Multi-arts, Multi-talented: A message from Bea











WEEK 1- May 15-20


 From New York / Bogotá – Loco7                                                           URBAN ODYSSEY

MAY 15 @ 8:00pm     MAY 16- 18 @ 7:00pm    MAY 20 @  2pm

(Duration:  80 minutes)


A message from the Artistic Director:


Loco7 opens the festival with a show that combines dance, theatre and puppetry in a one-of-a kind visual experience.  I’ve known Federico since we were kids in Colombia dreaming of becoming artists.  In 1986 he presented his work Locombia at La MAMA in New York.  After that performance the great Ellen Stewart approached him and said:  “From today on you will be one of my children”.  


From that day on Federico would create, choreograph, and direct at La MaMa where Loco7 has been a resident company for the last 26 years.  


I asked Federico what Ellen meant to him.


FEDE:  Ellen was my mentor.  She gave me the possibility of working and taught me never to give up.  She also told me that one should never fear anything.


BEA:  Federico, you usually refer to your puppets in Spanish as muñecos (dolls).  What do these mean to you?


FEDE:  They are like an extension of my dreams.  Other characters that have a life of their own.  I call them muñecos because I don’t work with one form of puppetry.  I use many different techniques, specifically techniques that work for the dancer.  I also work with many sizes:  body puppets, which were the trademark of our early work, marionettes, and puppets as tall as 15 feet.


We are looking forward to finally bringing this great artist and company to Toronto and we hope you share this wonderful experience with us.  


~Bea Pizano


Stay tuned for our weekly news and learn more about the artists that will share their work with our city:


  From San Francisco / Mexico – Violeta Luna                   PARTING MEMORIES

           May 17-19 @ 9pm        (Duration:  50 minutes)                May 20 @ 4pm




  From Toronto / Mexico – Mayahuel Tecozautla                                                          IXOK’

          Only three performances:  May 18-19 @ 10:30 pm, May 20 @ 6pm

(Duration 45 minutes)                                     *Sponsored by Carranza LLP


Click here to check out the blog on IXOK’ from the Latin American Researchers of Ontario



To buy tickets click here




Wednesday MAY 16 @ 9pm       (PWYC|Por donación)

                                                Carlos González-Vió

In the spirit of theatre as laboratory, Aluna presents an evening of works in their very beginnings by Latin Canadian interdisciplinary artists. It promises to be a night of great fun and wonderful artistic discoveries shared with you, our audience. Artists include: Carlos González-Vio and Heather Braaten, Liliana Súarez Henao, Alejandro Valbuena, New Teatro, Sebastian Marziali, and Brunette Collective (Alvaro Girón).



WEEK 2 (May 22-27)


 From Toronto/Colombia – ALUNA THEATRE       NOHAYQUIENSEPA (No one knows)

           May 22  – 26 @ 7pm        (Duration: 60 minutes)               May 27 @ 2pm                    


 From Vancouver / Chile – nightswimming and Neworld Theatre 

                                                                       CARMEN AGUIRRE’S BLUE BOX

May 22  – 26 @ 8:30pm             (Duration: 80 minutes)                     May 27 @ 4pm


 From Toronto / Chile – Theatre Crisis and Aluna                    MARINE LIFE (Reading)

May 27 @ 6pm  (PWYC)







Dance Puppet Theatre Workshop – with Federico Restrepo (Loco7)

MAY 7-11  from 10 am- 2pm   $300 + HST

Performance Art:  The Body: Territory and Border – with Violeta Luna 

May 22 – 24  from 2pm-6pm   $ 200 + HST


Playwrighting Workshop: Getting Close to the Scene – with Carlos Satizábal

May 18 6-9pm, May 19-20 10-4pm, 21 6-9pm  $ 250 + HST


Creating from the Personal – with Patricia Ariz
LA PASARELA (The Catwalk) May 21,22,23,25  10-3 pm

Thursday May 24 2-6pm, and a final performance at the festival’s Conference Saturday May 27 at 2pm.  

$ 125 + HST    In partnership with:



For information about our workshops click here


To register Call 647-772-3724 or email:






May 24, 25, 26 at Theatre Passe Muraille


3 days of provoking conversations about Theatre and Human Rights with some of the most highly regarded personalities in theatre, academia, community leadership, NGO’s, and diverse communities on issues of migration, displacement, Theatre and the Law, and cross-cultural creation.


Aluna Theatre is proud to partner with its academic affiliate, The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.


Welcome & Opening with author, activist and scholar Lee Maracle


The Panels: (from 10:30-4:30)


May 24:

Theatre and Displacement: Migration and Armed Conflict (10:30 am)

-Speed Dating for presenters, artists, activists & academics (2pm)

May 25:

Theatre and the Law I: Terrorism and Free Speech in Canada (10:30)

Theatre and the Law II: The New Gold Rush & Corporate Responsibility (2pm)

May 26:

Breaking Models I: What to do with the Macho (11 am) with performance of The New Masculinity

Breaking Models II: Challenging Femininity (2pm) with performance of La Pasarela


Click here for Conference info and updates!






As part of our Multi-Arts Festival programming, we are a part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The exhibit will be on in the lobby of Theatre Passe Muraille from 12pm to 5pm, and upstairs on the mezzanine for patrons of the festival.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR GALLERY EXHIBIT



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