A Movable Feast

The local International Hispanic Theatre Festival is one of the biggest and best of its kind -- when will South Florida discover it?

Here are some highlights to help:

This year, the festival will open and close with two of Spain's most renowned companies, Teatro del Temple and Compania Marta Carrasco. Temple's Buñuel, Lorca, y Dalí has won several awards for acting, set design, and direction since its debut in 2000. It explores the art and friendship of the three most influential Spanish artists of the 20th Century, with the Spanish Civil War as a backdrop. Together with the Florida Dance Association, Catalan choreographer Marta Carrasco will present the dance-theater piece Mira'm: Se Dicen Tantas Cosas at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach), which is part of Second Thursdays and free to the public.


May 31 to June 16. Most will be performed twice; call Teatro Avante, 305-445-8877.
Various venues in Broward and Miami-Dade counties

Santa Cecilia: Una Ceremonia para una Actriz Desesperada: Speaking from her tomb at the bottom of the sea, Cecilia looks for meaning in her life and her death. Audiences can witness a special performance by Vivian Acosta, one of Cuba's most highly respected actresses, for whom the role was originally written.

Besides the Pia Fraus Company's Bichos do Brasil ("Critters from Brazil"), two local companies will present three works especially for children but entertaining for all ages. Miami's Teatro Avante will debut an original work (with English supertitles), The Fair of Discoveries, cowritten by Avante's Lilliam Vega and Cuba-based scholar/playwright Raquel Carrió. Four minstrels tell the story of Galileo Galilei, the famous mathematician, physicist, and astronomer whose discoveries clashed with the accepted beliefs of his day but eventually transformed the medieval view of the world in favor of new, modernist principles. As Carrió explains, "The Fair of Discoveries is a game of knowledge, a dialogue that is also a metaphorical journey into imagination and memory."

Prometeo Community Theatre of Miami-Dade Community College's Wolfson Campus (300 NE Second Ave., Miami) has gathered some of the city's most talented artists to produce a liberal adaptation of La Farsa Maravillosa del Gato con Botas. The play retains the most fundamental element of children's theater -- a love for the fantastic -- and combines it with poetry, farce, and puppetry. Celebrated Cuban artist Ramon Alejandro has created the wardrobe and set design; the original musical score is by Alfredo Triff.

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