PREMIERE 22 Sept. 2019 - THE GATE OF HOPE - Mexico
THE GATE OF HOPE
PART 1 OF THE EPIC BORDERS TRILOGY
DIRECTED BY CARLOS GARCÍA ESTÉVEZ & PAIGE ALLERTON
PRODUCED BY MUESTRA ESTATAL DE TEATRO JALISCO
PREMIERE 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
AT LARVA - LABORATORIO DE ARTE VARIEDADES
The Epic Borders Trilogy is a series of productions taking place in Mexico, Northern Ireland and Canada. The Trilogy deals with themes and stories of people from areas with a long history of being torn politically and geographically by borders. The Epic Borders Trilogy aims to tell every-day personal stories from the people of these different locations, woven together to expose the epic proportions of our collective story.
The Gate of Hope will be a collaborative-creation, devised show created with local professional artists from Guadalajara, Mexico, under the direction of Carlos García Estévez and Paige Allerton.
With this group Manifesto Poetico will use its fundamental research, and living pedagogic language to make a new theatrical language on the spot for and with the group and their audience.
The show will be nourished by current news, local knowledge, and information from the streets with a close collaboration with researchers from different disciplines and local experiences.
With participating artists we will embark on a journey of research, exploring the elements that are the reality of their surroundings: the social, the patterns, the waves, the hopes, the dreams and the consequences. We will look at the daily stories of different local communities and treat them with a poetic language.
“The right to dream; desires of humanity.”
A Manifesto Poetico Trilogy
The Gate of Hope research was started by Manifesto Poetico in February 2018 at the University of San Diego in California, when Manifesto Poetico Founder and Artistic Director, Carlos García Estévez was nominated to be an Honorary Chair at the University.
In February 2018 Carlos worked with graduate students and professionals to research the current context in and around San Diego and the border areas, investigating topics such as: social conflicts, diversity of ethnic groups, immigration, economic disparity, militarization and world environmental impact.
During his time in San Diego, Carlos started his investigation in collaboration with researchers from different departments at The University of San Diego, including the department of Ethnic studies, Environmental and Ocean Studies (Climate Science), and Change-Making - School of Peace and Justice.
[LARVA] Laboratorio de Arte Variedades
Guadalajara - Mexico
This cultural space was once the Varieties Cinema, an Art Deco building that began its construction in 1938, in the place where the College of San Juan Bautista was built in 1688.
With a room with a capacity of 3296 people, the Cinema Varieties opened its doors on July 4, 1940 and worked like this until 1996. At the beginning of the 21st century it was acquired by the City Council of Guadalajara for its rehabilitation and in 2006 it was baptized as LARVA, Varieties Art Laboratory although it was not until 2010 that it was fully equipped and it was fully opened to the public.
It is currently "the black box" of the city, a cultural centre whose infrastructure allows to present shows in different ways. Recently it has been characterized by greatly promoting alternative art, digital arts, festivals, workshops, conferences, concerts, circus, music clinics, talks and exhibitions.
THE EPIC BORDERS TRILOGY
The Gate of Hope
In The Name Of Humanity