Through music, movement and theatre, El Gallo refers to the multiple challenges a composer/director and a group of singers face when trying to mount a new work in just two weeks in preparation for a choral competition.   The time factor, in addition to the diverse backgrounds and abilities of the participants, all combine to create a series of conflictive encounters which take place in an ambience of extreme tension, giving rise to unexpected situations where each and every one of the singers display the most superficial as well as the most exotic and profound personal ambitions.  

El Gallo is a tale of the confrontation of desires and aspirations.  It talks about how when faced with the challenge of concrete objectives, we become oblivious to the richness and diversity of our current surroundings.  

This proposal by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes seeks to identify new musical/stage expressions by means of a long and unprecedented process of improvisation and vocal experimentation led by director Claudio Valdés Kuri and British composer Paul Barker.    They are joined by the following actors/singers:  Irene Akiko Iida from Japan, Iran’s Kaveh Parmas, Fabrina Melón of the French Antilles, Ernesto Gomez Santana, Edwin Calderón and Itzia Zerón from Mexico.

El Gallo is a co-production by Brighton Festival, Teatro de Ciertos HabitantesCoordinación Nacional de Teatro INBAFestival de México en el Centro Histórico and Festival Música y Escena UNAM. In parallel with the artistic challenges, the dialogue between opera and theatre, represents an innovative way of gathering new and diverse audiences, a subject of special interest to all the co-producers.

Claudio Valdés Kuri






The national premiere took place in March 2009 at the Festival de México en el Centro Historico.  The theatrical run took place in Mexico City during the second half of 2009 at the Centro Cultural del Bosque. From 2010 onwards there will be national and international tours.


El Gallo: weeny wobjab nuwi-nuwi.

Fno peniuro “El Gallo” ni efwo cuckarakoo nu chaba. Schnedjhe weji “Meschikana” ishto djeve dnavuwe. Zhim oodooum djish-kovitch shum “Entre Palabras” (Quindecim 134): varigoteshki oodooumvosch shin waba-waba, presenschi Meschiko 2004, zhim munsterglosch pfluff. Shibi-shaba Claudio uwischke Paul banga-bango luga-largoscki. Lugu-largo nu, chabamota! Clibobonbon 2 aniosks 6 doo-doo’s (Itzia, Irene, Fabrina, Edwin, Kaveh, Ernesto) eeniwoschka widipu shebang-bang Shaptes, Shaktom, Jogbos, Thiktum, Shaktas, Viptim). Sejhenski sinpopozhne!

Paul showany Kalipadi Kalipadi la la la la. Claudio nemi napo, “een ai uwi wina yawi nayame wina yame.” Shinofwe – buzhni zheve zhave vu aiu wia – zhiblink chabe: Ernesto (Viptim), oodooumpapapri: niwe papapra eento puweklobongt: “Shvejishwgvnijmlagenschigcht!” Kaveh (Shaktas) Eduum Hajhne woro udoof Itzia (Shaptes); Edwin (Thiktum) woopi-waas Ernesto (Viptim), een oodooumvoschup eef oodooumvoschlow, wijhne-wojhne www eef mmm (scablickski, djheva!). Irene (Shaktom) eef Fabrina (Jogbos) beetchy-beetchy iwoz toodamkost: “nemi napo chiwa!” Nuwishni 6 showany, perobut 6 wwwmmm!

EL Gallo powukany 5 presactus eef 1 blevisch, posty-posty. Koabn 1, “oiuqgfhcnqxj”; koabn 2 (meent 8 oodooumarcos), weeschkum blivny; koabm 3, weeschkum “da lucha libre*”; koabm 4, wwwv eent mmmv – “iepiphaneeasch”; koabm 5, oodooum “el Gallo”; koabm 6 – blevisch, posty-posty, nemoniwi, debiwe dewiya!

Owosni iban chaba, Kuri-Kuri, Barcher czhim 6 6 doo-doo’s eefam techi-techis, votchem zubswotch obenmischen ha-ha, ha-ha, ha-ha andenk totan (o :)! Glabischneuf glujm-glujm!!

*woschish kabakaktpa Meschikana


Paul Barker




El Gallo


For actors singers and instrumental ensemble



Paul Barker



Claudio Valdés Kuri*





Direction and dramaturgy      Claudio Valdés Kuri*

Music                                           Paul Barker 





Itzia Zerón                                        Shaptes

Irene Akiko Iida                               Shatom

Fabrina Melón                                Jogbos

Edwin Calderón                             Thiktum

Kaveh Parmas /Guillermo Proal   Shaktas

Ernesto Gómez Santana               Viptim


Gamaliel Cano / Paul Barker       Guest conductor


Cuarteto 1

Martha Moreyra Violin

Diana Capilla Violin

Dulce Capilla/Daniel Rivera Viola

Diego Cifuentes Cello


Cuarteto 2 

Guillermo Villanueva/Alejandro Flores Violin

Renata García Viollin

Francisco Chagolla Viola

Rodolfo Jiménez Cello


Lighting design          Matías Gorlero / Xóchitl Gonzalez

Costume design        Ricardo Covalín

Production                 Sergio Écatl

Training and vocal investigation              María Huesca 

Corporal and vocal investigation            Daniel Prieto Bravo 

Movement investigation                            Diego Piñon

Stage improvisation adviser                      Claudia Mader

Choreography                                            Ruby Tagle 

Wrestling adviser                                         Alfredo Reyes Vargas 

Direction assistant                                       Ignacio Plá

Graphic designer                                       Felipe Lara


Commissioned by Brighton Festival


Production Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes AC

Coordinación Nacional de Teatro INBA 

Conservatorio Nacional de Música INBA

Festival de México

Festival Internacional Música y Escena UNAM


Sponsors The Anglo Mexican Foundation

México en Escena - FONCA

Pineda Covalín


Project supported by Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.

*Member of the “Sistema Nacional de Creadores Arte FONCA-CONACULTA”