Teatro Trono


El Manana es Hoy – The future begins here' is the motto under which Teatro Trono formed, in the meantime, more than 20 years ago. Not to simply wait for the future to bring change, but to take care of the situation yourself today.

AIt all began with a group of street children living in a reformatory in La Paz. The children ironically called it "trono" (throne) because they at least got food and their own bed. Soon the children began, under the guidance of social worker and theatre pedagog Ivan Novales, to act out and give voice to their often inexpressible experiences through theatre. The children soon approached the work with such intensity, that they began to incorporate everything they saw in their pieces – be it in the neighbourhood, the slums, or in films and television. Soon they didn't need the reformatory anymore.The first generation of "Teatro Trono" was born.

Today, Teatro Trono embodies the best folk-theatre. With their very expressive body language, the group creates images on the stage that convey the message of the piece without the necessity of  many words. Through this, the young performers master the art of pantomime as well as 'classic' theatre. Clowning, circus techniques and masks play an equally important role in their plays as well as (mostly traditional) music.

Decolonisation of the body

Teatro Trono understands the body as a creating instrument. Physical creativity has got potential to change society. The methode developed by experience with street-living, poverty and racism is called the theatre of decolonisation of the body.
“It is the big misunterstanding of the western society, of the Enlightenment which afforded rational thinking that the mind is in the center of human being while our body is nothing but an instrument for our mind”. COMPA understands the body as the creator of reality, as the designer of personality. The body is the subject in social reality. In presence of rational dominance, the logic of the mind is denying exactely that thing . Therefore the body first has to free himself and learn his own language. Being released from the ruling mind it will become the motor for social changes.

COMPA

COMPA – 'Comunidad de productores de artes' has its roots in TEATRO TRONO. Encouraged by Teatro Trono's cultural work in El Alto, other 'culture-producing' groups began to appear in public view. COMPA was founded at the end of the 90s to serve as an umbrella organization for these groups. Since that time, COMPA has grown extremely quickly, and has utilized this growth with great creativity and has ensured the inclusion of many young people. COMPA has run its own culture centre, with regular events, in El Alto for many years now. This culture centre could be defined as a permanent home for creativity and learning, a hub for experimentation and fantasy for children and youths. It was the first independent culture centre in El Alto. In the meantime there is a further local culture centre in the 4th District of El Alto as well as a culture centre for youth in the 6th Ditrict of the city. Additionally, both Santa Cruz and Cochamba have COMPA – culture centres, which are run by former members of Teatro Trono.

Culture centre 1

The project utilizes an area of over 240 m², and 6 floors with a total of 1440 m² (including living space for 30 people). The building has a theatre hall for over 250 visitors, libraries for both books and films, a gym, seminar rooms, offices, rooms for costume designers and  dressmakers, numerous storerooms, and an observatory on the 6th floor. The cellar houses a  memorial / museum for Bolivia's miners movement and a number of mine-galleries have been constructed there. This museum is used in a variety of ways. Above all, school classes are invited by the museum staff to take part in a type of roleplay to familiarize the children with the work and living conditions of the 'mineros'.

The street of culture

The 'street of culture' is a unique project in Bolivia.The street, in which the COMPA – culture centre can be found, has been transformed into place for activities and exhibitions. The neighbourhood decided to lend its house walls to activities such as wall painting and the hanging out of didactic material on its fa
çades. Display cases (1m x 1,5m) are also to be found here, which serve to spread information about culture, exhibitions, pictures and photography. Young people use these display cases to demonstrate their talent for poetry, painting, drawing or writing.

The Teatro-Camion

In order to transport the cultural work of COMPA and its different groups to other regions, 'Teatro-Camion' was already travelling the country before the culture centres in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba were set up. Everywhere in the country - in the streets, squares and meadows, is Teatro Trono now able to perform its programme. Of course, this type of contact with the audience offers a great opportunity in itself: to learn of the people's questions, fears and hopes throughout the whole country, and to reflect on these in future theatre productions.

The travelling school

Teatro Trono were inspired to set up the 'travelling school' by friends in Belgium who ran a 'mobile school' there. This form of school was designed above all, to cater for the needs of children living on the streets. Today, the concept has become so persuasive that the 'travelling school' also makes stops in different parts of the city and at schools. Above all, through the use of a great variety of 'play elements' in this form of mobile schooling, the children are able to absorb everyday knowledge, often in the best sense, through discovery. This is a school in which all the senses are mobilized, and in which the most important thing is, to have fun when learning.

 













"Arriba El Alto"


The new, evening-filling production of Teatro Trono is called “Arriba El Alto- Una historia con Altura“.
The theatreperfomace tells the story of the megacity, which lies over 4000 metres above the sea level - El Alto, the hometown of Teatro Trono. The young artists, who have been invited to Europe by the KinderKulturKarawane for several times now, will choose scenes from this production and turn them into a new play, dealing with city life and climate change.

A short trailer of "Arriba El Alto"










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