Filo de Caballo(s)

Filo de Caballo(s) is a precise place in Guerrero’s geography in Mexico. A ‘filo’ is an edge, a liminal imaginary and a horse (caballo) is an image to express the power of a substance in its transit through a body. This place and this binomial serves as fuel to address, unsystematically, the ambiguous space between the legal and the illegal, the fake and the true of a flower, of a country and of those who appear here.

 I. The living flower: In the highest and steepest part of a mountain a flower grows. The slope it is located in is so pronounced that it clings to the soil with all the strength of its roots. It blooms on the edge of the abyss. She herself is an abyss. The wind swings her and from time to time, tears off her few petals. At the end of the day, only a bulb of that fragile poppy will survive.

II. The craft flower: In a corner of La Merced, a woman is busy making hundreds of flowers, out of paper and wire. These flowers are the copies and the simile of an illegal flower, impossible to cultivate without committing a crime and are destined to replace it on a stage. An imitation is the usurping object and at the same time, the ghost of the stolen flower.

III. The flower in the greenhouse: Some-where, still secret, the same flower is grown. The difference is the geography and the extreme care with which someone records its progress and transformations. The keeper of the flower observes her insistently through the fogged glass of the vivarium.

IV. The kidnapped flower. In other areas, nearby and remote, the fight for this flower is long and leaves a wake.

V. In some inexplicable way, or in an inaccessible logic, a man in an astronaut suit lies on the mattress of an apartment, somewhere in Chicago. It is night, but the dawn can be felt. The image is unusual and disturbing because it can’t be distinguished if it is resting or if it has been there for a long time. Nearby, a radio on the floor plays as the sun rises.

VI. (The following shadows also appear tangentially: a diver from Mexico City’s deep drainage, a copy of a Pina Bausch choreography, a field of poppies in the middle of a yellow road and a chorus of opinions on the said flower.)

Jorge A. Vargas*



Creación: LAB / TLS / Dirección: Jorge A. Vargas* / Diseño de Espacio e Iluminación: Philippe Amand / Creadores adjuntos: Anthony Romero y Eduardo Bernal / Participantes en el laboratorio de creación: Zuadd Atala, Alicia Laguna, Toztli Abril de Dios, Vianey Salinas, Raúl Mendoza, Ignacio Velasco / Asistente de dirección: Ignacio Velasco / Textos: Jorge A. Vargas, Anthony Romero, Ángel Hernández / Música Original: Jorge Verdín y Jesús Cuevas / Diseño y realización de astronauta: Úrsula Shneider / Shanttal B. Saad / Voces arreglo ¨Amapola¨ Mariachi Sirenas, Chicago Illinois / Imagen en directo: Ángeles Ciscar y Zuadd Atala / Imagen en video y programación: Raúl Mendoza / Vivárium: Amanda Ortíz / Producción audiovisual en campo y edición: Javier García, Sacbé Producciones / Foto fija: Sandra Perdomo, Sacbé Producciones / Entrevistas: Alejandro Flores Valencia / Traductora: Svetlana Garza / Diseño gráfico y animación digital: Carlos Villajuárez / Asistente de  Producción: Homero Fernández / Administración  TLS: Sandra Patricia Díaz Sánchez / Realización de flores de amapola: Moisés Flores y familia / Mecanógrafas en video: Virginia Laguna Garcia, Fabiola López Sosa, Magdalena Romero Soto, Lilia Sagrero Castellanos, María de Lourdes Vega Olguín / Producción Ejecutiva: Alicia Laguna / Curadora de Performing Arts: Yolanda Cesta Cursach, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chicago.

Filo de Caballo(s) es un proyecto producido gracias al programa para grupos profesionales México en Escena, FONCA y a la comisión otorgada por el  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chicago.

*Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte FONCA
Proyecto realizado con el apoyo del programa para grupos artísticos profesionales México en Escena y Teatro Línea de Sombra A.C.



_ _ _ 


_ _ _ 


12 de octubre al 4 de noviembre, Teatro el Galeón, México D.F.

16-18 de agosto 2019, Auditorio del Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), México D.F.