El Patio Teatro (ES)
A Mano (By Hand) is a story told with clay, the story of a small character with a great desire to escape from a shop window and its inhabitants.
It is a love story, a story about small failures, a potter’s wheel, a cup that breathes, two people with great enthusiasm, a tiny pottery workshop and four hands that play.
The Rioja’s theatre company El Patio was born from a need to share with audiences different stories from everyday life that excite them, or they care about and deeply touch them.
Those stories serve them as an excuse to seek out their own language to tell them on stage.
A mano (By Hand) is their first show. It’s been described as a small gift, a jewel, a delicious artisan-made play… ‘a theatrical diamond like a tribute to an aging artisan in agony’ in the words of journalist Jonas Sáinz.
THE PRESS SAID:
“A small size show but a real gem full of tenderness, sensitivity, poetry and charm. The manipulation of the puppets and the creativity on stage are extraordinary. ‘A mano’ should be seen and enjoyed by all people who love puppets and theatre creations made with love, talent and sensibility”.
FERRÁN BAILE – Portal Jovespectacle.cat
“Moving, full of tenderness, humour, surprise, magic and sadness… A small wonder”.
JONÁS SÁINZ. DIARIO DE LA RIOJA 2012
The “patio” as a meeting place, a place for reflection, listening, searching and playing…
El Patio Teatro was created in 2010 by Julian Sáenz-López (Nájera, 1982) and Izaksun Fernandez (Viana, 1987).
The company was founded upon their need to share with audiences stories from everyday life that happen around them, and aim them to seek out their own language to tell them on stage. This search has driven them to take refuge in objects to alive them in a small format, playing with their own hands, like they do in A MANO (BY HAND), their very first creation together, where terracotta, modeling and theatre come together.
Since its release in 2012, A MANO (By Hand) has been widely recognized and acclaimed by critics, theatre professionals and audiences. In Spain it has received several theatre awards and also they have got the unanimous applause from international audiences and critics getting important recognizion such as the Best Show Award” at 2015 KUSS Festival in Marburg, Germany, the Award for exceptional and refined mastery in puppetry IMPULS Festival, Bucharest (Romania), Nov 2015 and many others.
They have toured in the most important venues and festivals in Spain and have performed in prestigious international venues and festivals such as IMAGINATE, BABORÓ, DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL, BELFAST CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, TAKE OFF, THE UNICORN, PANOPTIKUM FESTIVAL, LES COUPS DE THÉÂTRE, ASSITEJ KOREA SUMMER FESTIVAL, KORCZAK FESTIVAL, MARIONNETTISSIMO, À TOUT AGE, STARKE STUCKE and many more…