The Cervantino International Festival (FIC) will offer in its 50th edition a vast program that will include 20 dance performances, 85 musical presentations, 3 opera recitals, 57 theater performances and 45 visual arts presentations. The event, which will have South Korea as the guest of honor and Mexico City as the guest state, will receive 2,941 artists from 34 different countries from October 12 to 30 in Guanajuato.
We present here five events that you cannot miss this year that celebrates half a century of life of this artistic festival that is considered the most important in Latin America.
La Fura dels Baus: In a place in Guanajuato.
The Catalan company will stage in Los Pastitos a macro show made exclusively for the FIC in its 50 years. In a place in Guanajuato It will stage key moments in the history of this colonial city and its staging will require large-scale artifacts as well as audience participation through digital tools. The piece was commissioned by the FIC to this group founded in 1979 and which since its inception has been committed to including cutting-edge technological and virtual elements in its creations.
La Fura has devised opera stagings, macro shows at different festivals, Olympic ceremonies and online productions. This is the second time that it has participated in the FIC, in 2020, in full confinement due to the Covid 19 pandemic, it presented the digital and interactive show Tempestad en Casa, in co-production with the National Theater Company (CNT).
The show in Guanajuato will have two performances: on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, at 10:00 p.m. at Los Pastitos. Before attending the event, it is essential to download the application Kalliope 2 to be part of the show.
Dimitris Papaioannou: Cross orientation.
The Greek experimental theater director, choreographer and visual artist will bring to FIC 50 cross orientation, his most recent production after the Covid 19 pandemic.
The title of the work refers to the trajectory followed by insects, such as moths, driven by an internal mechanism, which is altered when artificial light reaches them, to which they are attracted by turning in circles. The scenes in this production explore the human balance in relation to light and the multiple objects placed on stage.
This Greek performing arts genius is known worldwide for his creative direction of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. In 2018 he collaborated with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch to create the company's first full-length work German by an external choreographer. cross orientation it premiered in June 2021 at the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon in France, and has been presented in more than 30 cities.
In Guanajuato, the play will have three functions: on October 14, 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m., in the State Auditorium.
Laboratory Dance Project | LDP: Ash
Laboratory Dance Project (LDP) is a dance project founded in 2001 that has stood out for bringing Korean dance to the stage.
Under the direction and choreography of choreographer Dongkyu Kim, the company will present the show Ash, a piece that deals with questioning whether there will be a pile of ashes at the bottom of the heart.
Dongkyu Kim is a choreographer who introduces truly comfortable, easy, fun and free modern dance styles.
Based in Seoul, Laboratory Dance Project is the only contemporary dance company in Korea and is noted for its physically demanding acrobatic performances. He has toured all over the world and has collaborated with companies from Germany, Italy and Switzerland; in 2010 it debuted in the United States.
At the FIC, this presentation can be enjoyed on October 13 and 14, at 6:00 p.m., at the Teatro Principal.
Sonora Light Celebrating Mario Lavista
This piece, which will premiere at FIC 50, pays homage to Mario Lavista, one of the most important Mexican composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
The work is born from the collaboration between the Luz Sonora Quartet, the flutist Alejandro Escuer and dancers from the Contemporary Dance Production Center (CEPRODAC) with choreographies by Melva Olivas, Víctor Manuel Ruiz, Raúl Tamez and Claudia Lavista, daughter of the composer. All of them will build a quartet of pieces dedicated to celebrating Lavista's work and legacy, as well as emphasizing the close relationship he had with dance throughout his life.
The play will premiere in Mexico City, at the Esperanza Iris City Theater, on October 16, then it will travel to Guanajuato to appear at the Juárez Theater, on Thursday 20 and Friday 21, at 9:00 p.m., as part of the activities that the country's capital has prepared as guest of honor at the FIC.
Gilberto Santa Rosa: Walk It Tour
The Puerto Rican performer will add a salsa touch to the Cervantine festival with this concert that he will offer at Los Pastitos, one of the FIC's free outdoor stages.
In this presentation, the so-called "Caballero de la Salsa" will review his 45-year musical career, a period that has led him to be considered one of the most outstanding representatives of salsa.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1962, the singer had his first encounters with salsa in the early 1960s and since then has consolidated a prominent career in popular music. His accolades include a Latin Heritage Award (2002) and seven GRAMMY® Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award statuette that recognizes the careers of veteran artists.
The concert will take place on Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 p.m., at Los Pastitos.
To know the schedule of Mexico City, guest of honor at the 50th International Cervantino Festival visit the page: www.cervantino.cdmx.gob.mx, as well as social networks: Facebook@TeatrosCdMexico, Twitter @TeatrosCdMexico e Instagram @teatroscdmexico.