Collection Title: Teatro Experimental de Cali (TEC) / Enrique Buenaventura collection
Title: Crónica
Date: 1994 Apr
Location: Performed in Cali, Colombia, in Apr. 1994.
Work Type: Performance., Theater., Collective creation.
Enrique Buenaventura, literary text ; Teatro Experimental de Cali, producer, videographer, costumes, props ; Jacqueline Vidal, staging ; María E. Pérez, Serafín Arzamendía, assistant directors, technical assistance ; José Campo, Alberto Prieto, set design ; José Campo, graphic design ; Juan Carlos Maya, Hernando Artuz, music ; Franklin Cruz, lighting design.
Jacqueline Vidal, Pablo Angarita, Edgar Builes, Lisímaco Núñez, Serafín Arzamendía, Lina María Torres, Hilda Ruiz, Juan Carlos Martínez, Salomé Ceballos, Marco A. Ocampo, Carlos Saldarriaga, Clahiber Rincón, Jairo Suárez, Luis David Diago, Erick Aguilar.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:57:56
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: Inspired by a chronicle of the Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Díaz del Castillo, this play tells the story of Gonzalo Guerrero and Jerónimo de Aguilar, two Spanish sailors who integrate themselves to a Mayan community after being captured and enslaved by the Mayans. After being freed due to their good behavior, Guerrero marries the daughter of the Mayan cacique and starts feeling like a Mayan himself. When Cortés arrives in Mexico, he tries to talk both sailors into joining his forces. Aguilar accepts this offer; Guerrero declines. War, negotiation and betrayal ensue, in a chain of events that underscores the atrocities surrounding the Conquest of America. This play highlights native Latin American values and traditions, as a part of TEC's continuous attempt to rescue the roots of Latin American identities. Teatro Experimental de Cali (TEC) is a collective of artists committed to the exploration and creation of new languages for Latin American theater. Founded in Colombia in 1955 by Enrique Buenaventura and a group of students at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes, TEC has had a long and fruitful trajectory; their artistic and theoretical work has revolutionized the way that theater is conceived and practiced in Latin America. A key contribution to the field is their method of 'creación colectiva' ('collective creation'), in which all the participants of the play - including the audience - become involved with the dramatic text and its staging. In spite of this stress on collective work, TEC had in Enrique Buenaventura its main poet and playwright, who developed most of TEC's texts and directed the majority of their plays. While TEC's works address various historical and social issues, artistic quality is not sacrificed for the sake of political radicalism. TEC has thus created a theater that is politically and culturally engaged, poetic and innovative without losing its popular appeal.
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Copyright Holder: Teatro Experimental de Cali (TEC)
Contact: Claudia Rengifo
Claudia Rengifo
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Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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