[ teatro línea de sombra ]

En un medio teatral como el mexicano, inmerso todavía en la hegemonía del naturalismo, las tentativas de renovación no suelen trascender la condición de fuegos fatuos. Por lo anterior, la trayectoria dilatada y sólida del proyecto de Teatro Línea de Sombra constituye una excepción notable y ejemplar. Su oferta artística, pedagógica y programática ha contribuido a subsanar huecos formativos y ha puesto a dialogar al teatro mexicano con el teatro de avanzada de otras latitudes. En la antesala de su etapa de madurez, no queda sino esperar los mejores frutos de una empresa que ha sabido renovarse en cada paso.

Noé Morales Muñoz / Dramaturgo y crítico

[ topografía del proyecto ]

Teatro Línea de Sombra es un proyecto cultural creado en Monterrey en el año de 1993 y tiene su residencia en la ciudad de México desde 1994. Es un proyecto teatral sin fines lucrativos constituido como asociación civil desde 1999 y lo conforman creadores escénicos, pedagogos, investigadores y actores. Cuenta con la colaboración de músicos, escenógrafos, artistas visuales y de otras disciplinas afines. Actualmente, cuenta con una sede en la zona de Coyoacán como centro de investigación en la creación, la investigación y la pedagogía. Sus están encaminadas a la exploración en el quehacer contemporáneo del teatro y en los mecanismos de acercamiento e intercambio con otras y diversas experiencias de la creación escénica en el ámbito nacional e internacional. Es un proyecto interesado en la búsqueda de caminos alternativos situados en las zonas fronterizas de lo escénico con las artes plásticas, la música, el video y en las posibles relaciones entre aquello que podamos denominar como teatral y las distintas disciplinas de la escena. Por otra parte, ha orientado su búsqueda a la investigación de los procesos de la escena y de la creación a partir de nuevas dramaturgias y/o escrituras espectaculares, a procesos transdisciplinarios y a la incorporación de nuevas relaciones con otros campos del conocimiento.

Alicia Laguna

STAGE ARTIST, CURATOR AND PRODUCER, she trained at the Universidad de Nuevo León (University of Nuevo León) in Monterrey in Northern Mexico.

She was the artistic co-director of Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theatre) since 1993. With them she has been a company actress and a creator of plays addressing the context of Mexico’s socio-political reality for over ten years.

She has been a curator at the Transversales Encuentro Internacional de Escena Contemporánea (International Encounter of Contemporary Scene Transversals) since its inception in 1998.

As an actress she has participated in movies such as Norteado (Northless) directed by Rigoberto Perezcano and has won the prize for best actress at the Abu Dabhi Film Festival. She was, along with film director Maria Berns, a co-creator of the experimental film So Long.

She has served as a creator and performer for Teatro Línea de Sombra, a company with whom she has toured in Europe, South America, Canada, USA, Korea, China and Russia.

She has been a producer for large-scale shows as well as all TLS creative projects.

She is currently taking part in the design and development of project Amarillo en la ruta migrante (Amarillo in the Migrant Route), a project developed by the company six years ago on the route Central American migrants follow through Mexico on their way to the United States.

With Tamara Cubas, choreographer and visual artist, and Zuadd Atala, she created the play La Brisa (The Breeze), part of the company repertoire, drawing from research on the defunct 90s bar of Ciudad Juarez (on the border of Northern Mexico).

 

Jorge A. Vargas

Artistic Director.Co-founder of Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater). He studied at Paris’ Ecole du Mime Corporea. He has directed more than 30 stage plays, among them texts by authors such as: Anthony Neilson, Lars Noren, Roland Schimmelpfenning, Jon Fosse, and Neil LaBute. On the other hand, he has developed “lab work” by creating pieces such as Galería de Moribundos (Gallery of the Dying), La oscura raíz (The Dark Root), La mirada sorprendida (Amazed Gaze), El Sindrome de Ulises (The Ulysses Syndrome), La Forma que se despliega (The Unfolding Form) and Amarillo.  His activities as a creator have been tied to his teaching work. He has taught workshops, seminaries and courses across Mexico, Europe and the USA. Twice, he received the award for Best Director in Experimental Theater. He belongs to the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (National System of Art Creators). 

