Making porn in Catalan is possible

Those who understand it say that, for a language to be complete, it must be present in all areas.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
24 March 2024 Sunday 16:54
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Making porn in Catalan is possible

Those who understand it say that, for a language to be complete, it must be present in all areas. Those who express this idea tend to put pornography as an example of this normality sought in relation to the Catalan language. We already know that, in this cinematographic genre, dialogues are scarce. But here too it is important that a language has its presence.

This season, the Liberal Arts Center of the Joan Brossa Foundation has programmed three works by Queralt Riera, a playwright who made her debut with lining and handcuffs. He has just released Pruna, about sexual abuse and catharsis, but since this section is about linguistic curiosities, I will focus on the previous one, which finished performances last week and will be touring. I am referring to Jo porn, tu porno, directed by Magda Puyo and starring Alba Sáez and Encarni Sánchez.

This pair of actresses tell me how intense it is for them to carry out the role: they are a couple and one is a porn actress. The work is not an allegation against pornography, but against a class of sexist and rapist pornography, where women are only sexual objects.

Focusing on the language, Riera's treatment of it caught my attention. Often, in fictional dialogues the tendency to use Castilianisms is high, too high. There are those who justify it because of the verisimilitude, because of how people talk on the street. It must be remembered that everything is a convention. People who play a role on stage are not who they say they are, and we believe it. That is why the Catalan language alone does not need to carry the verisimilitude of the entire work. Nothing is real, everything is convention. Also the language. That's why I stand up to applaud the linguistic choices that Riera has chosen in Jo porn, tu porno.

Between words like xones, patates, carquinyolis, mammalam, cigales, titoles, fica-treu, escorrese, eixarrancar se I copy a sentence that reflects this richness and respect for the language, which Queralt Riera declares that he has for Catalan, Spanish and English, the languages ​​with which he works: "A lot of men massage her and swallow her, and touch her and stick to her, inside the vagina or inside the eye of the ass, and they salt her with their tongues and they slip over or into the holes, or wherever they can, and now one and now the other, and the other. And the other one who had previously put a finger in her ass now rubs the crayfish in the middle of her thighs as if he was numbing her."

If you want to know more, follow the Jo porn, tu porno tour or read the book Teatre reunit by Queralt Riera (Arola Editors), which has just been published: a watermark at the service of performing arts.