In 1799, the great Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes completed his masterful book of etchings and engravings, Los Caprichos after a long illness. Los Caprichos was a no holds barred critique of what the artist saw as the inequalities and injustices in his society. It nearly cost him his life.
Armando Bayolo’s Los Caprichos is the culmination of five years of work which began with Caprichos, featured in 2013 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and in 2014 at the Bang on a Can Marathon. Taking Francisco de Goya’s 1799 etchings collection as inspiration, Bayolo’s work addresses questions of social mores, superstition, power imbalances, and other injustices that are as relevant today as they were in the 18th century Spanish court through the use of ironic juxtapositions, humor and grotesquerie.
In 2018, Margeaux Martine began developing a theatrical production around Bayolo’s music and Goya’s etchings to expand the experience of Los Caprichos into a wordless opera for actors, projections and music. Arcturus and GNE presented the first workshop of these scenes at the 2018 Page to Stage Festival.
GNE, in partnership with Arcturus Theater Company, now present the second workshop of Armando Bayolo’s and Margeaux Martine’s Goya’s Los Caprichos. Great Noise premiered the concert version of Los Caprichos last season to great acclaim. This season, we are working with Arcturus Theater to present the fully realized staged version of this truly innovative and imaginative production. Please join us on February 22, 2020 at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ for this performance, workshopping scenes of witchcraft, good and evil and the fight for justice in an unjust world.
Saturday, February 22, 2020. 8:00 p.m. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ.