Review: Antigonas Women’s Tribunal

by Lynn on October 5, 2016

in The Passionate Playgoer

>Antigonas Women’s Tribunal
(Antigonas Tribunal de Mujeres)

At Artscape Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., Toronto, Ont.

Part of the 12 day RUTAS Festival of Panamerican works from South America, Switzerland and New Zealand.

The work is presented by Tramaluna Teatre, Bogatá, Colombia.

Directed and designed by Carlos E. Satizábal.
Choreography by Wilson Pico
Music by Nicolás Uribe
Video by Francesco Corgeletta and Karen Roa
Cast: Luz Marina Bernal Parra
Lucero Carmona Martinez
Karen Liseth Roa
Maira Milena Lopez Severiche
Orceny Montañez Muñoz
Fanny Palacios Romero
Maria Ubilerma Sanabria Lopez
Lina Marcela Tamara Vaides
Angela Del Pilar Triana Gallego

Antigonas Women’s Tribunal takes as its reference point, the ancient Greek tragedy of Antigone she tries to bury her brother, who has been killed in war. Because her brother was perceived as a traitor, the law was that he could not be given a proper burial and should be left to rot. Antigone defied the law and buried him and suffered the consequences.

From the program: “Nine women (actresses and victims) arrive at an imaginary tribunal and become modern Antigonas requesting justice for the murder of their loved ones…to address the horrors of political and social violence, transforming pain into power and rebelliousness, and making women key actors in the Peace Process in Colombia.”

The women tell stories of their dead or missing sons who just simply disappeared. The mothers spend years trying to find the truth about the disappearance or their deaths. We are told of the brave lawyers, judges and others advocating for peace and justice who were murdered by the various factions controlling the country. The government is heavily involved in the murders.

Through movement, music, projections, gripping imagery and simple story-telling, the cast of nine are very moving in conveying the tremendous bravery these women have shown to stand up to the authority in Colombia and to keep fighting for justice. This work is particularly timely in light of the recent referendum on peace this Sunday where the population of Colombia defeated the call for peace. To further make the case for this play’s importance, one of the nine participants is Luz Marina Bernal Parra, who is a nominee this year for the Nobel Prize for Peace.

The show is presented in Spanish with English Surtitles. Well worth a visit.

Produced by Aluna Theatre in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts

Opened: Oct. 5, 2016.
Continues, Oct. 6, 8, 2016
Cast: 9 gifted women.
Running Time: 60 minutes approx.

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