MADRID, Spain, September 12, 2005 "“ This fall one of Europe's most exhilarating culture capitals is offering up an extensive month-long calendar of music, theatre and dance. From October 6 to November 6, Madrid's Autumn Festival, or Festival de Otoño, will feature international artists performing at some 36 venues in and around the city. From Shakespearean tragedies to Japanese puppet theatre, from jazz concerts to musical theatre and from gypsy opera to contemporary flamenco, visitors and Madrileños will be entertained for thirty days with the choice of up to 13 different shows on some days.
The 22nd annual Autumn Festival kicks off October 6 with "100 x 100 Serrat," a concert series by Catalan singer Joan Manuel Serrat that will continue at the Albéniz Theater October 7-9 and 12-16. The sounds of jazz, samba, funk and rock will fill Madrid as French rock musician Yann Tiersen (10/11), Argentine-American rocker Kevin Johansen and The Nada (10/13) and Brazilian samba star Elza Soares (10/14) perform at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (RESAD). From October 13-16, the Goren Bregovic Company will present "Karmen," a gypsy opera at the Teatro Español. At the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Jazz sextet Racalmuto will perform October 20 and the Spanish rock bands Dead Capo and Dwomo will play October 21 and 22 respectively. Continuing Spain's celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Cervantes' masterpiece continue, Jordi Savall presents "Miguel de Cervantes and the Music of Don Quixote" on November 1 also at the Teatro Español.
Shakespeare takes center stage at this year's festival with works performed by such renowned companies as Meno Fortas presenting "Macbeth" (10/15-16), ""Othello" (10/18-19) and "Hamlet (10/21-23) and The Watermill Theatre staging "The Winter's Tale" (10/26-29) "“ all at the Centro Dramático Nacional Teatro Maria Guerrero. Complicite will perform "Measure for Measure" (10/20-22) at the Teatro de Madrid and the Comédie Française will present "The Liar" (10/21-23) at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Declared a Masterwork of Oral Patrimony by UNESCO, Bunraku, the Japanese puppet theatre of Ningyo Johruri will be at the Teatro Español (10/19-23).
Dance companies from France, Britain and Spain will perform contemporary pieces like "Mingus Cuernavaca," Enzo Cormann's homage to the jazz great, directed by Emilio del Valle at the Centro Cultural Paco Rabal (10/8 & 9) and at the Sala Cuarta Pared (10/26-29). Britain's DV 8 Theatre's "Just for Show" will be at the Teatro de Madrid (10/13-15). "Ma Vie de Chandelle" by Fabrice Melquiot directed by Carme Portacelli (10/28-31) will be performed at the Círcolo de Bellas Artes and "Ciquitraque," a program of contemporary flamenco by the Malucos Dance Company will be presented at RESAD (10/19-22 and 11/5).
Prices and times of Madrid's Fall Festival (October 6 – November 6) vary by venue and performance. Information in English will be available shortly on www.madrid.org. For other questions about Spain, contact the Tourist Office of Spain at 212-265-8822, or www.okspain.org