Collection Title: El Teatro Campesino collection
Title: 4 agitators
Alternate Title: Four agitators
Alternate Title: Measures taken
Date: 2001
Location: Performed in San Juan Bautista, California, in 2001.
El Teatro Campesino, producer ; Kinan Valdez, director ; Bertolt Brecht, writer ; Ruben C. Gonzalez, Lakin Valdez, adaptation ; Mino Valdez, music.
Lakin Valdez, Anahuac Valdez, Ruben Gonzalez, Kati Valdez.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:33:47
Language: English
Synopsis: Founded in 1965 by Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino was initially the cultural wing of the United Farm Workers union in California's central valley. With a pointed political mission, ETC performed their actos in the fields, agitprop improvisations communicated eloquently with the workers, who could neither read nor write, but recognized themselves and their values in the actos. By 1970 ETC had gained an international reputation, with major contributions to Chicano culture in the U.S. and to the development and expansion of the boundaries of theater everywhere. Theirs is a popular theater rooted in the American streets, early California history, Mayan/Aztec mythology and Mexican folklore and spiritualism, all geared toward expression of social, political and cultural perceptions. Valdez believes in a total theaterone where an elevation of sensation is achieved through a trinity of music, dance and drama to stimulate a New American Audience, a celebration of cultural diversity. This video documents ETCs play 4 Agitators. Adapted from Bertolt Brechts 'Measures Taken', '4 Agitators' follows four 'camaradas' through their trial where they explain the killing of a young comrade, whose fervor takes precedent over his understanding of true revolution. This ETC production is true to Brechts structure, but was renamed to appeal to modern political agitators. Adapted by Ruben Gonzalez and Lakin Valdez, the translation was updated by Kinan Valdez, with new songs written by Mino Valdez.
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Copyright Holder: El Teatro Campesino
Contact: Luis Valdez
Luis Valdez
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