The National Center for the Arts will host the Héctor Azar seminar: Poetics and theater politics in Mexico, which begins tomorrow and ends on Saturday. In conjunction with the Compañía de Teatro la eMe de México, it will offer a space for specialists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the National Institute of Fine Arts and the Mora Institute to discuss the events after the student movement of 1968, which gave rise to to changes both in the political-economic structure and in the social and cultural spheres.
This seminar continues the initiative of Guillermo Navarro, director of the Compañía la eMe de México, who during the pandemic and with the collaboration of José Alfredo Ramírez, his first theater teacher at the Colegio de Bachilleres, started the project History, memory and oblivion, voice and image archive of the theater workshops of the Colegio de Bachilleres, with the aim of seeking and recovering the voice of the protagonists of this first stage of the 70s, where the playwright Héctor Azar (Atlixco, Puebla, October 17, 1930-Mexico City, May 11, 2000) had a role fundamental.
Considered an indisputable presence in theater and national culture, with a career spanning more than 50 years, Azar promoted the creation of spaces and projects for the development of performing arts that marked a watershed in Mexican theater.
He was founder and director of the pilot group of the UNAM University Student Theater; head of the Inba Theater Department; director of Casa del Lago, where he created the Open Forum and the Chamber Theater; founder of the Inba National Theater Company, of which he was the main director, among others.
After the opening of the seminar, Óscar Armando García, from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UNAM, will offer the keynote lecture Héctor Azar or theater education, moderated by Carlos Azar, son of the playwright.
On the second day, there will be a table of chance, a creator of scenarios, in which Citru-Inbal researchers will participate, moderated by Patricia Chavero. On Friday, the conference History, memory and oblivion: An archeology of theater in Mexico will be presented, an open dialogue by Carlos Azar, Miroslava Salcido, Carlos Virgen and Alejandro Bichir, moderated by Guillermo Navarro.
Finally, on Saturday there will be an open dialogue with the Oaxacan artist Lukas Avendaño, who will address the topic of the contemporary Scene, led by Itandehui Méndez.
With the dance of Lukas Avendaño, Requiem for a curlew, with the participation of the Mixtequilla Philharmonic Band of Oaxaca, the closing ceremony will take place at the Raúl Flores Canelo Theater. The programming can be consulted on the Cenart website https://www.cenart.gob.mx