Mexico’s Cervantino Worldwide Competition celebrates its fiftieth anniversary : NPR

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A scene from “Entremeses Cervantinos,” three one-act performs written by Miguel de Cervantes, at Plaza San Roque, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Competition


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A scene from “Entremeses Cervantinos,” three one-act performs written by Miguel de Cervantes, at Plaza San Roque, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Competition

On a current Saturday night time on the Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato, Portuguese singer Carminho is performing her second Fado referred to as O Começo (The Starting). She’s accompanied by a quartet of bass, electrical and acoustic guitars and the emblematic instrument of fado, the 12-steel string Portuguese guitar. Fado songs are deeply melancholic, the lyrics are crammed with ‘saudade,’ a sense of nostalgia and longing.

It is Carminho’s first time performing on the Cervantino Worldwide Competition and the viewers is mesmerized. Backstage, after the present, she says the streets of Guanajuato have quite a lot of vitality, like an erupting volcano. “And once I got here to the stage, I obtained the identical depth from the viewers. It was nice, nice, unforgettable!” she says.

This yr is particular. After a digital version in 2020, and a hybrid model final yr – the competition is again in particular person and celebrating 50 years. “It is a competition the place individuals can come to take pleasure in theater, dance, music, movies, literature, gastronomy, avenue theater, circus, and so forth,” says competition director Mariana Aymerich. “They’ll include the entire household, to take pleasure in 19 days to really feel, to bounce, and to mirror with all of the artists which might be right here with us.”

There are 25 venues unfold throughout the town of Guanajuato, most of them situated throughout the historic middle. The indoor venues embrace theaters, baroque church buildings, a mine and a membership within the catacombs, beneath the town. Half of the occasions are free. However among the finest parts of the competition is the outside venues: 5 metropolis squares, a former practice station, and a grocery store all make the town come alive on daily basis.

On the competition’s greatest outside venue, Coreyah, a psychedelic Korean folks band is performing in entrance of greater than 4,000 individuals. The band is a mix of conventional Korean music, American rock and world rhythms.

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Yearly, competition organizers invite a rustic and a state of Mexico. Korea is the invited nation this yr. In collaboration with the Korean embassy, the competition programmers invited 10 completely different teams together with the Ok-Pop band KARD; Sumi Jo, a famend opera singer; and the Korean Nationwide Modern Dance Firm.

One of many huge performing teams invited by the competition did a flash mob on the Plaza del Baratillo, a picturesque sq. within the coronary heart of the town. Greater than 40 performers, together with an opera singer and a small orchestra, had been recreating a chunk from their huge multi-disciplinary present referred to as Tururú, Los Jovenes También Viajan en Metro (The Youth Additionally Travels on the Subway).

Taína González is the director of the manufacturing. She made it a precedence to incorporate youth from working-class neighborhoods throughout Mexico Metropolis within the efficiency. “There are various issues they may do and by no means imagined. For instance, within the theatre group I am main, most of the individuals had no thought they had been going to do a play,” she says. “They have been engaged on it for a yr and it is great to see how a lot they’ve grown and the way reassuring it’s for them.”

For 50 years, the Cervantino Competition has been a cultural reference, nurturing the general public and each sort of artist. Angela Gonzalez, director of the Ruelas Basis, says the competition has dropped at Mexico all the nice performers from around the globe. “There is no comparability what the competition has completed, no less than in Latin America, as an area for a variety of aesthetic experiences, a spot of studying and an area of freedom.”

Orquesta Típica de la CDMX, acting at Templo de la Compañía, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Competition


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Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Competition


Orquesta Típica de la CDMX, acting at Templo de la Compañía, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Competition



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