Danzantes del Alba, Teatro Línea de Sombra

Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 3PM, 7PM EST

Skirball Auditorium, 566 LaGuardia Pl

The Hemispheric Institute welcomes Teatro Línea de Sombra (TLS), one of Mexico’s leading theater companies, to New York University in December 2023. 

Teatro Línea de Sombra is an internationally renowned collective of theatermakers, researchers, and actors. The company produces theatrical pieces, exhibitions, and other performance experiences. TLS was founded in Mexico in 1993. As Mellon Artists in Residence at the Hemispheric Institute, TLS Directors Jorge A. Vargas and Alicia Laguna are also developing their collection for the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL).

Danzantes del Alba/Dancers of the Dawn is a theatrical movement piece that celebrates the resilience of workers who travel the migrant route from Central America to Mexico. The piece began as a carnival in a small town in Mexico along the migratory route from Central America. Danzantes/Dancers opens with spectators standing on stage in three concentric circles, where they encounter 36 colorful costumes. Dancers bring the costumes to life as a documentary is projected behind the dancing. A narrator tells the stories of the workers and artisans who made the costumes, laboring in small textile cooperatives, living rooms, shelters, and community centers along the migrant trail. As part of the New York production, the company will cast local immigrant dancers to join the production, prioritizing the embodied life histories of immigrant experiences as integral to the performance.

On December 3, 2023, Teatro Línea de Sombra will present two performances of Danzantes del Alba/Dancers of the Dawn at the NYU Skirball Center, at 3 and 7pm.

Danzantes del Alba is a co-production of Teatro UNAM and the Festival Internacional Cervantino.

Research and dramaturgical text: Rodrigo Parrini.

Stage director: Jorge A. Vargas.

This event is co-presented by Hemispheric Encounters.

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