Filo de Caballo(s)

Filo de Caballos(s)

Filo de Caballo(s) is a precise place within the geography of Guerrero, Mexico. A ‘filo’ is an edge, a liminal imagery, while a horse (caballo) is an image for expressing a substance power during its transit through the body. This place and this binomial serves as fuel for unsystematically addressing, the ambiguous space between the legal and the illegal, the fakery and the truth of a flower, of a country and of those who appear here.

  1. The Living Flower: In the highest and steepest part of a mountain a flower grows. The slope it is located on is so pronounced that it clings to the soil with all the strength of its roots. It blooms at 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.
  2. 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 stage. This imitation is an 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.

  1. The Kidnapped Flower. In other areas, nearby and remote, the fight for this flower is long and leaves a wake.
  2. In some inexplicable way, or via inaccessible logic, a man in an astronaut suit lies on the mattress of an apartment, somewhere in Chicago. It is nighttime, but the dawn can be felt. The image is unusual and disturbing because  you can’t distinguish if he is resting or if he 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 in 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 aforementioned flower.)



Creation: LAB / TLS (Shadow Line Theater) / Direction: Jorge A. Vargas* / Lightning and Space Design: Philippe Amand / Assistant Creators: Anthony Romero and Eduardo Bernal / Creation Laboratory Participants: Zuadd Atala, Alicia Laguna, Toztli Abril de Dios, Vianey Salinas, Raúl Mendoza, Ignacio Velasco / Assistant Director: Ignacio Velasco / Texts: Jorge A. Vargas, Anthony Romero, Ángel Hernández / Original Music: Jorge Verdín and Jesús Cuevas / Astronaut Design and Implementation: Úrsula Shneider / Shanttal B. Saad / Vocal Arrangement: ¨Amapola¨ Mariachi Sirenas, Chicago Illinois / Live Picture: Ángeles Ciscar and Zuadd Atala / Video Image and Programming: Raúl Mendoza / Vivarium: Amanda Ortíz / Audiovisual Field Production and Editing: Javier García, Sacbé Producciones / Fixed Photos: Sandra Perdomo, Sacbé Producciones / Interviews: Alejandro Flores Valencia / Translator: Svetlana Garza / Graphic Design and Digital Animation: Carlos Villajuárez / Production Assistant: Homero Fernández / TLS Management: Sandra Patricia Díaz Sánchez / Implementation of Poppy Flowers: Moisés Flores and family / Video Typists: Virginia Laguna Garcia, Fabiola López Sosa, Magdalena Romero Soto, Lilia Sagrero Castellanos, María de Lourdes Vega Olguín / Executive Production: Alicia Laguna / Performing Arts Curator: Yolanda Cesta Cursach, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / Filo de Caballo(s) is a project produced thanks to the program for professional groups México en Escena (Mexico Staged), FONCA (National Fund for Culture and Arts) and a commission granted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

*Member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (National System of Art Creators) FONCA

Project performed with the support of the program for professional artistic groups México en Escena and Teatro Línea de Sombra A.C.




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October 12 to November 4, Teatro El Galeón, CDMX, Mexico.


August 16 to 18, MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art) Auditorium, CDMX, Mexico.