JOANA CASTELL: THE FOREST PROJECT

I remember that when I was in Barcelona university, when I returned home for the summer holidays, year after year, my father always asked me the same question: but what exactly were you studying? I kept the poor man very confused: I started Philology but I realized that what interested me was the historical framework of books, so I decided to start History, but there I discovered that the most important thing for me was to understand the social and cultural organization of every era for which I finished Anthropology. When I had to work I had a crisis, of course, then I remembered that as a child I wanted to direct films so I escaped to Cuba for two years to study cinema (I still don’t understand how I convinced my father of it) and then, when I returned, I still wanted get into a documentary master’s degree. At that time at my house they had already thrown in the towel, I was already working writing scripts for IB3 tv so they stopped asking because with the little I earned I was already supporting myself. Most of what I have worked has been in the Theater where I have gone through many roles: I have produced, I have been an assistant director, I have written, I have directed, I have acted, I have even made a wardrobe without really knowing how to sew!… For teamwork like drama, it is very useful to have “lived” the work of your colleagues.

When Gloria asked me to write a review about me for the newsletter, I felt an attack of modesty: “talk about what motivates you,” she told me. So, thinking about everything that has been done, I realized why after so much traveling, what motivates me is to learn. For example, it has always been difficult for me to give my opinion in public so I decided to participate in debates on the radio, and for my eternal balance problems, I am learning to control them through dance. Sometimes I laugh alone when I find myself dancing surrounded by women in their twenties and think: what am I doing here at forty-eight, spinning and tripping over my own feet? But then I look at one of my teachers, who at sixty moves in an incredibly fluid and confident way, and then it all makes sense. The thing that attracts me most is what is difficult for me and everything I don’t know how to do it, paradoxically that limit gives me a lot of freedom and mental breadth.

This year I have started to collaborate with Pau in the Forest Project and I am enjoying accompanying the children of the school in the transformation of this rather barren space into a future forest. This will take time, dedication, patience and faith, but it is a path that will be full of learning in company, so I can’t imagine a better plan.

After this, the next thing I plan to do is enroll in primary school in Sa Llavor, because for Nursery level, I already look a little older.

2021-05-27T13:54:18+00:00 May 27th, 2021|