Collection Title: Malayerba collection
Title: Malayerba
Date: 2004
Location: Recorded in Quito, Ecuador, in 2004.
Work Type: Documentary., Interview.
Grupo de Teatro Malayerba, producer, creator ; Diego Bolaños, video.
María del Rosario 'Charo' Francés, interviewee ; Arístides Vargas, interviewee.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 01:18:22
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: 'Malayerba: 25 años de teatro' is a documentary prepared by this Ecuadorian theater ensemble as an overview of the first 25 years of artistic trajectory. Weaving interviews with founding members and artistic directors María del Rosario 'Charo' Francés and Arístides Vargas, and illustrated through video and photo documentation, the documentary portrays the history and creative coordinates of the Grupo Malayerba, the presence of exile as life experience and creative motif, their constant investigation of theater theory and practices, their development of a distinctive dramaturgy of the actor, the playwright and the director, as well as the collaborative processes of artistic creation with local and international artists.Renowned plays by the group, like 'La Fanesca,' 'Jardín de Pulpos,' 'Pluma y la tempestad,' 'Nuestra Señora de las Nubes,' 'El deseo más canalla,' 'La muchacha de los libros usados,' and 'Donde el viento hace buñuelos' are featured in this video, commented on by Francés and Vargas and contextualized in the bigger picture of the outstanding theater work by Ecuador's most important theater group. The Grupo de Teatro Malayerba ( was founded in Quito in 1979 by Arístides Vargas, Susana Pautasso and María del Rosario 'Charo' Francés, immigrant actors originally from Argentina and Spain. From the start, Malayerba included actors with various backgrounds and nationalities, invested in the exploration of the rich cultural diversity and complex history of Ecuador, as well as issues of migration, exile, political violence and individual and collective memory.With over 25 years of ongoing theater practice and more than 20 plays performed locally and internationally for a diverse audience, Malayerba is committed to theater pedagogy and experimentation, artistic collaboration, and community building. They have represented Ecuador in national and international theater festivals; they have also collaborated with theater groups within Ecuador and in other countries, and performed for both film and television, while engaging in community work in Quito. In 1989 the group created the Laboratorio Malayerba, committed to the training of generations of young Ecuadorian actors and to an ongoing investigation of theories and practices of experimental theater. In 2001 Malayerba launched the theater journal 'Hoja de Teatro,' conceived as a forum for the theorization, criticism and dissemination of Ecuadorian theater practices.The group also runs a theater house, the Casa Malayerba, which houses the Laboratory as well as a theater with seating capacity for seventy people. Malayerba approaches theater making as an artistic, ethical and technical realm where to engage in meaningful creative experiences through which to understand, assume and confront current sociopolitical processes. In working together, actors with various backgrounds and nationalities have shown that a multicultural blend is not only possible but also enriching, as differences lead to new identities, embodiments of dreams, memories, absences and pains that are at once local and universal.
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Copyright Holder: Grupo de Teatro Malayerba
Contact: Arístides Vargas
Arístides Vargas
Sodiro 345 y 6 de Diciembre (junto a la Iglesia del Belén, sector Alameda)
Quito, Ecuador
Phone(Business): +593-2223-5463
Phone(Fax): +593-2223-5463