This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Joyful, thoughtful, angry and passionate: these are the new voices of the Panamerican reality. For this groundbreaking festival, Aluna hosts six of the most exciting national and International, intercultural and interdisciplinary theatre companies from the Latin American diaspora in a Mainstage Series with their outstanding work.
The Panamerican Routes / Rutas Panamericanas Mainstage Series: Six national and International companies present their outstanding, original work – five full productions and one reading:
Week One (May 15 to May 20) features international artists. Loco7 (from Bogotá via New York) brings stunning dance-theatre and larger-than-life puppetry to the stage with Urban Odyssey while Violeta Luna (Mexico City via San Francisco) offers a more intimate border-crossing experience with Parting Memory.
Week Two (May 22 to May 27) features Canadian artists. Aluna Theatre (Medellin via Toronto) reprises its award-winning Nohayquiensepa (No one knows) and Carmen Aguirre (Santiago via Vancouver) victoriously returns to Theatre Passe Muraille with Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box (produced by nightswimming), a lively glimpse into a revolutionary’s life from the writer of Refugee Hotel. IXOK’, a solo theatre/dance piece performed by Mayahuel Tecozautla, created by Carmen Samayoa and Edgar Flores of Guatemala, depicts the story of an indigenous woman who flees to the jungle seeking safety for herself and her child. And Toronto’s Rosa Laborde stages a reading of her Marine Life, a tragic comedy about complicated intimacies exploring themes of environmentalism, creativity, love and the end of everything.
The conference concludes with La Pasarela (The Catwalk), directed by Patricia Ariza (of Colombia) directed with the participation of 35 women – from performers to members of underprivileged communities. This fashion show is a collective creation anchored by the theme of ‘No Violence Against Women.’
Professional development workshops will be conducted by international masters in the areas of Dance/Theatre, Collective Creation, Playwriting and Performance Art. In addition, a number of mentorship and internship opportunities are available as part of an ongoing commitment to nurture a community of artists and build on the new generation of emerging artists from the Latin American Diaspora in all areas of theatre-making.
Founded by actor, director and playwright Beatriz Pizano and scenographer Trevor Schwellnus, Aluna Theatre is a multiple Dora Award-winning Latin-Canadian company. It creates original works that showcase cultural diversity, with a focus on Latin American and women artists. Aluna brings Human Rights to the forefront, distinguishing its risk-taking work both at home and internationally.