Country Colombia

Discipline Theater

Audience Youth | Adults

Recomended for +16

Duration 75 minutes

Language Spanish

Dates January 12, 20.00h / January 13, 18.00h

Labio de liebre is a shot to the heart

­­El Espectador, Colombia

Labio de liebre is a play about one of the unfailing passions of theatrical storytelling – revenge – although it’s also about one of the hardest things to do – forgive. With touches of dark humor, it tells the story of Salvo Castello, an efficient former hitman, who has committed numerous crimes. He has acted out of conviction, rage and pain but also out of revenge. He feels remorse but that’s not enough and he must face up to the events from his own past that he’s willingly forgotten, been forced to forget or made himself forget. The Sosas, a family affected by Castello’s actions, refuse to make him pay for the damage he did in the past, but not every families does the same: some are unable to erase their memories or bury them under forgiveness. Labio de liebre was a resounding success in Colombia: all its performances were sell-outs and it was critically acclaimed, going on to be performed at important venues worldwide. It’s a story that poses the dilemma of revenge and pardon, memory and oblivion.

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Direction

Fabio Rubiano Orjuela

(Colombia)

Fabio Rubiano Orjuela is a playwright, director and actor. Together with Marcela Valencia, he founded Teatro Petra in 1985. Recipient of multiple awards, he won, among others, the 2013 Colombian National Award for best director. He has written more than 20 plays, four of which won the Colombian National Playwriting Award: Gracias por haber venido (1996), Cada vez que ladran los perros (1997), La penúltima cena (1999) and El natalicio de Schumann (2009). Companies from Uruguay, China, Slovenia, Chile, Mexico, the United States, Peru, Spain and France have put on his plays and several of his scripts have been translated into French, English, Slovenian, Chinese, Turkish and Portuguese.

Compañía Teatro Petra

Teatro Petra is one of the most representative contemporary theater groups in Colombia. Their work involves research into and the dramatic writing of scripts and plays. Founded by Fabio Rubiano O. and Marcela Valencia in 1985, their pieces have won the National Playwriting Award four times, the award for best play in 2011 for Sara dice and the National Award for Best Director in 2013 for El vientre de la ballena, Sara dice and Pinocho y Frankenstein le tienen miedo a Harrison Ford. They have been invited to perform their plays at more than 40 international festivals in Europe, South America, Mexico and the United States.

Written and directed by Fabio Rubiano O. | Cast Fabio Rubiano, Marcela Valencia, Liliana Escobar, Jacques Toukhmanian, Ana María Cuéllar, Biassini Segura | Art director Laura Villegas | Musical score and soundtrack Camilo Sanabria | Technical manager Adelio Leiva | Lighting designers Adelio Leiva and Leonardo Murcia | Stage director Henry Alarcón | Prop coordinator / ‘animal’ coordinator Mauricio Santos | Press and publicity Liliana Escobar | Executive producer Daniel Álvarez Mikey

  • Teatro Petra is one of the most important and award-winning contemporary companies in Colombia. In 2015, the group celebrated their thirtieth birthday with the premiere of Labio de liebre, co-produced by the Colón Theater and which has been described as one of Colombian theater’s all-time greats. It’s still being performed and toured, both in Colombia and abroad (in countries such as Mexico, Switzerland, France, Brazil and Peru).

  • Teatro Petra’s productions deal with controversial political and social subjects that, while navigating their way through pain and violence, always include the most ironic form of humor, creating what they call “laughter that hurts”.

  • Around 50,000 spectators and more than 50 columns in the Colombian and worldwide press confirm that this is a theatrical phenomenon that has had a great impact. Its artistic quality and capacity to move the audience are evident in the daring way it tackles a disturbing and highly relevant subject, not only for Colombia and Latin America, but for every place where stories of war, revenge and forgiveness occurred or are still occurring.

  • Fabio Rubiano recreates the story of paramilitaries in Colombia using humor, which is necessary, he says, because “the aim isn’t just to reenact the story on stage; something humorous has to be added”. This dark humor, something common to all of Rubiano’s work, helps the audience connect with and even laugh at this shocking story, which deals with the reality of many Latin American countries.

  • One of Teatro Petra’s main concerns, say its creators, is talking about conflict without resorting to biased archetypes or ideological manifestos. How can the victims and killers be given a voice without entering into a polarizing discussion? Rubiano has been researching actual cases from Colombia since 2009, writing what has ended up being one of the most watched and commented on plays in Colombian theater’s recent history.
  • Conflict in Colombia. This mainly refers to the ongoing war or armed conflict between the Colombian State and far-left guerillas, particularly the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) since 1965. On September 26, 2016, a peace agreement was signed between the government and the FARC, putting an end to armed conflict. According to data from NGO Conciliation Resources, today Colombia is experiencing “the most significant peace process in the world, in terms of both the length of the conflict and the magnitude of the violence the population suffered. The government has recognized more than 8 million victims in a country with a population of 46 million”. The other armed conflicts occurring in Colombia are related to the emergence of far-right paramilitary groups or drug cartels.

  • The play’s success. Labio de liebre was premiered in March 2015 at the Colon Theater in Colombia and in less than nine months performed at two different venues in Bogota (the Colón Theater and the National Theater), selling out almost all its functions and leaving lines of people outside trying to get in. It then opened the Nuevo León Festival in Monterrey, Mexico and was performed just as successfully at the prestigious Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato and at the emblematic Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris in Mexico City. After this, the play was successfully performed at the TKM Theater in Switzerland and in several French cities (Lyon, Douai, Lille and Dax). In March 2018, Labio de liebre inaugurated Teatro Petra’s own venue, once again performing to a full house for the whole season.

«A caustic look at the fine line between victim and killer»

El Tiempo, Colombia

«With impressive creativity, Fabio Rubiano has managed to combine humor and horror»

El Espectador, Colombia

«A heart-rending, artistic and intelligent piece with excellent performances»

El Tiempo, Colombia

«Teatro Petra has made an important contribution to the country’s saddest dream: the dream that those in power will finally acknowledge their brutality»

–El País, Spain

«Teatro Petra performs an incredibly strong piece of theater (…) A close look at the darkness within us»

El Diario Vasco, San Sebastián

Labio de liebre is a shot to the heart

­­El Espectador, Colombia

«A caustic look at the fine line between victim and killer»

El Tiempo, Colombia

«With impressive creativity, Fabio Rubiano has managed to combine humor and horror»

El Espectador, Colombia

«A heart-rending, artistic and intelligent piece with excellent performances»

El Tiempo, Colombia

«Teatro Petra has made an important contribution to the country’s saddest dream: the dream that those in power will finally acknowledge their brutality»

–El País, Spain

«Teatro Petra performs an incredibly strong piece of theater (…) A close look at the darkness within us»

El Diario Vasco, San Sebastián

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