Artistic Residency, Tabula RaSa and the Bae Kwan Gong Theater of Busán.
Busán International Performing Arts Festival.
KNN Theater, Busán 5/20-22/2017
Lee Jae Chan
Kim Yun - Ho
Song Jun Seung
Tabula RaSa NYC Theater
Jorge Luis Berrios
Programmer Busán International Performing Arts Festival: Kim Bumki
Assistant Director: Kim Dong-Hynn
Lighting, Stage Assistant, Stage Hands: Aoi Hanada
Photography: Johanna Bock
Director BKG Theater: Hye Ja Ju
Director Tabula RaSa NYC Theater: Ramiro Antonio Sandoval
What do a diver, an exotic dancer and a ghost writer have in common?
How will the lives of these three people enterwine?
Was it an accident? Or was it a calculated action from someone who wanted to hurt her? Did she know the serial killer that everyone is looking for? And who is that lady of unusual elegance who makes videos of young people for an uncertain purpose? In a different part of the world, ghost writer is commissioned to prepare a lecture about women and science, women who have made remarkable discoveries or inventions during the course of their lives, but for one reason or another they have been forgotten.
The Winter of April’s journey will bring together the destiny of these characters. They will find themselves in the dark labyrinth of human trafficking; they will walk through steamy hotel rooms, luxurious gardens, inhospitable deserts, human cages, and a fascinating and never seen before striptease circus named “Le Bad Ton Futuriste.”
This is how a mother will realize that –sometimes– inexorable revenge may take a lifetime.
The winter of April
By Ricardo Sarmiento Gaffurri
Directed by Ramiro Antonio Sandoval
My dear, Helen
Artistic Residency with the Bae Kwan Gong Theater of Busán.
FESTIVAL DE MUJERES EN ESCENA POR LA PAZ.
Sala Seki Sano, 8/19/2017. Bogotá, Colombia.
Artistic residency support from the Corporación Colombiana de Teatro.
Original creation by Hye Ja Ju and the Bae Kwan Gong Theater in Busán, South Korea,
with the participation of Tabula RaSa NYC Theater and Performance Lab.
With Hyo Rim Lee, Edna Lee Figueroa and Claudia Osejo.
Co-Direction of Hye Ja Ju and Ramiro Antonio Sandoval.
A production of Theatre for Peace Project.
Helen I: Hyo Rim Lee
Helen II: Claudia Osejo
Helen III: Edna Lee Figueroa
Directed by: Hye Ja Ju and Ramiro Antonio Sandoval
Production: Bum Ki Kim - Johanna Bock - Giovanny Correa - Giovanny Barrera
Art Direction: Miguel Angel León
Photography: Johanna Bock
General Production: Theatre For Peace Project
It’s not common to find stories or people that move me to study them obsessively for the rest of my life, this may be Helen’s case. It is not only by the concept of good, in terms of the human will nor the overcoming of its destiny; Helen Keller has allowed me to
visualize values that hopefully someday will fill the world. Helen was a woman who, despite her limitations, perceived the
harshness of the world around her and suffered anxieties and frustrations that were not solved before closing her eyes forever.
However, on this stage, my desire is to share with the audience moments of pleasure, joy and passion that we may feel if we only see the world through all our senses.
In retrospect, “My Dear, Helen”, had its origins in 2012 in a non-verbal theater workshop; later in the same year it would evolve with the exploration of the relationship between Helen and its tutor
and all-life teacher Anne Sullivan. In 2014 a third part was added and performed by three actresses who recreated different moments of Helen’s life.
Hye Ja Ju
This is an artistic ensemble and collaboration work between the countries that form the Theatre for Peace Project: Colombia, Korea
and the United States. A co-direction work that continues the experience of the groups Bae Woo, Kwan Gek, Gong Yeon [BKG]
(Actor, Audience and Performance) and Tabula RaSa NYC Theater and Performance Lab, who presented in a bilingual version the play The Winter of April in the city of Bus.n, South Korea, in accordance with the work that begun with BKG’s art residency
in New York, last November and according to the methodological exchange workshop between the two groups. The result of
this exercise was My Dear, Helen (Helen, Querida Mía) presented at the Centro Español of New York, with the participation of the two companies.
Ramiro Antonio Sandoval
Eyes that don’t see,
Ears that don’t hear,
The story of Helen who makes constant
efforts to communicate with the world,
impenetrable, dark and full of silence.
Part I: Helen’s Spring
The young Helen recognizes the
meaning and name of objects.
Part II: Helen in the Forest
Helen as a student at Harvard, her
anxiety for independence and her
loneliness. The woman who begins to
become aware of love and sexuality.
Part III: Helen and the Moon
Helen and her interest in welfare
and work in modern society.
Each episode is developed through
the movement of Helen who relies
entirely on smell and touch.
Darkness and silence.
This play is suitable for hearing impaired audiences