International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami

From Jul 9th through Jul 27th, 2008. International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. Miami TheatreThe International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami (IHTF), presented by Teatro Avante, American Airlines and the Adrienne Arsht Center, is bringing some of the finest theatre groups from the United States, Latin America and Europe to various locations in South Florida. For the first time in its history, the award-winning IHTF of Miami will honor Spain at its 23rd edition, in celebration of the enormous cultural contribution this great country has given before and after the discovery of the New World.

Calendar of events:

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 9th, 10th and 11th, 2008. 8:30 p.m.

Octubre Teatral from Barcelona, Spain presents El Llanto (Lament), by Federico García Lorca and Enric Granados. Created and directed by Jaume Villanueva. Like poetry, Lament is, more than a plot, a mixture of feelings evoked by images of great beauty and content, feelings that slyly seep in through the pores to move us deeply. The performance will take place at the Carnival Studio Theater Adrienne Arsht Center, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

Thursday and Friday, July 10th and 11th, 2008. 8:30 p.m.

Prometeo Theatre from Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus in Miami.
Los Intereses Creados (The Bonds of Interest) by Jacinto Benavente. Directed by Joann María Yarrow. Crispín, the hero of the story, is a crafty servant who manipulates a group of people by way of invisible strings. He dupes the respectable citizens of a sixteenth-century city into believing that his impecunious master is a fabulously rich nobleman traveling incognito on a secret diplomatic mission. The performance will take place at the Prometeo Theatre, located at 300 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami.

Saturday, July 12th, 2008. 8:30 and Sunday, July 13th, 2008. 5:00 p.m.

Alquibla Teatro from Murcia, Spain. El Dia Mas Feliz de Nuestra Vida (The Happiest Day of our Lives) By Laila Ripoll. Directed by Antonio Saura. In the 1960s, on the eve of their First Communion, the triplets stay up through the night awaiting the happiest day of their lives. Twenty years later, on the eve of their joint wedding, the triplets replay their conversations, full of humor and not entirely devoid of clichés. Carnival Studio Theater – Adrienne Arsht Center, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

Saturday, July 12th at Key Biscayne and Sunday, July 13th, 2008. 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus. Key Biscayne Community Center. 10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne and InterAmerican Campus. 627 SW 27th Avenue in Miami. International Children's Day.

Gira-Sol from Miami. La Cucarachita Martina Llego a Miami. Martina the Cockroach Comes To Miami. Written and directed by Ibetti Pérez. The story of a gluttonous mouse and other animals up to their usual tricks, and one in which minstrels interact with children. In the end, they all own up to their faults and promise to stop lying and blaming their friends.

Cuenteros and Company from Miami from Miami. Fables, A Children's Play. (Fábulas, Una Obra Infantil), based on Aesop’s fables. Directed by Marilyn Romero. An interactive, educational and entertaining show full of magic, beauty and morals, presented through the magic of theatre. Each fable serves as a teaching tool of positive principles, where actors help kids discover them, with a beautiful original score and colorful and highly creative costumes.

Pe de Vento Teatro from Florianópolis. Bom Apetite written and directed by Pepe Ñúñez. A frank and footloose clown invites the audience take an active part in the show, sharing the ridiculous and naive sides of human beings. On the menu there’s music, magic, juggling, group games and, of course, much humor.

Thursday and Friday, July 17th and 18th, 2008. 8:30 p.m.

Compania de Pedro Maria Sanchez from Madrid, Spain. Amar y Ser Amado o La Divina Filotea (To Love and Be Loved, or the Divine Philothea). By Calderón de la Barca. Directed by Pedro María Sánchez. The Divine Philothea poses a battle, opposing forces, a dialectical, philosophical struggle between the soul, the world, the flesh and the devil. Here, soul, world and flesh are enemies, opponents. This approach enables us to engage in a live theatrical game, not subordinated to doctrine, that each audience member may evaluate in all its aspects. This performance will take place at the Carnival Studio Theater – Adrienne Arsht Center, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

Friday and Saturday, July 18th and 19th, 2008. 8:30 p.m.

Ljubljana City Theatre from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ay Carmela by Jose Sanchis Sinisterra. Directed by Mare Bulc. Two varieté artists, Paulino and Carmela, survive the maelstrom of the Civil War by putting on cabaret performances in the Spanish countryside. In a dialectic of the sublime and the ridiculous, a tragicomedy of deathly fear and fearless courage, the author offers an insight into this turbulent period of Spain’s history. This performance will take place at the Prometeo Theatre, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus located at 300 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami.

Saturday, July 19th, 2008. 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 20th, 2008. 5:00 p.m.

Metamorfosis Producciones Teatrales from Madrid, Spain. Ñaque o De Piojos y Actores. (Thespians, or Of Lice and Actors), by José Sanchis Sinisterra. Directed by José Sanchis Sinisterra and Carlos Martín. Ríos and Solano, two actors from 17th century Castille, arrive in the here and now fresh from a long sojourn through space and time, dragging behind them an ancient chest that contains all their theatrical props. This performance will take place at the Carnival Studio Theater – Adrienne Arsht Center, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd in Miami.

Friday and Saturday, July 25th and 26th, 2008. 8:30 p.m.

Komilfo Teatro from Lima, Peru. La Importancia del Abrazo (The Importance of Embracing) written and directed by Pilar Núñez and Jaime Lema. A story of two actors, their beginnings and their 20 years together, a history that we uncover over the course of a performance in which they face off and surrender so as to create new common space, new time. This performance will take place at Teatro Prometeo, Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus, located at 300 NE 2nd Avenue, in Miami.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2008. 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 27th, 2008. 5:00 p.m.

Teatro Avante from Miami. La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas. Adapted by Raquel Carrió. Directed by Lilliam Vega. What truly grips us about La Celestina, who could be anyone, is the way in which old age pulls the strings of the age of innocence. At the end of the performance, we are left with a question. That uneasiness, which has lingered for more than five centuries, is the secret thread that connects us through time. This performance will take place at the Carnival Studio Theater – Adrienne Arsht Center, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd in Miami.

For more information, please call: 305.445.8877

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