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Alt Title(s): Guayabo theater workshop
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Workshop held in Guayabo, Chicha, Peru, in Feb. 1994.
Synopsis: Video documentation of the first of a series of workshops conducted by members of Peruvian theater ensemble Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani in collaboration with local and international artists. The workshops, celebrated with children and youth of the Afro-Peruvian community of Guayabo (Chicha, Peru), were meant to explore and revalue the Afro-Peruvian cultural heritage through theater, plastic/visual ...
Alt Title(s): Ana Correa's pedagogical demonstration
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru.
Synopsis: In this video, Ana Correa (one of the founding and still active members of Peruvian theater ensemble Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani) demonstrates her acting technique to a group of students, complemented with further commentary by Yuyachkani's artistic director Miguel Rubio. Correa believes that the body is an actor's instrument; in this pedagogical demonstration she focuses on her body work and her w...
Alt Title(s): First supper
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed at Casa Yuyachkani, Lima, Peru, on Nov. 22, 1996.
Synopsis: This play, directed by Teresa Ralli and created in collaboration with Ana Correa, Rebecca Ralli and Lucia Lora in 1996, explores the interplay between women's subjective realm and the social sphere, in the line of the broader ongoing investigation on women's issues developed by the female members of the Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani. Three friends meet up to cook and share a supper on the last day of...
Alt Title(s): Escape bus
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in May 2002.
Synopsis: Street action created by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani in May 2002 and performed during the 'Semana Anticorrupción' (AntiCorruption week) in Lima, Peru. After the fall of the Fujimori Presidency in 2001, the extent of governmental corruption and its key players were being exposed, by means of documentation which demonstrated that members of Fujimori's Cabinet had accepted bribes, in addition to embez...
Alt Title(s): Teresa Ralli's pedagogical demonstration
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Cardiff, United Kingdom, in July 1993.
Synopsis: In this pedagogical demonstration, Teresa Ralli, one of the original and remaining members of Peruvian theater ensemble Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, explains her acting technique to a group of British students. Ms. Ralli discusses the artistic training of her body and her voice as well as her approach to character development. Teresa demonstrates that body training stresses body memory, composition...
Alt Title(s): Mujeres de Yuyachkani, Memory of the theater: women of Yuyachkani
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Recorded in Lima, Peru, in 2001.
Synopsis: Interview with Ana Correa and Teresa Ralli, members of Peruvian theater ensemble Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, conducted by sociologist and Dean of the Universidad Católica's School of Communication Arts and Sciences, Luis Peirano, for Peru's TV Channel 7 show 'Memoria del Teatro.' In this interview, conducted in the context of the celebration of the International Women's Day, Peirano, Correa and Ra...
Alt Title(s): Devils' dance
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in 1987.
Synopsis: This piece is based on the traditional Afro-Peruvian street masquerade dance 'Son de los Diablos,' originated in the Corpus Christi celebrations in Lima during the Colonial Period. As the ruling elite in colonial Peru framed it, blacks represented evil forces in a religious drama. However, by the time of slavery's abolition in 1854, Afro-Peruvians had appropriated this dance as a symbol of cultur...
Alt Title(s): Farewell Ayacucho, Good-bye Ayacucho
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in 1990.
Synopsis: Video documentation of Grupo Cultural Yuyachkanis theater piece Adiós Ayacucho (Farewell Ayacucho), adapted by Miguel Rubio Zapata from the eponymous tale by Peruvian writer Julio Ortega and performed by Augusto Casafranca with music by Ana Correa. Adiós Ayacucho tells the story of Alfonso Cánepa, a farmworker leader from the Southern Peruvian Andes, disappeared and killed during the 1980s, who r...
Alt Title(s): Until when my love
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in 1994.
Synopsis: Video documentation of Hasta Cuándo Corazón, theater piece by Peruvian Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani. In this play, a series of characters of diverse backgrounds live together in a project in the middle of the city, from which they are soon to be evicted. Even though they are neighbors facing a common fate, the characters await isolated from one another instead of forging a network of solidarity in t...
Alt Title(s): Don't play that waltz for me
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in 1990.
Synopsis: Video documentation of theater piece No Me Toquen Ese Vals (Don't Play That Waltz for Me), created collectively by performers Rebeca Ralli and Julián Vargas, and director Miguel Rubio of Peruvian Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani. In this play, two dead nightclub performers return to their favorite club in Lima, which has become a city of unrelieved destruction. The performers, characters Abelardo and Am...
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in 2001.
Synopsis: The main action of the play takes place over a few hours within the confines of a church, centering on the efforts of church caretakers to prepare the statue of Santiago for an annual procession. Due to the war, these three caretakersthe only survivors of the townhave been unable to honor their patron saint for many years. For the Hispanic Mayordomo and his mestiza employee, Bernardina, the proce...
Alt Title(s): Serenade
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in 1995.
Synopsis: Collective theater creation by Peruvian Grupo Cultural Yuyahckani, based on texts by Latin American and Peruvian writers who have written poetically about love and human relationshipssuch as Rafael Cárdenas (Venezuela), Eduardo Galeano (Uruguay), and Manuel Scorza (Peru). The play is weaved around two words: Love and Utopia--be it the Utopia of Love or the Love for Utopia. A long-time couple kill...
Alt Title(s): Alma viva
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Recorded in Ayacucho, Peru, in Apr. 2002.
Synopsis: This documentary follows the work of Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani with Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, created to investigate the violence which took place because of terrorism and political instability between 1980 and 2000 in Peru. On April 8, 2002 the TRC went to Huamanga for a first public hearing, followed by Huanta, Ayacucho three days after. Yuyachkani performed 'Adiós Ayacucho' (...
Alt Title(s): Persistence of memory, Persistencia de la Memoria: Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, 25 aniversario, 1996
Collection Title(s): Yuyachkani collection
Location: Recorded in Lima, Peru, in 1998.
Synopsis: This documentary, created for the 25th anniversary of Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, is a must-see for anyone interested in the work of this renowned Peruvian theater group. This documentary features interviews with Miguel Rubio (director of the group), other group members, and several renowned archaeologists, critics and theater experts of Peru, including anthropologist Rodrigo Montoya, historian Ma...