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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

La Lune est en Amazonie

Mapa Teatro 

02 > 04.12.2021

In 1969, two gold prospectors discover, in the deepest Colombian jungle, an unknown human settlement, supposedly cannibalistic, that they try to communicate with without success. It is only with the arrival of Swiss/Colombian researcher Roberto Franco, also in 1969, that information on these people was secured: at the end of the 19th century, an indigenous people isolated themselves in the forest, disappearing from governmental records in order to protect themselves from drug dealers, settlers and their illnesses .  

Starting from real documented events, and with its avocation as laboratory of artistic experimentation, Mapa Teatro gathers visual and auditory materials as well as testimony to create a new “ethno-fiction” crossing social imagination and poetic research. By storytelling and videos Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden cast light on the fate of the indigenous Latin American communities beset by environmental violence. 

March 2020, strict confinement is decreed in Colombia for almost a year. With the isolation experienced by the Mapa Teatro, the initial reflection extends to the effects of this experience on the bodies and on the gaze that one fixes on the lesser modes of existence of these invisible communities, in permanent risk of extinction.


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ES surtitrage FR, NL


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Concept and direction
Heidi Abderhalden
Rolf Abderhalden

Heidi Abderhalden
Rolf Abderhalden
Aljosha Belgrish

Performed by
Heidi Abderhalden
Agnes Brekke
Andrés Castañeda
Julián Díaz
Santiago Sepúlveda

Special guests
Jorge Alirio Melo
Levi Andoque

Music and Sound Designer
Juan Ernesto Díaz

Lighting designer
Mathias Roche

Space designer
Rolf Abderhalden

Set construction
LR.Space (Berlin)

Costume designer
Elizabeth Abderhalden

Objects designer
Jose Ignacio Rincón
Santiago Sepúlveda

Javier Hernández
Fausto Díaz
Mónica Torregrosa

Video editing
Heidi Abderhalden
Fausto Díaz
John de los Ríos
Ximena Vargas

Live video
Ximena Vargas

Stage manager
Santiago Sepúlveda

Technical director Colombia
Cécile Bickart

Technical director Europe tour
Alvaro Guisado

Mapa Teatro
José Ignacio Rincón
Ximena Vargas.

Executive production for France, Belgium and Swizterland
Le phénix scène nationale Pôle européen de création à Valenciennes

Ruhrtriennale, Mousonturm, Culturescapes, Le phénix scène nationale Pôle européen de création à Valenciennes avec Next Festival, Théâtre de la Ville avec le Festival d’Automne à Paris

Iberescena, 11 Berlin Biennale, Naves Matadero, Siemens Stiftung

Foundation for Arts Initiatives Ffai

Special thanks to
David Lapoujade, Apitachtong Weerazethakul, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Tilda Swinton, Roberto Franco (In memoriam), Germán Castro Caycedo (In memoriam), Goethe-Institut Kolumbien

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