It is no secret that the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many, both young and old. The health crisis raised questions about interpersonal relationships and care, towards others but also towards ourselves. The pandemic found Laura de la Isla alone in a small apartment in Madrid. Art, which became “a kind of life support for society,” was the interpreter’s escape route. Then, the forced imprisonment was the definite impetus to start writing a play: Bestia.
« Concerns about mental and emotional health began to arise, as I had a bad time with anxiety and panic attacks, and I also saw how people around me were suffering, who came to me for help. I realized that everyone was in dire straits with a sense of distress and lostness, or that there were people who didn’t even know how they felt or how they could ask for help,” de la Isla recalls. Are.
«The suicide of Verónica Forqué, which she saw the day before walking down the street and which she greatly admired, was one of the triggers to say that enough is enough, that we have nothing to hide or feel ashamed of There’s nothing. We need each other more than ever. And, as an actress and artist, I felt it was my responsibility to do something about it and share my fears and anxieties, transform them through art, heal myself and do my bit about this issue, Which is great urgency. That we share for our own good and among all. It is important to me that mental and emotional health is discussed both in society and in the arts.
As travel was not possible in 2020, Caine welcomed him for two weeks in Caineau to develop Bestia, a theatrical monologue based on The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch. “This amazing triptych was a kind of portal that allowed me to talk about the human condition and see how I live myself,” she says. Thus, de la Isla plays three characters who belong to the past, present, and future: cuernuda, bestia, and futuria.
“There is a special bond between the two who are the three voices in the painting and who belong to different key moments,” he explains. “None of these sound bad, because we need them all. The time has come to remove the blanket we wear over our heads and show our animal selves for the good of all,” he says .
In this sense, the producers point out that Bestia is a “transmedia” proposition whose process is nourished by the experiences of others, but inspired by its own. In fact, the profiles of @lauradelaisla and @bestiaproductions on social networks have raised some questions about the relationship and care they share. Likewise, it is an interdisciplinary project, as it combines physical expression with audiovisual content.
So far, de la Isla has designed and produced Bestia Solo, but there are already fifteen women who are part of the artistic and technical team, with Xenia Reguante as director. They are currently looking for production companies for the project, which they hope to premiere in Mallorca at the end of the year. In July, he will take up residence at Cine in Sineu in an agreement with the Teatre Principal in Palma.