El cantar del playo or... a song is a rose is a thorn
14 Apr20:00 - 22:00in, GentKunstencentrum Vooruit - Ghent (BE)
15 Apr20:00 - 22:00in, GentKunstencentrum Vooruit - Ghent (BE)
In ‘El cantar del playo or... a song is a rose is a thorn’, Mario Barrantes Espinoza revisits the gay night scene in Costa Rica of the early 2010s, the years in which the music genre plancha popularized. Plancha contains a wide variety of styles with songs that have lyrics about love and heartbreak in common. The songs are full of theatricality, often celebrating the fantasy and suffering of romantic love. As a genre, it is closely linked to the telenovela culture as well as the art of the transformistas (drag queens).
‘El cantar del playo or... a song is a rose is a thorn’ can be imagined as a songbook with a collection of plancha songs drawn from Espinoza's own experiences in the gay scene of Costa Rica at that time. Through melodrama and poetic storytelling, he'll be reincarnating that period in time on stage. He won’t be the only one to perform: sound, lights, costumes and texts will act as autonomous elements creating a multimedia performance where choreography meets poetry.
concept, artistic direction & performance: Mario Barrantes Espinoza - concept assistance: Manu - artistic assistance: Theo Livesey - text edition: Theo Livesey & Mario Barrantes Espinoza - sound design & music arrangement: Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld - lighting & technical direction: Ryoya Fudetani - costumes & set: Flavio Juan Núñez & Laurent Tijou - video projections: Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc - vocal advice & coaching: Ignacio Jarquín - production: Hiros - co-production: Kunstenwerkplaats, wpZimmer, KVS, Het TheaterFestival, Arts Centre Voo?uit, C-takt & KAAP - in collaboration with: Arts Centre Buda, workspacebrussels & deSingel - with the support of: the Flemish government - in co-production with: LOD muziektheater