 

Patricia Díaz

A Social Communication graduate, with a focus on Cultural Sociology, she graduated from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Metropolitan Autonomous University), Xochimilco campus.

 Since the year 2001, she has been working in the artistic-cultural field as a direction assistant and in public relations, in companies such as: Escuadrón Jitomate Bola (Round Tomato Squadron) and Danzjáfora, under the tutelage of teacher Rahilda Sevilla and, since 2007, in Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater) and Transversales (Transversals), operating as an administrator, logistics coordinator and in project making.

 

Vianey Salinas

Stage artist, from twelve years of age onwards she demonstrated an interest in corporal and artistic work, by practicing gymnastics with later forays into different styles of dance. She studied drama at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and physical theater with Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater). From this latter experience, she became interested in the contemporary forms theater takes, when made and conceived: combining dance, documentary theater, physical theater, installations and multimedia. She has worked with national and international directors such as: Roger Bernat, Crhistophe Prenveille, and Jorge Vargas

Currently, she works with the company Teatro Línea de Sombra as a performer, creator, in production and logistics. Her last productions were: Filo de Caballos (2018) and Amarillo (2009). The latter was presented in several countries across Europe, South America, Asia and at important international festivals such as: Radar Red Cat, CENA Contemporánea (Contemporary CENA), SISMOS (SEISMS), MIRADA, EXPONTO, LARVA, ESPIELART, FIT, Avignon, etc. Baños Roma (Roma Baths) and Durango 66 (2015) were also staged abroad. Artículo 13 (Article 13), co-production with France, was presented at Mexico’s most important festival, the Festival Internacional Cervantino (International Cervantine Festival).  She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

 

Zuadd Atala

Performer with professional training in contemporary dance and theater, she
studied at the Centro de Investigación Teatral (1996-1999) and at the Dance
School of the Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes (2001-2003), later a specialization
in the Diploma Theater Body (2005-2006) of the company Teatro Línea de Sombra.
He has worked since 1996 with national and international directors and
choreographers. Their training and search are based on the corporal practices, the
inhabited installation and the documentary scene; Little by little this has defined
her artistic work, resulting in the creation of the pieces: If I only live once, I want
to be blonde; Only by, just to …, from these processes is that it establishes itself as
collective La rubia.co.

Raúl Mendoza Rosas
México, 1982

Stage artist who alternates his work between the technical, the creative and the performative. He seeks to create new languages through new technologies. His artistic development took place within the companies Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater) (Mexico) and Teatr Cinema (Poland). He has collaborated with national and international companies, alternating roles as performer and technician. These companies include: AKHE Group (Russia), Carabosse (France), Physical Momentum (Mexico), Apoc Apoc (Mexico), Musse Danza (Mexico) and Realizando Ideas (Realizing Ideas) (Mexico).

Since 2009, he has participated as a performer in Amarillo. This constitutes his most representative work in collaboration with the company Teatro Línea de Sombra. Since 2016, he gives workshops on multimedia programming for the stage arts at the Teatro Línea de Sombra and Apoc Apoc premises.

Currently, he is enrolled in a Network and Software Engineering degree.

 

María Luna

Actress and dancer, she graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral (National School of Theatrical Art). She has collaborated with various choreographers and stage directors including: Mauricio Jiménez, Alberto Villareal,  Cora Flores, Marco Antonio Silva, Claudia Lavista and Dominique L Dufour, in France.

In 2002, she began her stage work with Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater). With them, she participated in several projects, among which are: Amarillo, staged across more than 30 countries and 50 cities, Fausto al cubo (Faust Cubed), co-production between Mexico-Russia, Artículo 13 (Article 13), co-production between France-Mexico and Durango 66.

She has worked with artists from the Polish company CINEMA TEATR. In Argentina and Mexico, she collaborated with Emilio García Wehbi.

Currently, she is training in Iyengar Yoga at the Center of Iyengar Yoga Florianópolis, Brazil.

