Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dispatches from Mexico

From Internationalists Co-Founding Members Tamilla Woodard and Ana Margineanu,

For the last 10 days we have been investigating the theatrical climate of 2 major cities in Mexico: Mexico City and Querétaro. Although the scene in Mexico is obviously vibrant we found ourselves not able to see as much as we desired because the theatre season doesn't restart until late January. In spite of that, we have managed to meet amazing artists, see incredible performance on stage and in rehearsals and to conduct a series of interviews with performing artists of many genres that explore the perspective of the local artists in the international scene. This is a sneak preview of an initiative we will launch in March highlighting the most interesting artists we've meet with clips of performance and interviews. Special thanks to Dann Cazes our new friend who acted as both guide and translator for most of our visit.

AND NOW...We are proud to present Circo Teatro, a social circus in Querétaro, Mexico.

"It is our first day in Querétaro. We are having our first walk through one of many beautiful plazas filled with people enjoying the warm winter evening. We can not help but to notice two individuals towering over the others in the plaza by more than 6 feet. They are on stilts and between spectacular moves, approach us and invite us to follow them to a performance just down the street, around the corner and in the forth house on the right. We decide to ignore our instincts telling us to not follow tall dark strangers into unknown houses at night. However, we were...intrigued and since they were performing just for tips we thought this might be a great chance to get the nights entertainment for cheap (fully recognizing, of course that we might be taking a chance at being the nights entertainment, ourselves). When we arrive we find a circus tent in the middle of a house already filled with audience. Despite the hour, there are young children, grown women, old men all tightly packed onto raisers, cheerfully chatting, eating and drinking. I must say, we fully expected an amature performance. However, we were in for 2 glorious hours of daring, funny, stupid and virtuosic performance from company performers as young as 15 years old. We LAUGHED. We WOWED. We CHEERED and we felt transported into a beautiful past time when theatre was meant for everybody. "- tamilla and Ana.

Here is a short clip of one of CIRCO TEATRO'S acts followed by an excerpt from the interview we did with the company the next day. Stay tuned for a posting of the entire interview and more performance clips in March.

Circo Teatro Lyra and Stilts from Tamilla Woodard on Vimeo.

Circo Teatro, January '11 interview excerpt-Collaboration from Tamilla Woodard on Vimeo.

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