The Cauldron Rituals

By Lilia Trápaga and Tim Hazell

Rituals are an inherent aspect of society and accompany us through our whole existence, marking the passage from one stage to another. These kinds of rituals are institutional and grant us the sense of belonging to a community.  However, there are also others that bring us into an inner realm outside of everyday life. It would seem that in the pragmatic, individualistic and globalized world in which we live, these are becoming less important, and keeping them alive is the endeavor of artists. A spiritual life is inconceivable without ritual.

Rituales (Rituals)
Based on the poems by Tim Hazell
Grupo El Caldero (The Cauldron)
Jun 20, 21 & 22
Teatro Santa Ana
Reloj 50-A
100 pesos
Students, teachers and holders of INAPAM cards pay half price.

To celebrate its 10th  anniversary, the theater group El Caldero (The Cauldron), begun by Lilia Trápaga, who has been active in the theater scene in San Miguel for more than two decades, will present Rituals, a completely original and evocative theater production based on poems by the well-known local artist, musician, educator and writer Tim Hazell. There are numerous examples of how the arts are connected and become a source of inspiration and creativity for one another. In this case, poetry became flesh and was transformed into theater by the unique vision of the director. The results are capricious, light-hearted and at times profound.  Rituals will transport the audience on a journey into uncharted waters and nuances.

The show is a bilingual experiment that includes voice effects, choreography and visual elements in an attempt to rediscover ancient theatrical roots. Given his background and contact with Mexican culture, Hazell’s work is permeated with Mesoamerican references. The selected poems allude to the four elements of fire, water, air and earth as well as to rites of propitiation, the giving of thanks and of initiation in which masculine and feminine archetypes, such as Mother Earth and the Warrior, are present.  White magic, dark secrets, melancholy, regret and jubilation surface during each of the four acts.

Rituals has been a labor of love for the writer, director and talented cast.  The chemistry was infectious and would have been impossible without the distinct personalities of each member of the production.

The original English verses will be read to the recorded music of Collar del Viento (The Wind’s Necklace) and “A Forest of Americas.” Collar has delighted audiences as a youth orchestra and workshop with their striking compositions played on ancient instruments from Mexico. “A Forest of Americas” was a landmark presentation for eight ensemble musicians in 2007, part of Pro Musica’s concert series by composers Tim Hazell and Doug Robinson.

An art exhibit of Hazell’s paintings will extend the concept of Rituals into the ambient space of the Café Santa Ana.

Performances will take place at Teatro Santa Ana in La Biblioteca on June 20, 21 and 22 at 8 pm. The admission fee is 100 pesos; students, teachers and holders of INAPAM cards pay half price.

The cast includes Alina Monterrubio, Marcia Armenta, Marisa Ávalos, Juan Elías Robledo, Jesús Ibarra, Francisca Salcedo, José Alberto Romero, Esaú Olalde and Cristina Alfaro. Patrick Johnson Trápaga is in charge of lighting and sound, and Lilia Trápaga directs.


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