Country Chile

Discipline Circus | Music | Theater

Recomended for +5 años

Duration 60 minutes

Language Español

Warning The route is 1.5 kilometers long. Recommended for children aged 5 and over who are able to walk along very slowly with their families.

Bees are at the heart of the world’s ecosystem. They pollinize 75% of the food that humans eat, guaranteeing biodiversity and ultimately life. With live music, dance, circus acts, acrobatics and great theatricality, Ni una abeja menos is a carnival-like passacaglia that brings a current and vital concern to the fore, using an environmental message to raise ecological awareness among families and help preserve the planet. Forty people from the world of flora and fauna use mime and choreography to tell the story, with a live band in the background, in the same way that arguments are portrayed in classical ballets. Accompanied by two worker bees, a queen bee and a large hive, the artists bring this appealing and dynamic street parade to life. This choreographed story set to music - including adaptations of Chilean music hits - promotes both preserving the planet and improving future generations’ quality of life.

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Direction

Irene Bustamante

(Chile, 1972)

A dance performer from the University of Chile, she settled in Paris in 1994 to specialize in show-dancing with choreographer Kamel Ouali. She took part in two world tours as a solo ballerina for Universal Music FRANCE’s ERA project. Since 2008, she has been working in Chile as a choreographer for large-scale musical productions such as Cabaret, La pérgola de las flores (a bicentenary production) and La novicia rebelde. She has run CASSIS, a company specializing in dance and theater for family audiences since 2008, putting on productions such as El viaje de Perséfone, Al ritmo del universo and La estrella de navidad.

Director and choreographer Irene Bustamante | Assistant choreographer Verónica Lobos | Musical director Felipe Hidalgo | Performers Cinthia Pizarro, Ana Cambias, Juan Carlos Ahumada, Alfredo Araya, Francisco Castro, Daniel Ramírez, Eder Rebolledo, Eduardo Sáez, Lorena Henríquez, Carmen Gloria Espinoza, Natalie Warnier, Josselyn Morrison, Yordanka Alforis, Jocelyn Berríos, Romina Frías, Luisa Peña, Tania Donoso, Naomi Fabres, Jorge Escobar, Evens Clercema, Gustavo Silva, Mario Méndez. Javier Ramírez, César Núñez, Eric Jerez, Anita Barros, Angelo Almeida, Omar Araya | Musicians Javier Munizaga, Cristian Silva, Cristian Urrutia, Felipe Canales, Hugo Paredes, Felipe Painean, Camilo Arriagada, Alessander Santos, Cristóbal Baeza, Óscar Yáñez, Nicole Díaz, Javiera Beltrán | Rigging Carlos Quinteros, Diego Azócar, Camilo Aste | Assistants Emanuel Tolosa, Sofía González Make-up and costumes Carlos Salbo, Verónica Bustamante, Anai Vega, Danixa Ojeda | Produced by Cassis Espectáculos

  • The artistic inspiration behind this street parade comes from the urgent need to create ecological appreciation and awareness in children from a young age. Its goal is to make Chilean families talk about issues that help preserve the planet and improve future generations’ quality of life.

  • The script and choreography were dreamt up by outstanding Chilean choreographer Irene Bustamante, whose company CASSIS involves 15 performers, several of them national stars such as Cuti Aste - responsible for the musical score - and dancer Vivian Romo, winner of both Altazor and Apes awards. Her productions have been put on at important local venues, such as the Teatro Mori at Parque Arauco, Matacana 100 and the FAMFEST Festival.

  • This colorful and dynamic street parade involves dancers, acrobats and circus artists, supported by a band and fabulous costumes of the insects found in a garden: butterflies, ladybugs, crickets, flowers and, of course, bees. Performing coordinated choreographies and somersaults, they teach us about caring for bees and how important they are to our lives and to the planet.
  • The play’s structure. The artists make four stops along the way, corresponding to the four different seasons that make up the performance. Each one has a name and a specific aim. Through both acting and choreography, they each narrates a part of the story that makes up this passacaglia.

  • Passacaglia. Passacaglia has a dual meaning: it’s either an old courtesan dance developed in Spain or a kind of music with a very lively rhythm that music groups and street musicians used to play at popular seventeenth century street festivals. This term is used nowadays to refer to street theater shows that involve live music.

  • Street theater. This is the name given to outdoor theater presentations in public which don’t charge an entrance fee, performed on urban stages so a large number of people can see them. It emerged as a way of emancipating the working-class and reinforcing the revolutionary feeling against the powers-that-be at the beginning of the twentieth century. Later, it was developed as a way of making theater more democratic and of taking it to different parts of the city.

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