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De Mortibus, Réquiem para Samuel Beckett (1990)
  • Title: De Mortibus, Réquiem para Samuel Beckett (fragmentos)
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:16:14
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 1991
  • Location: Performed in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden, Carlos Caicedo, Ramiro Sandoval, performers.
  • Credits: Mapa Teatro, creator, producer; Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden, directors, set design, props, costume designers; based on texts by Samuel Beckett; Arvo Pärt, music; Sergio Mesa, musical consultant; Adriana Urrea, literary consultant; Daniel Demont, lighting designer.

De Mortibus, Réquiem para Samuel Beckett (1990)

Video documentation of a fragment of Mapa Teatro's production 'De Mortibus, Réquiem para Beckett.' Between 1988 and 1990, Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden embarked on an in-depth research process on the literary works of Samuel Beckett. Three months before his death, Beckett gave his approval for this production, which premiered in Bogotá in 1990 to critical acclaim. In 'De Mortibus,' the walls are painted white, actors are dressed in gray and nobody speaks, as if it were a world of paralysis. Actors work in almost total silence, forming sculptures that embody emotional states such as sadness, rage, indifference, and uncertainty. Mapa Teatro's production assigns each gesture, object, color, position, sound, and word a specific intention: to communicate and produce sensations, to invite a reaction, and to provoke an experience by which the limits of communication are (re)established.


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