Summary: 'Luna menguante' poses a theatrical immersion into women's 'intimate and secret' universe. Meshing religious and popular myths, rites, and beliefs, along with music and circus skills, four women of different generations (grandmother, mother, and two daughters) weave a complex fabric of taboos and desires around natural and biological processes - menstruation, deflowering, menopause, senile dementia. Bound by repression and inhibitions, the characters inhabit real and mental spaces in a sordid world dictated by habits and traditions. Teatro La Máscara is the oldest - and one of the only - feminist, all-women's theater in Colombia. Founded in 1972 in Cali, La Máscara was a political theater initially comprised of male as well as female actors; by the early 1980s, when only the women stayed and wanted to continue the theatrical trajectory of the group, Lucy Bolaños decided to make La Máscara a women's ensemble fully dedicated to a feminine dramaturgy on gender issues. Committed to feminism and social change, they have stayed true to this mission, despite the many social and economic pressures they've had to endure in an environment plagued by violence and machismo, which constantly seeks to 'invisibilize' their work. Because of their fruitful stubbornness, La Máscara is not only creating and staging plays, but also working with marginalized communities, actively participating in political protests and demonstrations, and being involved in the organization of theater festivals. Through their work, they keep re-thinking women's role in the construction of a peaceful Colombia.
Credits: Teatro La Máscara, producer, props, lighting design ; Teatro La Candelaria, producer ; Patricia Ariza, writer, director ; Santiago García, Wilson Pico, special coaching ; Pedro Alcántara, Héctor Fabio Cobo, artistic coaching, costume and set design ; Clara Restrepo, videographer ; Gustavo Vivas, music and sound design ; Jorge Zamudio, set technician ; Mónika Herrán, Pakiko Ordóñez, photographers.
Credits: Lucy Bolaños (protagonist), Ximena Escobar (protagonist), Valentina Vivas (protagonist), Susana Uribe (protagonist).