Joan Vázquez (Ocaña), Marc Sambola (Guitar)
Ocaña on the Ramblas of Barcelona, Ocaña in front of the Brandenburg Gate, in the early 80s, when the Berlinale showed a film about him – about his extravagant appearances, his provocative performances until his bizarre death in the flames of a dress he designed himself. Ocaña was an artist, a rebel and a drag queen, his life and work making a mark far
beyond Barcelona and Spain, which at the time was beginning to break free from the rigidity of a patriarchal, authoritarian regime of General Franco.
We celebrate Ocaña’s 75th birthday on 3/24/2022 and two more performances with Joan Vázquez as queer icon and Marc Sambola, guitar, in a guest performance of the hit production of our Catalan co-producers OBNC, directed by Marc Rosich.
The play Ocaña – Queen of the Ramblas was written by the Catalan director and much-played author Marc Rosich and the composer and guitarist Marc Sambola in 2018, commissioned by the Neuköllner Oper, at that time with Denis Fischer as Ocaña and with “his” music, the coplas, the passionate Spanish “hits” that deal with great feelings in small everyday life and so much more
. Due to its great success, OCAÑA. KÖNIGIN DER RAMBLAS 2018/19 here on Berlin for revival as well as to Barcelona. There set up for the award-winning actor and singer Joan Vázquez and Marc Sambola on guitar, this version celebrated success as a grandiose one-man show over the years and was awarded the Critics’ Prize and Audience Award Barcelona 2019.
Roberto G. Alonso
MAKE UP DESIGN
Isaías Fanlo / Joan Gastó
in Spanish with German Subtitles