El Centro Cultural La Marin
"El niño que no juega no es niño, pero el hombre que no juega perdió para siempre al niño que vivía en él y que le hará mucha falta"
(The child that doesn´t play is not a child, but the man that doesn´t play loses forever the child that lives in him and he has lost much)
El Lunes (Monday) I started my pasantía (internship) in "El Centro Cultural La Marin." It is a government sponsored community art center where many groups meet to do theatre. They have a Club de Payasos (Clown Club) run my my internship mentor Fabián Lucero. He knows his clown stuff and we like to talk about how existence is because of Love and spirituality. His philosophy of clown is that happiness will spread until we are living because of el amor (love).
While I´m here I´m going to share with the clown club object manipulation and malabares (juggling). I´m going to help Fabián teach senior citizens clown. I am also going to work with kids in a free child art center called the Gwambroteca (Gwambro I think is Quitchua for man). Hopefully I´m just going to play some theatre games.
I have started my outline for my Paper. Here is my theme:
El teatro da un espacio a cada ser humano para jugar que es algo necesario y especialmente importante si queremos, como un mundo ya globalizado, llegar a un nivel más humano para que todos puedan expresarse, comunicarse, interpretarse, y crear nuestra realidad y ser concientes a donde queremos llegar y como debemos desarrollar nuestro destino.
TRANSLATION: Theatre is a space for every human being to play which necessary and especially important if we want, as an already globalized world, to reach a level more human so that everyone can express, communicate, interpret, and create our reality and become concious of where we want to reach and how we should develop our destiny.
Comments? Suggestions? I am also going to go see a show at Mala Yerba this weekend called La muchacha de los libros usados (the woman of the used books). I´ll write about it.
Last night I went to see a commemorative presentation for a famous modern dancer native to Quito. Wilson Pico. I learned a lot about his life. He gave a lot of workshops in the Unitedstates for awhile. There was a documentary, some hippy folk music, and my favorite was the break dance. I wanna learn break dance now. Spencer?
I made friends with the libriarian yesterday of the library of poetry. She gave me a Dario Fo book to read. So I´m working on reading that. It´s funny cause it´s like in spanish from Italian and I read English.
I feel strangly at home here... and times I feel like I don´t belong at all. My cellphone was robbed from me yesterday at 4pm in the afternoon... there were 3 boys with a knife and nothing happened... but I still wonder if it would have happened to me if I had the words and confidence to fit in here. I think I realized that I may never fit in here. I am starting to experience otherness in new and different ways here. It is a challenge but a struggle filled with pride when I see how far I´ve come.
Especially in Theatre where communication is super important. I must confess that I am afraid a little for the language barrier when we start classes.
Is anyone reading this? Comment!