A la diestra de Dios Padre (1997) Photo/Foto: Teatro Experimental de Cali
  • Title: A la diestra de Dios Padre
  • Holdings: program, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:56:38
  • Date: Nov 1997
  • Location: Cali, Colombia.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Jacqueline Vidal, Nelly Delgado, Gladys Garcés, Aida Fernández, Aicardo Bonilla, Nicolás Buenaventura, Hilda Ruiz, Otoniel Romero, Jaime Cabal, Gabriel Uribe, Enrique Buenaventura, Pedro Zapata, Gilberto Ramírez, Juan Carlos Maya (musician).
  • Credits: Enrique Buenaventura, literary text, director, graphic design ; Teatro Experimental de Cali, producer, videographer ; Oscar Muñoz, set design ; Antonio Sánchez, Aida Fernández, costumes ; Juan Carlos Maya, music ; Jean Marie Binoche, Doris Sarria, masks ; María Eugenia González, Lucy Bolaños, props ; Franklin Cruz, lighting design ; María E. Pérez, technical assistance.

A la diestra de Dios Padre (1997)

This play has been part of Teatro Experimental de Cali's repertoire since 1958. It is based on a short story by Don Tomás Carrasquilla, which elaborates on a widespread Latin American folk tale. Peralta, the main character, is a peasant, a mythical figure that represents Colombian identity against all earthly, heavenly and infernal powers. He is a gambler, but he is a generous gambler, a Robin Hood-like character who shares everything he earns with the poorest among his neighbors. Jesus and Saint Peter come down to earth in order to test Peralta's honesty. As he passes the test, Jesus grants him four wishes. He uses them to help the peasants against the landlords, the King and the Devil. At the end, Peralta becomes as tiny as an ant and comes to sit on God's right shoulder ("a la diestra de Dios Padre") as his good-hearted advisor. This play is an excellent example of how "creación colectiva" (collective creation), as a creative method, works for TEC: the piece was reworked several times, transformed by audience interaction and the TEC's ongoing exploration of their repertoire.

icon A la diestra de Dios Padre Program (6.53 MB)