La Catalina del Riachuelo (1998) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: La Catalina del Riachuelo
  • Alternate Title: Catalina of the Riachuelo
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:50:03
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1998
  • Location: Performed at Galp├│n de Catalinas, La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Type-Format: performance, community theater
  • Cast: Grupo de Teatro Catalinas Sur.
  • Credits: Grupo de Teatro Catalinas Sur, producer, collective creation ; Adhemar Bianchi, director ; Omar Gasparini, set design ; Alfredo Iriarte, choreography.

La Catalina del Riachuelo (1998)

1998 version of the by now traditional murga "La Catalina del Riachuelo," performed by the community theater group Catalinas Sur of the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Staged since 1992 and adapted to each year's socio-political climate, the piece poses a carnivalesque critique of current local political events and social issues. La Catalina del Riachuelo's songs, storytelling and humorous skits compose a satirical commentary on politics and politicians, power and the powerful, and events of national (and international) repercussion. Political corruption, police brutality, environmental pollution, and unemployment are some of the topics discussed in the piece, presented as the downside of globalization and "Progress." Historically, carnival and the local tradition of the Rioplatense "murga"- has been a space for the transgression and critique of the rules of the leading classes by the popular imaginary. "La Catalina del Riachuelo" is conceived as a tribute to this Argentinean popular tradition. It is a both a critique of society's political maladies and a celebration of hope, love and the honoring of cultural heritage as social antidotes to these problems, as cohesive forces giving a sense of community to the inhabitants of La Boca.


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