public is the spirit of the show. From the early beginning in Mexico 3 years ago, passing throw all Argentina’s and Catalunya’s cities and the rest of Spain we’ve received a lot of love from the public that we can’t describe. The Josep Clusa Price is really nice because it has been received from the l’Altre Festival public. That’s why is so wonderful.