Teatro Dallas presents 20th International Performance Festival

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20th International Festival
Las Sillas Photo courtesy of Teatro Dallas

Teatro Dallas will present its 20th International Performance Festival, featuring a world premiere performance by a jazz quartet and a Spanish version of Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs presented by Teatro Gotico from Mexico City and starring Cora Cardona, founder of Teatro Dallas.

On Saturday, February 12, Teatro Dallas will present Pastor’s Paradox, featuring a jazz quartet led by Aruán Ortiz. Ortiz is a pianist, violist, and composer and has been an active figure in the progressive jazz and avant garde scene in the US for more than 15 years. Pastor’s Paradox is an original work inspired by the political life and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. in five movements.

Las Sillas (The Chairs) will be presented on February 19 and 20. The translation was done by Cardona, Eduardo Ruiz Saviñón and Gabriel Pingarrón. Teatro Gótico is known for its stark humor and post-punk, minimalist aesthetic that explores classics of gothic literature; Southern, English and Spanish. Through innovative adaptations of Melville, Shelley, Stoker, and Tenessee Williams, this Mexico City-based theater company reinvigorates familiar tales through a contemporary lens.

In this innovative iteration of Ionesco's absurd masterpiece, an aging couple comes to represent a depleted contemporary society. Through their nightly games, this couple manifest the struggles of migration to a promised land, a reality that plagues the developing world. The intimate becomes universal, as violence and exhaustion within the family becomes a metaphor for the struggle between powerful states and global citizens.

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Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75204