Guinnaru (1997) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Guinnaru
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:59:27
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 28 Nov 1997
  • Location: Cali, Colombia.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Jacqueline Vidal, Francisco Morales, Clahiber Rincón, Lina María Torres, Serafín Arzamendía, Marco Ocampo, Hilda Ruiz, Edgar Builes, Albert Days, Adriana Olave (musician), Diego Obregón (musician), Leidy Arango (musician).
  • Credits: Enrique Buenaventura, writer, masks and puppets ; Teatro Experimental de Cali, producer, collective creation, videographer, sets, props, costumes, stage design, lighting design ; Jacqueline Vidal, staging ; Liliana Montes, Hugo Candelario, music ; María Eugenia Pérez, technical assistance ; based on short stories from African oral traditions ('Black Anthology' by Blaise Cendrars).

Guinnaru (1997)

Teatro Experimental de Cali's "Guinnaru" tells the story of a water spirit coming from Africa to the Pacific coast of Colombia. It elaborates on short stories from an anthology of African oral tradition by Swiss poet and novelist Blaise Cendrars. The play's three parts -- "Mbongo," "Entremés del Muerto," and "El Munú del Falemé" -- are woven by multiple narrators that sing and tell a series of tales on the intricate relationships between gods, humans and animals. The play merges classic theatrical language with music, dance, acrobatics, masks and colorful costumes in a theatrical exploration of African modes of representation and expression; Black Africans constitute one of the ethnic groups of Colombia and TEC has always tried to rescue and redeem the roots of Colombian national identity.