Performances & Residency Activities
San Francisco International Arts Festival is pleased to co-present a series of performances and residency activities by Nemcatacoa Teatro as part of the company’s 2013 U.S. Tour.
Nemcatacoa Teatro, a troupe of street performers based in Bogotá, Colombia, was founded in 2000. The company has been researching diverse techniques of circus, dance and theater as part of their training. To date, Nemcatacoa has created 10 shows, including parades, street theater plays, street interventions and circus performances in different events, while searching for their own language based on physical theater and acrobatics on stilts.
Nemcatacoa Teatro performs in outdoor and non-conventional spaces, bringing free theater to audiences and develops programs and activities that make strong relationships with their community. They have been actively participating in the Colombian Community Theater Network, the Theatrical Exchange Route (R.I.T.) and festivals, performing and sharing their methods across Colombia as well as in Cuba, Ecuador and Mexico. Nemcatacoa also toured to the U.S., Denmark and Germany. In 2006, directors Nicolas Cifuentes and Freddy Torres received the award for “Best Young Directors – Street Theater,” from I.D.C.T. (Instiuto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo – Arte Dramatico) with the show “Germinares.”
In 2010, director Nicolas Cifuentes studied with The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater based in San Francisco, after which he was invited to assist in the direction of their performance “Callings,” while touring Colombia. In 2011, Nemcatacoa began to create “Landscape Re-Invention Society,” and hosted The Carpetbag Brigade during an exchange laboratory.
At the beginning of 2012, the XIII Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogota presented the new collaborative project between The Carpetbag Brigade and Nemcatacoa Teatro, “Dios de la Adrenalina.”
- “Landscape Reinvention Society” August 2,3,4,18
- “Open Society Project – Dios de la Adrenalina” August 11, 17
- “Hojarasca” in Concert" August 16
- Lectures: “The Tradition of Stiltwalking in Colombia” August 12; “Street Theater in a Society of Conflict” August 14
2013 US Tour of Nemcatacoa Teatro is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Nemcatacoa Teatro’s performances and educational activities in San Francisco are sponsored in part by Kenneth Rainin Foundation and co-presented with the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP), Union Square Live Summer Series, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts.
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