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Presentation of the Video Rituales

By Sandra Ríos

On March 23 and 24 at 5pm, the video Rituales will be presented in Teatro Santa Ana. This is a joint work created by artists from San Miguel. In an interview with Tim Hazell, writer of poems that are represented in this video, he said that his intention is that the actors give life to his poems, and he talked about how this group works. We also interviewed Susan Page, director of the Literary Sala, who sponsored this multimedia project.

Sandra Ríos: The poems you wrote are about the four elements. Why did you choose to present this concept?

Tim Hazell: I have much contact with the indigenous philosophy, which is the result of my work on Saturdays with Collar del Viento, a group in which children and teenagers play instruments of Mesoamerica. I am now director of the San Miguel Pro Music program with 800 children who also play instruments of Mesoamerica, and I have played for 10 years with Caracol de Fuego, a group from Mineral de Pozos. So these elements are constantly in my articles, poems, or essays. I think that the four elements are very fertile and also the Mesoamerican religion relies on the four elements.

SR: How long did the editing of the video take?

TH: A year and a half

SR: Who did the editing of the video?

TH: It was a joint effort between Bernard Czelakowski and me. I had worked on the stage presentation with Lilia Trápaga in June 2013 at the Teatro Santa Ana. This video has its antecedents in that work with Lilia. I started talking about doing video work, so we asked the actors to return for it.

SR: Why did the Literary Sala decide to sponsor this video?

Susan Page: We are very excited about this multimedia experiment. Tim showed me the video, and I was very touched because it is very inspiring. Tim is very talented and creative and sees embodied poetry on stage. It’s an exciting literary event for me. He approached us so that we would get involved, and of course we accepted. It is a gift for us to contribute to such a creative literary project.

TH: Poetry doesn’t have to be in a book that is academic or only for certain people. You don’t need a special talent for reading poetry. Ordinary people should be moved by poetry, as there was poetry before, and our intention is to bring poetry to people through this video. Besides, La Biblioteca Publica will receive 50 percent of the revenue from the March 23 and 24 presentations. For us it is very important to support its scholarships. We are really a group that is creating something together: La Biblioteca, the Literary Sala and Lilia Trápaga. That’s what the video is. Otherwise, I couldn’t have done it by myself.

Finally, Hazell thanked Lilia Trápaga for her great contribution through casting actors, costume design, adaptation of Hazell’s poetry to the stage, the choice of music for each scene, and the choreography. After the video presentation, the book Rituales will be released in English and Spanish with photos of the work done by Julieta Moreno and the students of the University of León. Tickets go on sale at the Teatro Santa Ana half an hour before the presentation.


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