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We couldn't be more delighted than to have been invited back to Bogotá by Patricia Ariza and the Colombian Theatre Corporation. We are especially thrilled to be considered a group "important to the Colombian National Theatre"!

We are happy to report that we have a burgeoning fan base in this beautiful city, and have found many kindred spirits among the other festival participants...some of whom have extended invitations to festivals in their countries as well (Brazil and Cuba!)

The Plays

At the end of March, we will be heading to Bogotá with COLOR BLUE by Alexis Roblan and SUBLET by Alisa Zhulina , two darkly comedic takes on US-American feminism. These plays will start a dialogue with our fellow artists and provide an opportunity to forge a more global view of issues such as exploitation, cultural capital, and violence against women, for both our artists and those we meet in Bogotá. Melody Brooks will direct both plays.

COLOR BLUE by Alexis Roblan is a pitch black comedy that transfers an incident from modern Somalia -- the brutal rape and murder of two young women by Al Shabaab militants who wanted one of the girls to marry their commander -- to a US middle school campus. As two 13-year-old girls skip class to get stoned, this light comedy laced with pop culture references shifts in fits and starts towards something darker, examining the common threads of misogyny experienced by women in disparate global cultures, and common ability of all societies to ignore this psychic and physical violence. 

SUBLET by Alisa Zhulina explores the question of how far artists will go to make a political point about exploitation and whether, in doing so, they end up exploiting their subjects. Christy, a new-to-the-city resident at a New York hospital, moves into a cheap apartment only to find herself part of a bizarre and ethically questionable art project. The play takes on issues of prejudice, privilege, and cultural capital, as Christy's experience of reality shifts and the audience must continuously reassess their understandings of both exploitation and the narrative itself.

Once again we will perform in the Sala Seki Sano, a beautiful black box theatre next door to the renowned Theatro de la Candelaria, which last year celebrated 50 years of creating and producing powerful theatre that has been a genuine force for social justice and civic change in Colombia. They stand as an amazing example and role model for all theatre practitioners who believe that they can and should make a difference!

We selected these two plays becuse they represent aspects of U.S. culture that, while not especially positive, must be acknowledged and owned as part of our heritage. We have been treated to some amazing performances in our last 2 trips to Bogotá, by Companies located throughout the Western Hemisphere. These groups brought to light circumstances in their own cultures that need to be shared; we wanted to do the same with our journey back next month.



Festivals cover lodging and meals, but we are responsible for airfare and artist fees.

THE ALTERNATIVE THEATRE FEESTIVAL grows out of the New Theatre Festival organized by the Colombian Theatre Corporation(CCT) from 1973 to 1988. It is produced parallel to the Ibero-American Theatre Festival, and showcases the Colombian Theatre Movement.

The FESTIVAL is therefore an affirmation of the Colombian theatre space, in which openness to new trends, as well as groups of regions is possible, keeping the emphasis and the view on the national dramaturgy. In short, it does honor to the notion of alternative, other: (ALTER) and birth of the new (native). It also has a number of invited international groups whose contributions and experience are considered important for the national theatre.

The purpose is to keep alive this scenario, which since its founding in 1994, has been growing and has allowed the theatrical movement to network among groups and with the public, mainly general and student audiences. This Festival contributes to the development of theatre and culture, as well as the circulation of new aesthetics and the cultivation of new audience members.