PRESENTATION

 

 

We have taken the character of Joan of Arc, an emblematic personality represented many times in theatre, cinema and literature, and we have asked what lasting impression remains with us of the powerful saga of this unique warrior of world history. To this question we have applied all our resources: actors and creators from various countries, with different techniques and ways of looking at art and the world, with our polemics, discoveries and disappointments, with our instincts and above all, with a common goal.

 

 

We have posed various premises and challenges: a stage divided in two sections facing each other, an interaction between the actor and spectator and then the spectator and the actor, seeking to break down the normal barriers between acting and offstage reality with a constant swing between nationalities and historical periods, where the past and present walk hand in hand in open dialogue.

 

 

We found it easier when we finally abandoned our initial inclination to change the face of history, on discovering that its message, although devastating, is at the same time simple, subtle and profoundly relevant. With this in mind we have tried to emphasize its moderating influence which affects us all. Joan is an extreme and ever relevant example, an invitation to listen to our inner voice, to become warriors and cross over our limitations, overcoming our only real enemy: ourselves.

 

 

Claudio Valdés Kuri

Director

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

 

A journey through the most important and well known experiences of Joan of Arc: the visit to her feudal lord, her entrance to the court and her interview with the Dauphin, the taking of Orleans, the coronation of Charles VII, her falling into the hands of the enemy army, her trial and her passion. However, in this version, the story of Joan is just the vertebral column, from which little by little the centre of interest opens out to include each and every one of the participants in the event, both the actors and the public.

 

 

 

 

FROM THE PROGRAM NOTES

 

 

Even there, where you do not look, where you do not listen,

Or there, where you do not stop on your way¿

There, the trumpet will sound and it will call you;

Your heart will follow

because it is no more than the sound of your own voice.

 

The internal battle is a match already won,

all that remains is to acknowledge it.

 

Your inner voice is the only one to heed¿ can there be any other?

Would you die in defense of it?

Should you live listening to your own voice

or merely survive paraphrasing that of the others?

Live or survive, that is YOUR choice.

 

Give all your attention and your intention to the following words:

NOTHING you fear really exists

Therefore, can you trust?

 

 

 

 

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

 

 

2004

  • International Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Jiménez Rueda Theatre, INBA, Mexico.
  • National Theatre Showcase, Tijuana, Mexico.

 

2005

  • Jiménez Rueda Theatre, INBA, Mexico City.
  • Juan Ruiz de Alarcón Theatre, UNAM, Mexico City.
  • Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria.
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

 

 

TEATRO DE CIERTOS HABITANTES

 

 

Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes was founded in 1997. The company has been internationally acclaimed due to its previous productions: Becket or the Honour of God, Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati, The Grey Automobile and Where Will I Be Tonight? The director, Claudio Valdés Kuri, has received several international awards, as well as the company.

 

 

The company has performed at many renowned venues and festivals including: International Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels), In-Transit-HKW (Berlin), Festival de l´Imaginaire (Paris), Les Translatines Festival (Bayonne), Grec Festival (Barcelona), Ibero-American Festival (Cadiz), Temporada Alta (Gerona), Open Granada (Granada), Ibero-American Festival (Bogota), International Theatre Festival (Caracas), Cultural Carnival (Valparaiso), International Festival Teatro a Mil (Santiago de Chile), International Theatre Festival (Belo Horizonte), Riocenacontemporanea Festival (Rio de Janeiro), International Arts Showcase (Puerto Rico), Singapore Arts Festival (Singapore), Expo-Aichi (Nagoya), National Theatre (El Cairo), Argelia Radio (Argel). In United-States the company has performed in many of the main country venues, in the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Time-Based Art Festival (Portland), Ford Amphitheatre (Hollywood, California), The New 42nd Street Theatre (Broadway, New York), among many others.

 

 

Their long-running season in Mexico City has played to sold-out houses and the company has organized several national tours throughout Mexico.

 

Complementary to each project, Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes offers a full range of activities in residence including panel discussions, lectures, classes, workshops, radio series, TV programs and interactive compact discs.

 

 

Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes works under simple principles that provoke ample consequences. Each project is approached considering risks, specific questioning and an open debate. Once these risks and questions have been duly solved, the project is concluded permitting the group to concentrate on another project. We consider that the element of change is the prime instrument for the development of the artistic spirit. Research work is emphasized for each project, avoiding as much as possible the repetition of former presentation models and previous discoveries. At the same time, each presentation is ¿polished¿ during long processes to attain maturity, nourished by the experience accumulated, pertaining to direction, production, creativity and interpreters. Reliance on scenic work is placed entirely upon a multidisciplinary artist, actor-musician-dancer, who will use all of his abilities to the utmost.

