La zanja


  • Theatre
  • Premiere in Madrid
  • Country: España
  • Idioma: español
  • Approximate run-time: 1 hour 30 minutes (no intermission)
  • Premiere: 2017
Playwright: Diego Lorca and Pako Merino
Director: Diego Lorca and Pako Merino
Performers: Diego Lorca and Pako Merino
Sound Design: Jonatan Bernabeu
Music composition: Jonatan Bernabeu
Lighting design: Albert Anglada and Diego Lorca
Stage design: Titzina Teatre S.L.
Stage construction: Núria Espinach and Taller de Escenografía Castells
Wardrobe: Núria Espinach
Production: Titzina Teatre S.L.
Titzina knows what to say and how to say it”.
La Vanguardia

Miquel is a technician at a mining multinational who goes to a gold mining operation his company has in South America. There, mayor Alfredo and the community await the new ‘discoverer’. The ambitions, opportunities and consequences of establishing this new gold mine will set the path for the town’s future and the relationships between neighbours. A meeting of two worlds and two different ways of viewing life that allegorically transports us back to 1532, when conquistador Francisco Pizarro—also seeking gold—stepped for the first time on the land that is today Peru and came into contact with the Inca civilisation and its emperor Atahualpa. But, what does this story of conquistadors and colonisation have to do with the destiny of the lead actors in this piece? Could we have inherited the consequences of his actions?

The crucial moment in which these two cultures, separated by thousands of kilometres, merged together to trace a historic line reaching into the modern day was the starting point for La zanja (The Ditch), a show by the Titzina company, a leading troupe that after successfully tackling issues like madness, war and death, now reflects in this tragicomedy on the particular clash of civilisations between Europe and the Americas and their collective history. Why, despite the differences, do we recognise in the other details that we thought exclusive to our culture? At what point do we share the journey that made us so similar?

A stamp by the theatrical investigation so typical of Titzina, La zanja could be nothing other than a fast-paced and imaginative tale, fruit of a thorough work of creation and anthropological journalism, which Pako Merino and Diego Lorca—playwrights, directors and actors—have created by travelling to Peru and studying chronicles from that era. A clash between two worlds, an infinite cycle condemned to keep repeating itself. A story of great importance, both tragic and ironic, resounding with echoes from a past over five centuries ago.

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