El paso (1991)

In this collectively created play, Teatro La Candelaria wanted to address the problem of social and political violence in Colombia through an exploration of both verbal and non-verbal languages (the latter given special emphasis). "El Paso" looks like a road bar, a place where people go to rest or have something to eat while traveling across the country. The truth is it is a kind of no-place surrounded by violence and social conflicts. The characters constantly refer to issues from the outside as if political violence and other danger exist only outside, and the bar was a haven. However, violence makes its way into the bar: two shady characters irrupt in the bar's status quo, forcefully involving the patrons, employees and passers-by in their shady business. The people at the bar need to negotiate their complicity or resistance to the illegal activities performed by the two newcomers, who with their guns and money set an atmosphere of fear and violence in an otherwise uneventful crossroad's "cantina."


Additional Info

  • Title: El paso
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:29:08
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1 Mar 1991
  • Location: Teatro La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: César Badillo, Martha Osorio, Rafael Giraldo, Álvaro Rodríguez, Nohora González, Francisco Martínez, Inés Prieto, Fernando Mendoza, Patricia Ariza, Ignacio Rodríguez, Carolina Vivas, Hernando Forero (musician), Fernando Peñuela (musician).
  • Credits: Teatro La Candelaria, producer ; Santiago García, director ; Santiago García, Jorge Ardilla, set design ; Jorge Ardilla, Yolanda Obando, graphic design ; Oscar Patarroyo, lighting design ; Ignacio Rodríguez, music.

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