La tras escena (1984)
  • Title: La tres escena [excerpts]
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:45:27
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1984
  • Location: Teatro La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Patricia Ariza, Nohora Ayala, César Badillo, Hernando Forero, Santiago García, Francisco Martínez, Fernando Mendoza, Adelaida Nieto, Fernando Peñuela, Inés Prieto, Álvaro Rodríguez, Ignacio Rodríguez, Betty Rolando.
  • Credits: Fernando Peñuela, director, writer ; Teatro La Candelaria, producer ; Juan Manuel Lugo, set & costumes, poster ; Jorge Pinto, Hugo Torres, lighting ; Lina Uribe, sound ; Ignacio Rodríguez, music ; Luís Cruz, Monika Herrán, photographers.

La tras escena (1984)

Video excerpts of Teatro La Candelaria's "La tras escena." We see the backstage of a theatrical production. They are planning to do a rehearsal. The play shows the tensions and conflicts within the creative group as the debut approaches. They are staging a play about the conquest of America. Some of the actors seem to be very frustrated with the play and with their career. The play also shows the connections between theater and political interests and pressures (the group is the National Company of Theater). The director hires a group of Indigenous people to perform as Indians from the time of the Conquest. They refuse to perform without being paid and so the play becomes a mess. This is the first in a series of disturbances (most of them associated with political issues) that interrupts and threatens to ruin the rehearsals and the debut of the piece. This play represents an exercise in meta-theater by this experienced theater group, a fast-moving mixture of comedy and a rather serious consideration of the relationship between art and politics.