This week @ La Biblioteca
One act poetic drama about the breakdown of a marriage
By Anthony Maulucci
Why do most marriages fail and why does a married couple stay together long after their romantic passion has been extinguished? My one-act poetic drama, Fugue for a Man and a Woman, explores the emotional lives of a husband and wife whose marriage has broken down and shows us the confusion and frustration of two people who are struggling to come to grips with the loss of love. In separate monologues that run along parallel lines, each partner expresses their disappointments, their unfulfilled needs, and their view of the other’s shortcomings. Although neither one is solely responsible, they find ample reasons to blame each other as they search for the probable causes of the disintegration of their marriage.
Theater: One act poetic drama about the breakdown of a marriage. Mon & Tue, Feb 27 & 28, 3pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50a
Fugue for a Man and a Woman will be performed once again in San Miguel by veteran local actors Bill Pearlman and Phoebe Greyson in the Sala Quetzal of La Biblioteca on Monday, February 27 & Tuesday February 28 at 3:00 PM. Henry Vermillion directs. I will be on hand for a Q & A with the audience after the Monday performance only. A donation of 20 pesos is requested to help support La Biblioteca‘s programs. A copy of the play is available for reading online at www.anthonymaulucci.com
The Poet & the Player: two turbulent years for T.S. Eliot
The year is 1920 and the poet T.S. Eliot is living in London, struggling with writers’ block and a wife who is slowly going mad. He meets Marie Lloyd, music hall performer and superstar of her generation, at her 50th birthday party. He is 32. Far-fetched? Not at all; she is the Madonna of her era and is married to her third husband, a handsome, if insensitive, ex-jockey, precisely Eliot’s age. Over the course of the next two years Eliot will finish writing The Waste Land, the extraordinary poem that made him the leading poet of his generation.
Theater: The Poet & the Player. Wed, Mar 7-Sat, Mar 10, 8pm. Sun, Mar 11, 5pm. Teatro Santa Ana, Reloj 50A. 150 Pesos
Marilyn Bullivant has written a remarkable play, The Poet and the Player, which documents these two years. The play stars Bullivant as Marie and her husband Rick Davey as the struggling Eliot. Christine Foster, the noted Canadian writer and director, will be directing the production.
Writing is not new to Marilyn; she cut her teeth writing original material for the popular Literary Cabaret in which she performs together with Rick. She also co-wrote Sex, Lies and Quilting, which makes its Canadian premiere in Toronto in May of this year. She says, The Poet and the Player is a far more dramatic piece, but it’s very lively, is punctuated with my wacky humor, and features a selection of musical numbers.”
Gerry Holmes is designing the set. Funny, poignant, toe-tapping and downright entertaining, The Poet and the Player is a must see.
Prehispanic concert at La Biblioteca
By Robyn Halliday
Archaeological evidence suggests that the ancient Aztecs maintained a school of music at Tenochtitlan, their capital city. No doubt the young musicians in training studied the pre Hispanic instruments that we find today in the museums of Mexico, instruments like the teponaztli, a type of wood drum carved from a large tree trunk, and the quiquiztli (conch shell trumpet). We know that the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures had a rich music tradition. Its existence is evident in the many ancient instruments discovered and in the depiction in sculpture and painting of musicians and their instruments.
Music: Prehispanic concert at La Biblioteca. Fri, Mar 2, 5:30pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations 60 pesos
What was the ancient music like? This question has motivated a group of young local musicians to study and learn to play the instruments of their indigenous ancestors. They perform as an ensemble called “Collar del Viento,” (the wind’s necklace). The six members of “Collar del Viento” have been performing together for about three years and are instructed by a professional Mexican musician (Gonzalo Gómez) from Mineral de Pozos who not only plays the ancient instruments, but makes them as well.
Collar del Viento consists of six young Mexicans ranging in age from 17 to 21 years. They play pre-Hispanic music on replica instruments like drums, flutes, rattles, conch and gourd trumpets and musical stones.
Collar del Viento will perform in costume and face paint utilizing the traditional ritualistic effects of incense, flowers and candles. After the performance the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and examine the instruments.
Jazz, gypsy and classical guitar
By Andrei Krylov
Andrei Krylov – Guitarist / Composer from Canada (originally from Russia) who has played for guitar 40 years and has published 44 CD’s/albums with Flamenco, Jazz, Gypsy and Classical guitar music. They are available at: iTunes.com, Amazon.com etc.
Music w/Andrei Krylov. Fri, Mar 2, 7:30pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations 100 pesos
He studied guitar in a music school and the University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and worked as concert soloist for Russian State Concert Company.
His romantic guitar music is featured by Time Magazine at: http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/2006/portraits_of_russia/
The National Gallery of Canada has placed six films with his music (and some about artists living in San Miguel de Allende) in its Media Library.
Some of his Classical guitar and Gypsy guitar albums are bestsellers in the largest Internet music store iTunes.com.
Andrei has recorded and performed for Russian TV5 and TV22, US and Canadian Radio and TV channels (including Rogers, PRI, KRNN, CKTB etc).
He composed and recorded guitar music for films in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and USA, including music to a film about Esteban Vicente for museums in New York and Madrid and Spanish National TV.
He played recently solo concerts for: University of California, Cornell University, Ottawa Tulip Festival, Ottawa Chamber Festival, Ottawa NCC concert series, and in many other concert venues and events in Canada, USA and Europe.
In his performances in San Miguel de Allende Andrei is going to present to listeners a wide range of music styles including old traditional Russian songs and Russian Gypsy romances, classical music by J.S.Bach, H. Purcell, F. Tarrega and other composers, Flamenco guitar solos and guitar arrangements of Beatles songs and Jazz standards.
He would love to share his joy and passion of the music with the audience. You can preview his performance at: http://www.youtube.com/AndreiKrylov or listen to his guitar playing at iTunes.com or Amazon.com
By Josué Tacoronte
This season “Mexico Flamenco” brings us a musical presentation which lets us enjoy a combination of flamenco-inspired dance and the words of Mexican writers.
Dance: México Flamenco. Sat, Mar 3, 5pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50a. Donations 150 pesos
The dancer Ana Cecilia Ochoa, together with Rosa Salgado and Mitzi Villegas, will present a choreography enriched by Andalusian dance, with musical backup from Francisco Ramos on bass, Josue Tacoronte on flamenco guitar and Dagoberto Quintana on percussion. Paulina A. Izquierdo will be an invited artist.
Popular songs such as “La llorona,” “Cielita Linda,” “La Cigarra,” and “Maria Bonita” will be presented alongside bulerias, farruca, alegrias and rumbas from Andalusia, creating a cultural dynamic that offers another good reason to record the words of great Mexican authors.
We hope to see you at the inauguration of this flamenco season. More information can be found on our web page www.academiaensamble.com.mx, by telephone at 442-215-1069 or directly from the Santa Ana theater.