Interview with Lucy Bolaños (1999)

Interview with Lucy Bolaños (1999) HIDVL

Interview with Lucy Bolaños, theater director and founder of Colombian all-women's theater ensemble La Máscara, conducted by Chicano theater scholar Alma Martinez. In this interview, Bolaños talks about her life in theater, her participation as a member of the Teatro Experimental de Cali (TEC), and her foundation of La Máscara in 1972 as an ensemble committed to the exploration and denunciation of women's issues in Colombia. Under the rubric of "the personal is political," La Máscara aspires to be a tool for historical change through social engagement; in this line, Bolaños and her ensemble work with marginalized populations (women, youth), give workshops, teach, and collectively create plays addressing issues of sexuality, domestic violence, homophobia, machismo, political violence, etc. Collaboration is a key strategy throughout their artistic trajectory, having worked with other renowned women in Colombian theater (such as Patricia Ariza and Jacqueline Vidal) and with the international network of women in contemporary theater and performance The Magdalena Project, among others. Furthermore, Bolaños comments on the aesthetic and political points of contact between Colombian and Chicano theaters, and talks about several plays in La Máscara's repertoire.


Additional Info

  • TItle: Interview with Lucy Bolaños
  • Alternate Title: Interview with Lucy Bolaños (Teatro La Máscara)
  • Date: 17 Aug 1999
  • Location: Interviewed in Cali, Colombia
  • Interviewee: Lucy Bolaños
  • Interviewer: Alma Martinez
  • Duration: 01:08:32
  • Language: Spanish