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La Zouze presentation in Managua

Róger Solórzano Canales | May 4, 2012

"Evelyne house of shame" rehearsals at Managua. | Photographer: Olga Ortiz Kurashvili

French Company with high trajectory presents interactive show "Evelyne House of Shame".

This will be an unconventional show: the sets and costumes have been prepared and assembled by the artists on the site, the stage has no limits, it will be in the various areas of the building of the “Alianza Francesa” (French Alliance), the public can be not only spectator, but also interact with the work itself. So it paints the artistic proposal presented by the French company La Zouze tonight, Friday the 4th, and tomorrow Saturday, May the 5th, in the city of Managua.

Nine artists from La Zouze arrived in Nicaragua since last Saturday (April 28th), and the day after began a couple of workshops with a score of artists together to mount the show this weekend. Our country is the ultimate destination of a tour of performances and art workshops that had been developed from one and a half month ago in Central America. They were previously in Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

In each country, the company set up his proposal entitled "Evelyne House of Shame", which is to create in situ a unique show, unrepeatable, linking dance, theater, music, scenery and themes that seek to provoke and to reflect the public. In the staging is presented not only the artists of the company, but also local artists with whom they have developed workshops to produce the show.

A score of Nicaraguan artists, between dancers, playwrights, photographers and musicians took part in the two free workshops taught by La Zouze this week at the Alianza Francesa (French Alliance). A workshop was on Dance and Performance (taught by Christophe Haleb, choreographer and company director), and the other on Set and Costume (taught by designer Laurent Le Bourhis). Now, all the artists will present together, tonight and tomorrow, the show that seeks to change the interaction with an audience that not only wants to leave him in the role of "spectator".

Originated in France 18 years ago, La Zouze already has a long Interdisciplinary artistic journey and presentations at various sites in Europe and the world. The company has always counted on the support of regional and city governments in his country. Its work "Evelyne House of Shame" first appeared in 2009 and since then it´s been mounted in different scenarios. In the words of La Zouze on this show: "What concerns us here is to know what the collective body is capable of inventing to smash the history announced."

The presentation will be in Managua in the central area and front street of the Alianza Francesa, located in Los Robles: from the Embassy of Mexico 30 meters north. Today and tomorrow the doors will open to the public from 7:00 pm, and there will be an entrance fee of C$40 Cordobas.

Translated by Aída Pichardo