Panama at the gates of the International Festival of Performing Arts

The event’s director and director, Roberto King, specified that from April 5-10, the Isthmus will receive theater and dance actors from Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Colombia and Mexico in seven rooms and outdoor spaces. and the United States and Costa Rica, among others.

He noted that groups bring their diverse thematic repertoire to our societies such as immigration, corruption or lack of love.

In 2020, the festival only had a virtual exhibition, while last year it did not, hence the enthusiasm of the sponsors to resume this encounter with the art of tables that began in 2004.

The Isthmus event will also include children’s performances, dance lessons, talks and face-to-face virtual workshops.

King told the press that the biggest challenge over the past two years has been coping with the pandemic’s moments of uncertainty and a lot of suffering because of empty rooms.

“For those organizing events, it’s like betting on the air and putting in the effort, with so much desire not to know if it can be done in the end,” he said.

Since 2019, when Panama received groups from Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and national groups, FAE has not been held with the public.

The festival’s official website states that entry to theaters this year will be completely free, “to be consistent with the idea of ​​envisioning a festival as accessible to all as possible.”

King emphasized that by resuming face-to-face attendance, the important thing is that with the challenges of health security, we are able to reclaim the essence of the performing arts: being alive, the artist in front of his audience.

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This year FAE began its international program with the presentation of Bendita Gloria by the Spanish group Albanta Teatro.

The program also includes a contemporary dance performance by the Labor Art Company group; From France entitled Anna.

Another work that stands out is Tijuana, by the Lagartijas Tirada del Sol group, from Mexico.

Among the Panamanian groups are expectations with the production company Malapuñalada, and its version of “La Casa de Bernarda Alba”, by Federico García Lorca, an experimental proposal in which men take on the roles of women. This version of FAE will be dedicated to Panamanian dancer and actress Vielka Chú, who has dedicated for many years to producing the first and oldest international performing arts festival in the Central American country.

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