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With Profound Dignity - Sonia Carmona Tapia

with Profound Dignity

De Profunda Dignitatis

In her play Sonia Carmona Tapia commemorates two Spanish Roma women. One of them is Emilia Fernández Rodríguez, the first Roma woman who was beatified, in 2017. The other one is Gabriela Ortega Gómez, the first Roma performing artist with a university degree. The actress tells their stories in the first person, with poetic narrative, changing the roles in surreal situations. Two stories of two heroines unfold parallelly. They both stood up for their own values and beliefs opposing the authorities of the time: one of them fought communism and the other one the Franco-regime.
"On 25th January 1939, I died, according to my medical chart, of some infection. My remains were buried in a common grave in Almeria. I chose well. The militia of the second Spanish Republic locked me up and let me die with my unborn child."


Writer:Jaime E. Vicent Bohórquez
Performer:Sonia Carmona Tapia
Translator (Hungarian, English): Júlia Vida
Premiered:2018, Roma Heroes – II. International Roma Storytelling Festival, Budapest, HU



The Spanish Civil War in Spain was fought from 1936 to 1939. The Republicans loyal to the left-leaning Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic, in alliance with the anarchists of the communist and syndicalist variety, fought against a revolution by the Nationalists, an alliance of Falangists, monarchists, conservatives and traditionalists, led by a military group among whom General Francisco Franco soon achieved a preponderant role. Due to the international political climate at the time, the war had many facets and was variously viewed as class struggle, a religious struggle, a struggle between dictatorship and republican democracy, between revolution and counter-revolution, and between fascism and communism.

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‘Then the two dead women start to speak: Sonia Carmona Tapia lies on the ground and the fate of the two women is re-created through her monologue: they are happy, they say, that they can be here, and they can be in the play, so they live on in the Roma tales. Even at this point, the emotional and passionate performance does not immerse itself in the frequent self-pity of martyrdom but conveys something of the lives of women who become symbolic.’


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excerpts from the play
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 1: ©Alina Vincze_Sonia Carmona

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