2019

Aina de Cos

Actress and playwright

Spain

From October 30 to November 5, 2019

Biography —

She graduated from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. As a playwright she has been trained at the Sala Beckett Obrador’s and at several international stages such as the Director’s Lab Melbourne Theater Festival or La Rebelión de las Voces in Santiago de Chile.

In 2016 she won the Teatre Principal of Palma Prize “On women” with Only when it rains, that was also part of the IDÒ Balearic Contemporary Playwright’s Week, Sala Beckett (2017) and selected for the 11th Women Playwrights International Conference in Santiago de Chile. 

She won the Teatre de Butxaca award (2018) and the Barcelona Pindoles Festival (2019) with The gas station’s girl. The piece has been premiered in several festivals around the country.

Recently, she has won the first prize Relats Breus Ses Salines with Fumata Blanca and published Miyocardium Stilletto by Editorial Acto Primero presented at the Madrid’s XX Salón del Libro Teatral.

Project a Faber —

In the Faber Residence I want to start the draft of Mar de tierra, first part of Oleaje o la memoria del silencio.

The novel tries to explore, through three generations of women of the same family, the silence as part of a baggage that had to make their to survive to a pain that could not be shown in public; and as that pain was anchored so much inside, that it has been dragged without cicatrizing of generation in generation. Just like the remains of a boat that comes from distant storms and that we think does not belong to us, but that so much so, is part of our history.

Activity —

La Noia de la Benzinera (The Gas Station Girl)

Olot | November 3, 2019

The activity at the Faber Residecy consisted of a dramatised reading in the Olot Library of La Noia de la Benzinera (The Gas Station Girl), a text that won the Ciutadella 2018 Pocket Theatre Prize and the Barcelona 2019 Pills Prize.

La Noia de la Benzinera is a short theatre play written and directed by Aina de Cos for two actresses that aims to reflect on violence against women in our patriarchal society based on some real facts that at the time caused all women to go out into the street sharing the same cry: “Sister, I do believe you”. 

The dramatised reading took place during my stay at the Faber Residency, (from 30 October to 5 November) on 3 November 2019, in Catalan, with the actress Montserrat Mundet. Previously, a reading was organized in Spanish for the companions of the residence, where the writer and poet Karla Alma Sandoval collaborated reading one of the roles. Afterwards, a small colloquium was organised in English where gender violence and the culture of rape, machismo and patriarchy were discussed.