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Featured: Mapa Teatro (Bogota, Columbia)

One of the foremost artistic companies in Colombia, Mapa Teatro has been producing theater, performance and art installation projects since 1984. Founders and directors, Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden have created a wide ranging repertoire of theater, opera, mixed-media performance, and site-specific installation. Their work proposes richly textured visual metaphors in which they consider often complex psychological, social and political relationships. Committed to experimentation, and less interested in the actor as an “agent of fiction,” they describe their project as “a laboratory of social imagination,” that offers a space for presenting community issues and human concerns in media and performance. This combination of real-life situations and sites along with highly stylized aesthetic staging produces a tension between real action and (re)presentation. Mapa Teatro draws from live events captured on video such as the demolition of a neighborhood in Bogotá, ritual practice, and texts that explore the relationship of postmodern subjects, myth and metaphor. Mapa Teatro has performed by commissions, festivals and collaborative projects world-wide.


2010: Los Santos Inocentes Coproducción con el Teatro HAU (Hebbel am Ufer), Berlín; con el apoyo de la Embajada de Suiza y el Fondo Cultural Suizo.

2007: El Principito Según la obra original “El Principito” de ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY © Ediciones Gallimard, 1946

2007/2008: Ansío los Alpes de Haendl Klaus, coproducción de Pro-Helvetia y el Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá

2003: 4.48 Psicosis de Sarah Kane, una pieza para voz, música e imagen

2003: La Noche/Nuit de Bernard-Marie Koltès con Michel Didym. Coproducción Tintas Frescas (AFAA).

2002: Muelle Oeste de Bernard-Marie Koltès. Coproducción del VIII Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá, Embajada de Francia en Colombia, AFAA.

2000: Ricardo III de William Shakespeare, Beca de Creación Ministerio de Cultura 1998.

1998: El león y la domadora texto de Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. Coproducción con el VI Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá.

1996: Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes texto de Gabriel García Márquez. Coproducción con la Compañía Purisai Duraisami Kannappa Thambiran Parambarai Theru Koothu Manram de India.

1995: Orestea ex Machina sobre una lectura de La Orestíada, de Esquilo. Beca de Creación de Colcultura 1994.

1994: Horacio texto de Heiner Müller. Beca de Creación de Colcultura 1993.

1990: De mortibus, Réquiem para Samuel Beckett, textos de Samuel Beckett.

1987: Casa tomada, basada en el relato homónimo de Julio Cortázar.

1985: Bestiario, basada en textos de Julio Cortázar.

1984: Blacamán, basada en el relato homónimo de Gabriel García Márquez.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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