Ana Correa, Rebeca Ralli, Lucía Lora Ana Correa, Rebeca Ralli, Lucía Lora
  • Title: La primera cena
  • Alternate Title: The First Supper
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 1:09:36
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1996 Nov 22
  • Location: Performed at Casa Yuyachkani, Lima, Peru
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Ana Correa, Rebeca Ralli, Lucia Lora.
  • Credits: Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, producer ; Teresa Ralli, director.

La primera cena (1996)

This play, directed by Teresa Ralli and created in collaboration with Ana Correa, Rebecca Ralli and Lucia Lora in 1996, explores the interplay between women?s subjective realm and the social sphere, in the line of the broader ongoing investigation on women's issues developed by the female members of the Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani. Three friends meet up to cook and share a supper on the last day of the last year of the XXth century, honoring a pact made twenty years before. Only two of the original three friends arrive (the third, a militant worker for human rights, has been murdered); in her place, her daughter (played by Lucia Lora) arrives to honor the pact made by her mother. All three women are in different stages in their lives. The first character (played by Ana Correa) was the top of her class in High School but, upon graduation, she quickly married and had five kids who are her entire life now. The second character (played by Rebecca Ralli) realized her High School dreams by becoming an artist, but stopped painting when she entered into a bad marriage ten years after graduation. The third character, the daughter of the third friend, is resentful because, although her mother had time for the rights of other children, she feels that she never had time for her. The three women revisit their lives and the moments they feel that changed the course of their destiny. They decide that this will be the first supper (la primera cena) of their new lives. In the middle of dinner, the "Goddess of the Kitchen" appears (in this play, the kitchen functions as a metaphor for life); the characters revalue the knowledge and wisdom of women (in the context of the space of the kitchen), ultimately inviting the audience to share their first supper with them by eating the soup they were actually cooking on stage.

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