 

Gilberto Barraza
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, 1965

Film, theater and television actor born in Ciudad Juarez, Chih. He began his acting career with the Compañía de Teatro de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (Theater Company of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez) led by Octavio Trias.

Later he became a founding member of the civic association Alborde Theater, now Carretera 45 Teatro A.C. (Highway 45 AC Theater).

In 1999 he joined Mexico’s National Theatre Company under the direction of Luis de Tavira, also worked as an actor and teacher at the Centro Dramático de Michoacán (Drama Centre of Michoacan).

He held a grant given to him by FONCA for the play Mara o de la noche sin sueño (Mara or the Sleepless Night) directed by Rodolfo Guerrero. In 2012 he played Emiliano Zapata in the play El Paso de Zapata Milpa Alta(Zapata’s Passage through Milpa Alta), he joined the cast of Los Asesinos (The Murderers) written and directed by David Olguin, a participant in the Festival Mayo Teatral de la Habana, Cuba (Mayo Festival Theatre of Havana, Cuba) and in the Mirada, Ibero-American Festival of Performing Arts in Santos, Brazil. During the same year he participated in the Discovery Channel documentary El Asesinato de Pancho Villa (The Assassination of Pancho Villa).

He has worked on such series as Capadocia (Cappadocia), El Encanto del Águila (The Eagle’s Charm), Crónica de Castas (Chronicle of Castes), El Mariachi, Club de Cuervos (Club of Crows), among others.

In cinema, he has worked with directors like: Gore Verbinski, Alejandro G. Iñarritu, Davis Pablos, Gabriel Ripstein and Diego Quemada.

He was recently awarded the prize for best actor in the Latin American Festival de Cinema de Gramado (Film Festival of Gramado), Brazil 2015 for his role in the film En la Estancia (In the Lounge), Dir. Carlos Armella.

He is part of the cast of the play Last Man Standing (Boxing drill for actors) directed by David Psalmon, with the company Teatro Sin Paredes (Theatre Without Walls) (TSP).

He currently participates in the play Baños Roma (Roma Baths) under the direction of Jorge Vargas, with the company Teatro Linea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theatre) (TLS).

 

Marina España Goñi

Visual artist. She has developed didactic, graphic and audio visual material for the technical assistance and training program at the Instituto Nacional para el Desarrollo de Capacidades del Sector Rural, A.C. (National Institute for Development of Skills in the Rural Sector).

She collaborated in Rodrigo Parrini’s book Falotopías, Indagaciones para la crueldad y el deseo (Phallutopias, Inquiries on Cruelty and Desire) through photography and she illustrated Angélica Macías’ book Bordando la Naturaleza (Embroidering Nature).

Her video-dance work has been nominated and awarded at various international festivals.

She was a video coordinator within the Technical Direction of the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Cervantine International Festival) during its XLIV (2016), XLV (2017) and XLVI (2018) editions.

She is part of the Stage Operations area at the Centro Cultural Digital (Digital Cultural Center).

Since 2012, she has collaborated with Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater).

 

José Jesús Cuevas Cardona
(Jesús Yusuf Isa Cuevas)

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and actor, Jesús Cuevas studied Music at
UNAM’s Escuela Nacional de Música (National Music School) and Dramatic Literature
and Theater at UNAM’s Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Philosophy and Literature
Faculty) and Communication Science at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
(Metropolitan Autonomous University). He has played in several groups and

