"The Dark Children of Morelia" by Albert Tola
MULTIDISCIPLINARY CREATION SCHOLARSHIP 2016-2017
JULIO MARIO SANTO DOMINGO MAYOR THEATER AND JORGE ELIÉCER GAITÁN MUNICIPAL THEATER CO-PRODUCTION.
Radio Memoria is a multidisciplinary platform born from radio, a young, fresh and cultural radio station that uses and mixes the languages of speech, theater, music, video and musicals in different settings to narrate war stories where the protagonists are children.
Our first chapter is the free version of the play "Los Niños Oscos de Morelia" by Catalan Albert Tola, a story that tells the journey of two republican children, Pablo and Gracián, who are exiled by their parents and the state, to protect them from violence. Spanish Civil War, how these children take refuge in games and imagination to evade the unbearable truth, how in the custom of fantasy the game is confused with reality and they end the trip without reaching any destination.
This didactic piece is also a musical journey that starts from Spain, crosses the Atlantic making a stopover in Mexico to land and settle in Colombia.
General direction: Daniel Díaza
Direction assistance: Juanita Cetina
Direction of actors: Ella Becerra
Musical Direction: Sergio and Santiago Mejía
Radio and voice over director: Andrés López
Audiovisual director: Estefanía Barreto
Scenic proposal designed in conjunction with Guadalupe Errázuriz from El Otro Trapo
Juan Pablo Acosta
P roduction: Ayrin Gambin
Scenography and costumes: Toy Theater
Lighting design: Camilo Duarte
Photography: Saeed Pezeshki
Advertising piece design: Miguel González
“This scenic proposal arises from a cultural exchange of dramaturgy between Colombia and Spain in 2015 in the Benditas Lecturas de La Maldita Vanidad project and thanks to the possibility that Jorge Hugo Marín opens for new directors, actors who are members of the foundation to explore their languages and carry out their staging, accompanied from the artistic and administrative, we decided then to undertake this project; initially we found a text that questioned us from social and political spheres, in addition to feeling particularly identified and connected with the author and some of his approaches. Text-pretext that step by step got on track as a project and found a vocation: to be not only the adult voice of child victims, but also to be that hopeful voice, to be and generate spaces for analysis, reflection and encounter, where the protagonists are children, where we show what ails them to do memory exercises, not to forget, not to repeat history, to strengthen ourselves from pain and propose solutions from prevention, protection, affection and education as enriching tools and promising a better future.
The process begins with two public readings between October 2015 and January 2016 of Albert's complete dramatic text, with which the need to contextualize and justify the project from our environment is evidenced, a table work is developed to create from paper a project that would allow its creation and the possibility of looking for allies that would guarantee its materialization and it is there where fortunate encounters with great humans, colleagues, artists, teachers, entities and especially with this scholarship that gives us the tangible possibility of give life to our ideas.
Being winners of this scholarship gives us the fortune to create from and with the best conditions, the privilege of being surrounded by the best professionals, working on a path of trials, successes and learning; starting from a desire, transcribing that desire onto paper and configuring it as a constantly growing drive that rehearsal after rehearsal takes shape, a structure that has a pretext but that plays with different scenic tools, allowing a constant space of physical, vocal and musical training and collective creation, giving us the certainty of growing as artist-performers and contributing from our place and thought.
The theater is a political act disguised as a spectacle that has the function of informing, educating, questioning and contributing to change. "