Las Tablas Theater opens its doors gradually, after global confinement. “Sometimes the dogs smile” is a production of Tijuana Hace Teatro that is carried out with the support of the System of Support for Creation and Cultural Projects (Sacpc) and the call for Independent Scenic Spaces in Resilience of the Ministry of Culture.
The season continues with the reopening of Teatro Las Tablas, which began in April with the stage installation (RE) INSTALAR (NOS) and the II Intimate Theater Festival, which had a hybrid modality (virtual and face-to-face).
“Sometimes the dogs smile” will be presented from June 24 to 27 and will have limited capacity with the pertinent measures, in accordance with the state’s sanitary protocol.
It tells the story of “Lola” and “Sylvie”, two young people who live in different centuries; “Lola”, in the middle of the 19th century in a world where death has become an ordinary subject; while “Sylvie”, a thousand years later, seems to have everything resolved in a perfectly controlled society. Both will live a danger that will force them to recognize their own life drive with a common bond: they have a dog named “Filomena”, with whom they develop a strong emotional bond.
Both worlds contrast a near past and a distant future, to raise questions in the present about our humanity. Along the way, instinct will play a decisive role in facing the adversities of nature, but also of the “perfect” social systems that trigger a constant question in the history of humanity: why are human beings special?
In this sense, the internal struggle faced by both characters also evokes our paradoxes, our incessant search for perfection, our fear of death, but also the rediscovery of a drive that makes us think that perhaps “all of life is just a jump that comes from the entrails ”.
Kariam Valenzuela and Nadia López star in these parallel stories that intertwine in time with instinct, survival and fragility, to ask ourselves if we are really so different from other animals and, above all, what makes us “be” human. The cast is closed by live music by Jassiel Santillán, in a scenic design proposal by Ramón Verdugo and Jesús Quintero.
“The project was written during confinement and we began remote rehearsals in digital media, to later give way to face-to-face encounters, in an act of strength and resistance as performing artists that united our creative concerns and some universal questions at such a crucial moment like the one we live in ”, commented Ramón Verdugo, director.
This season opens a series of activities that Tijuana Hace Teatro will have for the second semester of the year, which includes a couple of theatrical premieres and the return of some scenic pieces from its repertoire, such as “The Grönholm Method”, “There are also flies in the moon ”, among others.