THE WEE SPANISH MOBILE LIBRARY
by Club Soletes (2016)
Since 2016, Sònia has worked as a Storyteller and currently as well as a Project Coordinator for the Wee Spanish Mobile Library. It is a project by Familias en Glasgow-Club Soletes funded by Big Lottery Scotland and Foundation Scotland. Through it, its library and storytelling are carried around Glasgow visiting parks for outdoor sessions, schools and nurseries. The storytelling happens both in Spanish -outdoor sessions- and in English -schools and nurseries- teaching Spanish in tales tailored to fit the Curriculum for Excellence.
WHAT I KNOW (ABOUT WHAT MY GRANDFATHER DIDN’T KNOW)
by Sònia Gardés (2017)
Sònia Gardés created this 70 minutes performance for adults for The Village Storytelling Festival 2017 as a commissioned artist for the Village Storytelling Centre. The show brings together storytelling and live-streamed object theatre to tell the story about a mysterious family patriarch who the family stopped talking about after the Spanish Civil War.
When political disagreements with her whole family became the centre of her life, Sònia started wondering about that mysterious figure in the story of the family who had gone on exile 80 years ago and who nobody talks about. Did he go through the same isolation? Would he argue with her as well? Was he alive, would he be the political and emotional support she is lacking? What happened to his believes and to the others who thought the same as him? Can you kill an idea?
Breaking the silence built around the patriarch of her family, Sònia starts a journey inside the anarchist movement of the Spanish Civil War, and dives into a sea of old photos, objects, and answers that awake more questions, trying to establish this intergenerational conversation that never could happen.