The public will be the protagonist of the 21st Max Awards of Performing Arts

The public will be the axis on which the gala of the 21st edition of the Max Performing Arts Awards. An explicit and emotional tribute to the spectators who will participate actively in the ceremony for the first time. Organized by the SGAE Foundation, the Max Awards ceremony will be held at the Cartuja Center CITE of Seville the next Monday, June 18, at 9:30 p.m., and it will be retransmitted by The 2 of Spanish Television (TVE) from 23 hours.

Directed by Alfonso Zurro (Salamanca, 1953), the gala will be conducted by the popular actress and humorist Cristina Medina. It is not by chance his election as artistic director of this gala. Zurro, who resides in Seville, knows the Andalusian Performing Arts very well: "It is a land of talent and art, we have great Andalusian artists and we export a lot of culture. However, budgets are so limited that professionals are forced to leave here. We hope that with the Max Awards we will be able to make this problem visible, "says Zurro, who is also a finalist as best stage director for his work in Luces de Bohemia.

A gala to give the floor to the public

The protagonist sentiment of the public is the main axis on which this ceremony that has a script of Juan Carlos Rubio and scenery Curt Allen Wilmer that has opted for a "conceptual space, modern and radical."

"We want to make a fun gala, to enjoy it, in which the public does not remain in someone else's and plays an important role. We will give him the floor, the performances will be held around him and the stage will have a single mirror that will project the images of the stalls ", continues Zurro.

In this sense, José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, president of the SGAE Foundation, states: "The public is a fundamental pillar in the Performing Arts, without which our work would not make sense. Because without someone to feel, someone to move, without a receiver to transmit the value of what the authors do, the arts would be meaningless. It is their approval that moves us as creators. Therefore, from the SGAE Foundation we work on the formation of new audiences because we are convinced that without them, there is no future or present. "

The gala will also feature the performances of Mayte Martín, the Flamenco Ballet of Andalusia, La Shica, The Curse of Marlboro Men and the Antílopez group.

This edition of the Max Awards has the collaboration of the Seville City Council, Seville Tourism, INAEM, Cartuja Center CITE, Ernst & Young, Fluge, Campos & Rial, the School of Dramatic Art of Seville (ESAD) and the Andalusian Center of Dance (CAD).

Three special prizes

In addition to the 19 contest categories, this year there are three special awards: Max de Honor, which has recognized the career of the dramatist and theater director José Sanchís Sinisterra; Max Amateur or Social Character, this time for Dance Mobile; and the Special Max of the Public for Joc de xiquetes of Bullanga, in which more than five thousand people have voted for their favorite shows through a mobile application and the website of the Max Awards.

Organized by the SGAE Foundation since 1998, the Max Awards, whose prize is designed by the poet and artist Joan Brossa (Barcelona-1919/1999), promoter of one of the renewing collectives of post-war Spanish art, have been consolidated as over these years as the broadest recognition in the field of Performing Arts in the Spanish State.

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