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Yvonne Rainer


by Mapa Teatro
Laboratorio de Artistas
Conceived and devised by Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden
March 26, 27, 28 at 8PM
March 28 at 2PM
New Theater (1156 Chapel Street)

Santa Inés-El Cartucho, one of the most ancient and emblematic neighborhoods of downtown Bogotá, fell victim to the violence of rampant arms and drug dealers in the late 1990s. El Cartucho was systematically demolished to pave the way for a new public park, displacing thousands of its working-class residents. Unfolding simultaneously in the realms of documentary and drama, Witness to the Ruins is the powerful testimony of that vanished community.

Mapa Teatro, founded in 1984 by Colombian artists Heidi, Elizabeth, and Rolf Abderhalden, creates temporary, experimental communities by inviting diverse groups of people to come together as a collective subject. Witness to the Ruins is the result of five years the company spent with the residents of El Cartucho before, during, and after its razing.

Performed in Spanish and English.

The running time for Witness to the Ruins is approximately 75 minutes.


Free and Open to the Public

Mapping Memory: Performance, Witnessing, and Place
Friday, March 27 from 11AM-6PM
Whitney Center for the Humanities, 53 Wall Street, Room 208

A one-day conference that explores the interrelationship between performance, place and witnessing through artistic practice: What is the role of place in memory-work? How does performance mediate traumatic loss of place and witnessing in communities? How do performance artists respond to endangered urban landscapes and communities in the twenty-first century world of globalization?

Co-Sponsored with the World Performance Project at Yale, Whitney Humanities Center, The Yale Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, and La Casa Cultural.

Conference Schedule:
11:15AM Opening Comments by Emily Coates, Artistic Director, World Performance Project at Yale

11:30AM – 12:30PM Talk by Grant Kester, UC San Diego "The Stage and the Frame: Collaborative Practice and Aesthetic Autonomy"

12:30 – 1:20PM Lunch will be provided

1:30 – 2:30PM Talk by Karen Till, Virginia Tech, "Performing Place, Mapping Remnants: Inhabiting Wounded Cities"

2:45 – 3:45PM Talk by Diana Taylor, New York University, "Ruin as a Political Project: Mapa Teatro's 'Testigo de las Ruinas'"

4:15 – 6:00PM Roundtable with speakers (including Jean Graham-Jones, The City University of New York and artistic directors of Mapa Teatro, moderated by Jill Lane, New York University)

Talk Back

Q&A sessions with the artists will be held immediately following all performances.