Bicicleta lerux [videorecording] : apuntes sobre la intimidad de los héroes.
Summary: 'Bicicleta Lerux' presents the life of Ulises, a domestic Ulysses who never leaves home and whose travels are limited to wandering between the living room, the kitchen and the bathroom, in a personal Odyssey of memory. Penelope, in the meantime, unravels Ulises' journey, revealing an intimate life full of absences. The voyage is triggered by Lerux - a person? a place? an idea? - which stirs Ulises' deepest feelings and emotions. 'Bicicleta Lerux' was inspired by the powerful motif of Ulysses' Odyssey. While not intending to recreate the classic Greek myth, the play explores the human aspects of this quest, turning a mythical voyage into an everyday human experience, mapping out the 'geography' of a person's life - the chasms of tragedies endured, the distant, gentle slopes of happiness enjoyed. The Grupo de Teatro Malayerba (teatromalayerba.org) was founded in Quito in 1979 by Arístides Vargas, Susana Pautasso and María del Rosario 'Charo' Francés, immigrant actors originally from Argentina and Spain. From the start, Malayerba included actors with various backgrounds and nationalities, invested in the exploration of the rich cultural diversity and complex history of Ecuador, as well as issues of migration, exile, political violence and individual and collective memory. With over 25 years of ongoing theater practice and more than 20 plays performed locally and internationally for a diverse audience, Malayerba is committed to theater pedagogy and experimentation, artistic collaboration, and community building. They have represented Ecuador in national and international theater festivals; they have also collaborated with theater groups within Ecuador and in other countries, and performed for both film and television, while engaging in community work in Quito. In 1989 the group created the Laboratorio Malayerba, committed to the training of generations of young
Summary: Ecuadorian actors and to an ongoing investigation of theories and practices of experimental theater. In 2001 Malayerba launched the theater journal 'Hoja de Teatro,' conceived as a forum for the theorization, criticism and dissemination of Ecuadorian theater practices. The group also runs a theater house, the Casa Malayerba, which houses the Laboratory as well as a theater with seating capacity for seventy people. Malayerba approaches theater making as an artistic, ethical and technical realm where to engage in meaningful creative experiences through which to understand, assume and confront current sociopolitical processes. In working together, actors with various backgrounds and nationalities have shown that a multicultural blend is not only possible but also enriching, as differences lead to new identities, embodiments of dreams, memories, absences and pains that are at once local and universal.
Credits: Grupo de Teatro Malayerba, producer ; Arístides Vargas, director, writer ; José Rosales, costume & set design ; Elena Navarrete, photography, graphic design, lighting.
Credits: Diego Bolaños, Manuela Romoleroux, María del Rosario 'Charo' Francés, Gerson Guerra, Cristina Marchán, José Rosales, Daysi Sánchez, Joselino Suntaxi, Arístides Vargas.