By Karen Ocampo
Storytelling is as old as speech, a task that would be born and grow with language, when with groans and grimaces our ancestors began to exchange words and understanding based on an elementary code. Although storytelling is an ancient practice, it is not one that everyone can master. However, Andrea Mottura and Luis Lujan, consciously or unconsciously, are quite skilled in this field.
Andrea and Luis, having known know each other for relatively little time (five years), have been recollecting anecdotes, experiences, and sensations which they have been able to tell so exquisitely through their musical collaboration, Bohemia Viva.
For Luis, Bohemia Viva is named after more than the ordinary concept of bohemians as messy artists because it is a “succession of experiences and set of different sensations with each of the songs … ” What is intended by each one of their pieces is “to convey happiness, sadness, or nostalgia. Each song evokes an emotion.” And they are going to share their adventures and experiences of how they acquired each of them, which makes their show a compilation of stories ready to make you feel.
To Andrea, “the concept of Viva (Alive) is how we relate to people. We don’t talk to people for the first time; we sing them a song. Due the fact that we are concerned, we participate in people’s lives, only through music or (even) just a song … and that sometimes forms the first and last words in our relationship with people.”
Bohemia Viva, has no defined genre, but a technique that characterizes them is a duet featuring mainly voice accompanied by guitars. The next show will feature special guests and more stories to tell.
Good storytellers improve their stories as they recount them. They learn to omit extraneous details, remove what is left, to say the least, and to suggest otherwise to order and disorder data in the most appropriate way to maximize suspense, tension, driving the audience, like magicians, to the exact place where they want to take them. They always seem to tell the same stories, but they never are the same: they are always a little better. We know Bohemia Viva will always offer authentic and poignant new shows, with newly acquired better stories. Come and be part of another one.
Bohemia Viva, November 5 and 7, 7:30 pm, Teatro Santa Ana/ bohemiaviva.com/ Tickets: 415 152 0293 ext 116.