 

 

 

 

Claudio Valdés Kuri, director

 

 

Claudio Valdés Kuri, a prestigious Mexican director, is recognized as one of Latin America¿s artists with the most international acclaim. Founder and director of the company Certain Inhabitants¿ Theatre, his work includes The Grey Automobile, Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati, Becket or the Honour of God and Where Will I Be Tonight?, all presented in Mexico (his native country), and in Europe, Latin America, the United States and the Caribbean. Specialized critics have given him well-deserved recognition, such as naming him the best director in experimental theatre as well as best group theatre director.

 

 

Several important governmental offices have commissioned and co-produced his productions: National Theatre Company (Mexico), National Autonomous University of Mexico, International Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels) and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna).

 

 

Claudio Valdés Kuri was selected to develop the Translation and Contextualizationproject for Arts International (New York City) and took part in the Artist in Contextprogram sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Center of North Carolina¿s DukeUniversity and Arts Management program in the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.).

 

 

He has received several grants from Cultural Contact, the US-Mexico Foundation for Culture, Young scholarship holders and Co-investment projects from Mexico¿s National Fund for Culture and the Arts.

 

 

Claudio Valdés Kuri graduated with honours as a film director from Mexico¿s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, specializing in Documentary.

 

 

Claudio´s training as an actor began at the early age of 11 in 1976, under the tutorship of Susana Wein. He participated in countless productions with her company for the next seventeen years. From 1996 to 1999 he was part of Austria¿s Carpa Theater. He has also received considerable recognition as a versatile set designer and lighting expert inMexico and other countries.

 

 

He was co-founder and bass voice of the early music ensemble Ars Nova, dedicated mostly to the rediscovery of Renaissance and Latin American baroque music. Over the last fifteen years, this group has toured Mexico, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East,South America, the United States, and the Caribbean.

 

 

The monthly publication Mexican Leaders has acknowledged him as one of the top 300 most influential leaders in the country.

 

 

 

 

Igor Lozada, executive producer

 

 

Igor Lozada is well known in the Mexican theatre community as an outstanding producer. At Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, he is the company´s co-founder, executive director and producer. Productions by this theatre group have been presented in Mexico, Europe,Latin America, the United States and the Caribbean, attaining great success.

 

 

He studied Communication Sciences in the National University of Mexico and acting in the Centre for Theatre Studies. He increased his artistic knowledge with diplomas from the Theatre House and the National Arts Centre, studying with professors such as Richard Schechner, Luis de Tavira and José Caballero. In addition to his collaborations with director Claudio Valdés Kuri, Lozada has served as producer, actor and assistant director with artists Miguel Ángel Gaspar, Luis Mario Moncada, Pablo Mandoki, Rubén Ortiz and Susana Wein. Lozada has also worked as Technical Coordinator of the Caribbean Festival, Technical Director of the National Theatre Showcase and as the Executive Producer and Theatre Coordinator of the Cervantino International Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREDITS

 

 

TEATRODECIERTOSHABITANTES

MEXICO

 

 

WHERE WILL I BE TONIGHT?

By Claudio Valdés Kuri and Maricarmen Gutiérrez

 

Director

Claudio Valdés Kuri

 

 

Starring

María Teresa dal Pero*

Gibrán Galaviz

Carlos López

Miguel Ángel López

Fermín Martínez

Gerardo Taracena

Ruy Olivares

Kaveh Parmas

Gastón Yanes

 

Director

Claudio Valdés Kuri

Texts

Bernard Shaw
María Teresa dal Pero
Maricarmen Gutiérrez and
Claudio Valdes Kuri

Executive producer

Igor Lozada

General coordination

Fabrina Melón

Set design

Claudio Valdés Kuri and Igor Lozada

Lighting design

Matías Gorlero

Costume design

María Rosa Manzini

Choreographer

Diego Piñón

Composition advisor

Juan Cristóbal Cerrillo

Production

Coordinación Nacional de Teatro - INBA
Dirección de Teatro y Danza - UNAM
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels)
Wiener Festwochen (Vienna)
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin)
Festival del Desierto
Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes
México en Escena - FONCA

 

 

* Guest actress from Teatro de los Andes (Bolivia)