Nuestra Señora de las Nubes (2001) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Nuestra señora de las nubes
  • Alternate Title: Our Lady of the Clouds
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:25:49
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 28 Jun 2001
  • Location: Performed as part of the Hispanic Theatre Festival in New York City.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: María del Rosario 'Charo' Francés, Arístides Vargas.
  • Credits: Grupo de Teatro Malayerba, producer ; Arístides Vargas, writer, director ; Paulina Tapia, Daysi Sanchez, Randi Krarup, producers ; José Rosales, Valentina Pacheco, costumes & props ; Alberto Caleris, music ; E. Villacís (El Vicho) & Surreal, graphic design.

Nuestra Señora de las Nubes (2001)

Nuestra Señora de las Nubes (subtitled as an "exercise on exile") tells the story of the encounters of two political exiles, Oscar and Bruna, who meet in a nondescript place and time to share memories of their homeland, an ethereal, fictional town called Nuestra Señora de las Nubes (Our Lady of the Clouds). Constantly alternating between present realities and past memories, and with two pieces of luggage as sole belongings, the characters share anecdotes of their experience as exiles, their dreams, needs, frustrations, desires, loves, oblivions and memories. A town that only exists in the memory of expatriates, Nuestra Señora maps the experience of diaspora as an existential condition of permanent uprootedness, in this case inspired by the history of Latin American exile. Exile, in this work, becomes not only the physical loss of one's homeland, but the erosion of one's ability to remain inside one's own memories. Memory as a sort of joint venture, then, allows for the construction of a new territory to belong to, a new homeland of affect where to survive, yearn and remember.


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