ensembles of contemporary, ancient and world music. He has also composed music
for dance and plays. He has researched music and musical instruments from the
Middle East, Asia and Europe. He has played in several ensembles of contemporary,
ancient and world music along with jazz. He has also composed music for theater
and dance.
He has done research on music and musical instruments from the Middle East, Asia
and Europe. He has performed on various stages across Mexico, Argentina, Cuba,
Guatemala, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Spain,
France, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Slovenia, Macedonia, Germany, Lebanon, Korea,
China, Japan, the United States and Canada. He was also part of the Eblen Macari
Trio, with whom he recorded the albums La Noche en Comitán (Night in Comitan)
(1999), Orión Azul (Blue Orion) (2004) and De Beirut a Cosamaloapan (From Beirut to
Cosamaloapan) (2011). He has toured with them on various stages across the
country and abroad. He participated in the recording of the album Aunque me lleve el
diablo (Though the Devil Take Me), by marimbist Norberto Nandayapa, performing
Bulgarian and Hungarian music. He is part of the cast in the Sepharadic Jewish
music show, La Mar Enfortuna. He also recorded a solo album called Winds of the Earth
(Ixtlán Records, 2009).
In addition, he has served as a consultant advisor in ethnomusicology and
organology for the Museo Nacional de las Culturas del Mundo (National Museum of
World Cultures) (INAH) and for the Secretaría de Cultura de Puebla (Puebla Secretariat
of Culture). He has performed as an actor in more than twelve plays.
He has collaborated in the composition of music for theater and is part of the cast
of Amarillo, by Teatro Linea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theater) directed by Jorge A.
Vargas, doing throat singing. This gained him a nomination as Best Guest Actor by
the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York at the ACE Awards of
2013. He also collaborates as a musician and an actor in other TLS productions
such as Baños Roma (Roma Baths), Artículo 13 (Article 13) and Durango 66.

Shanttal Saad

She grew up in Mexico City, steering her abilities and passion towards, among other things, music. 

She studied Theater in Texas. She sings, composes, records and performs, both with instruments and her own body. She has participated in projects such as Frida Canti, AnaTrizas and various plays both within the country and abroad.

Currently, she produces Profundidad Sonora (Sound Depth), a multi-cultural radio program. In addition to music, it also deals with historical topics reflecting the interactions of women composers and performers throughout history.

Her professional development within the musical industry has allowed her to enjoy and analyze the wonders sound produces within human beings, including the connections it creates, ranging from relaxation to ecstasy.



Eduardo Bernal

He is an architect graduate from UAEMéx (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico), with a masters degree in Visual Arts from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and a phD candidate for Visual Arts at UG (University of Guanajuato). He was the Coordinator of the Graphic Design major (1989-93), was also the first director of the Facultad de Artes (Arts Faculty) (2001-05) and subsequently, obtained tenure as a Full-Time Professor-Researcher at UAMéx. He has co-authored the programs for its Graphic Design and Visual Arts majors and its V

Rodrigo Parrini

He has a doctorate degree in Anthropology through UAM-I and a masters degree in Gender Studies from El Colegio de México (College of Mexico). He is a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Metropolitan Autonomous University), Xochimilco. 

His most recent books are Falotopías. Indagaciones en la crueldad y el deseo (Phallutopias. Inquiries on Cruelty and Desire) (2016, IESCO/CIEG-UNAM) and Deseografías. Una antropología del deseo  (Desireographies. An Anthropology of Desire) (2018, UAM/CIEG-UNAM). For the last twelve years he has carried out an ethnography of the border between Mexico and Guatemala (Tenosique). His project Deseografías explores the ethnographic environs of desire and the possibility of formulating an anthropology of desire. 

He has collaborated with the company Teatro Línea de Sombra (Shadow Line Theatre) and the collective Teatro Ojo (Eye Theatre) on a project exploring the ethnographic potential of artistic practices and a methodological outlook capable of inaugurating a dialog between theater and anthropology. 

 

Jesús Hernández

Stage and Lighting Design

Jesús Hernández holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (Autonomous University of Yucatan).

 

As a designer he has worked for more than 120 projects, including Opera, Theater and Street Theater. He has been selected as a finalist to exhibit his word at the 2009 World Stage Design, in the city of Seoul, South Korea, at the 2013 World Stage Design in the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales, United Kingdom and at the 2017 World Stage Design taking place in Taipei, Taiwan, where he was awarded with the Gold Medal in Space Design for his work on Richard Viqueira’s play Psico/Embutidos (Psycho/Cold Cuts). Jesús worked on Amarillo, a play by Teatro Línea de Sombra, which has participated in various international festivals across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, South Korea, China and Japan, among others.

 

His work has been exhibited at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial and during its 2015 edition, he served as a curator of the Mexican Pavilion. He was a member of FONCA’s (National Fund for Culture and Arts) Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (National System of Art Creators).