Francisco Valcarce is the director of La Machina Theater, a professional company founded in Santander in 1991 and author of more than thirty original productions, where they think about the performing arts as a poetic pollution strategy. Individual songs with a political component, such as isolation, desolation or violence, are dramatized through the effective use of dramatic resources, great acting job and usually an ironic language.
Some company’s productions are “La sucursal” by Isaac Cuende, which deals with slavery disguised as begging; “Palabra de Hierro” a show based on Pepe Hierro‘s poems which assumes the challenge of approaching to the limit of the poetic language construction from the dramatic event; and Slawomir Mrozek‘s “En alta mar”, directed by Francisco Valcarce, who posed permanent life issues as the power struggle, the capricious organization hierarchies and the distribution of wealth, from a fierce dispute arising from issue of cannibalism.
In the work of La Machina also highlights children theater. Works such as Nino D’Introna and Giaccomo Ravicchio‘s “Robinson y Crusoe”, directed by Carlos Herans and “Grillos y luciérnagas” directed by Valeria Frabetti, transmit the values of friendship or commitment in painstaking assembly where fantasy and the amazing are incorporated into humorous texts.
The company is linked since the outset with the Theatre Group of the University of Cantabria through several training activities, such as the UC Theatre Workshop, and the organization of the International Exhibition of Contemporary Theatre, “Teatro en el Campus”, since 1990.