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Instituto Municipal de Cultura y Artes de Mazatlán

The terrifying universe of An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe took over Casa Haas, a show in which music, chronicle and poetry unveiled the disturbed psychic content of this great figure of universal literature.

At the beginning of the show, the pianist Sergio Castellanos corrupted the scene with the disturbing Dance Macabre op. 40 by Camille Saint Saenz, a song with a gloomy structure in which the actress and singer Flor Estrada pretended to be a mentally ill woman terrified by the fear of her own mental demons.

As if an imaginary penumbra fell on the house in Nathan Shirley’s Black Cat and Frederic Chopin’s Funeral March, the pieces seized the senses of the audience that let the dark line of the show flow without the distraction of their cell phones.

Between piece and piece, Flor Estrada expanded on the historical, narrative and poetic discourse of Edgar Allan Poe to recreate from the first person of the character the passages of a quiet childhood and an adulthood dominated by alcoholism, hallucinations, feelings of guilt and pain for murder, an apparent redemption with himself and finally madness.

For lovers of terror and fans of the writer, An evening with Edgar Allan Poe ended in the best way: with a superb performance by Sergio Castellanos in El Cuervo op. 20 and the declamation of that namesake poem that immortalized the American with the nickname “El Cuervo”.

At the end of the show, Flor Estrada and Sergio Castellanos and their collaborators were rewarded with loud applause from the public.