THE THEATER OF MAZUNTE

 

We believe that art and culture are vitals to the growth of people, and that can collaborate constructing meaning in a society that tends to homogeneity, neglect and disappointment. Art influences the evolution and transformation of spirit, thinking and creating various ways of interact with other people and with the environment as more sensitive to the conservation, the preservation and the collective welfare.

 

A self sustainable project that articulates artistic and environmental practictices requires a physical space that doesn’ t disturb the natural recources and that allows these goals to take shape in the life of our community; trying to make possible that our processes in creation, production and artistic pedagogy will be based on dynamics that leave the slightest traces of pollution, generating the minimum impact in the future.

 

We imagine the physical space of the theater versatile, operating as a cultural center, a place to conduct training, formation, creation and circulation of artists, their performances and meetings with communities. The space should preserve a low cost of  maintenance allowing to generate mechanisms of electricity from renewables energies and energy savings, as well as a rational water and energy management. A space that can be used for farming, creating organic food and permaculture activities.

 

The theatrical space construction project is projected from different inputs such as wood, earth and recycled materials: cans, tires (rubber), bottle glass. The technique for this type of self-sustaining eco-construction is based on the technique developed by the Earthship Biotecture Academy (USA) for many years.

 

 

To build a sustainable and ecological theatre and school in a physically sustainable place where theatrical and artistic creation will be promoted, spread, managed and circulate, serving the community. We want to work in a place where it is possible to optimise the resources and preserve the environment. We hope to create different ways to understand the arts, the culture and the community itself.

 

  • ACTIVITIES of THE ECO – THEATRE

    The following activities include the actions that we consider possible in the eco-construction; actions in a short, medium and long term designed for the sustainability of the space.

  1. Production and creation of performances of the Itínera Theatre Company.
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  3. Programme presentations and demonstrations of performances created by Itínera Theatre Company, as well as other international and national companies, artists, craftsmen and guests.
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  5. Develop together with the community creative processes from different languages arts or other cultural fields: craft, gastronomy, permaculture and ecology.
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  7. Organise and share pedagogic processes in theatre and other artistic areas with the community.
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  9. Realize artistic activities with children, young people, adults and senior citizens.
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  11. Organize creative laboratories in any art for groups and local or foreign artists.
  1. Share the space with Mazunte groups, companies and artists who do not possess physical space of creation or production. 
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  3. Programme artistic residences in all disciplines for artists from the whole world.
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  5. Organize work-demonstrations for the community with the resulting in artistic residences.
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  7. Organize an annual theatre festival and several meetings to support arts and creators, as well as Itínera’s productions.
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  9. Organize academic events and conferences with national and international guests about the arts, arts pedagogy, ecology, eco – construction and gastronomy.
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  2. Organize meetings about creation, development and management of cultural auto-sustainable projects, based on the ecology and with an environmental perspective.
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  4. Document and publish memories and experiences of all the processes of creation, pedagogy or cultural management done by Itínera.
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  6. A Café-bar-restaurant that stimulates and propitiates habits of healthy lifestyle with organic food.
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  8. Publish and spread theatrical texts.
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  10. Rent the space to institutions or companies that want to realize events there.

MAZUNTE... Why?

 

Mazunte is a small town on the Pacific Coast in Mexico, famous for eco–tourism, its ecological costructions, the giant sea turtles that live and breed along the coastline, the nearby Laguna de la Ventanilla full of bird life, iguanas and crocodiles. It is a a place where time seems to have stopped and nature is still preserved. A hike out to the tip of Punta Cometa offers an absolutely breathtaking view of the surrounding coastline. Punta Cometa is a natural reserve and the southernmost point in Mexico where you can catch a 350 degree view of the sun rising from, and dropping into the sea. In 2015 Mazunte received the designation “pueblo magico” (magical village) by the Mexican government.

 

About Mazunte

 

The community of Mazunte is constantly growing. The little town is located in Oaxaca, a region full of culture and indigenous communities. It has 700 inhabitants, approximately 400 Mexicans and 300 foreigners that live of tourism, fishing, hosting tourists and preparing delicious traditional Mexican food. The main road is full of life, little restaurants, shops and in the night lots of artisans show and sell their products to turists that come from different parts of the world.

 

 

The organization of Mazunte, as many others towns in Mexico, is based on the idea of “bien común” (common good), where responsibilities and opportunities are shared among the people that live there and take part of social meetings. The town is in a constant cultural ascent. It already organizes a jazz festival and a circus festival that are nationally and internationally known, and there is a square for community events and traditional feasts, but it doesn’t have a theatre yet. 

 

All kinds of activities that we are planning are directed towards the community. They will seek the well-being and collaboration of the population in order to create a place that will have a tight relation with the people. The city has its own ecological rules trying to respect nature using local materials and the projects that they finance have a very important social component.

 

Our main interest is the chance to work with the people and for the people.     

Specifics of the physical space:

Place Quantity Description
 Auditorium 300 persons. Movable stands for versatility. That could be used as the main venue for presentations as well as rehearsals, exhibitions, or training labs and workshops. It is important that the entrance to the theater, the stage, as well as the public area includes people in wheelchairs
Dressing Room 2 For men and women. Shower and bath
Office 1 Ample space to be used by a group of 5 people with its respective place, computer desk and space to receive visitors and hold meetings
Office Bathroom 1 Dry bath or with reuse of rainwater
Bathroom for the public – Women 4 Dry bath or with reuse of rainwater
Bathroom for the public – Men 4 Dry bath or with reuse of rainwater
Bathroom for the public – Children 4 Dry bath or with reuse of rainwater
Bathroom for the public – People with disabilities 4 Dry bath or with reuse of rainwater
Maintenance workshop 1 Place to build scenery, repair and maintenance workshop for eco-construction. Storage of materials.
Kitchen 1 Place where the team and / or guests can cook and use daily
Rooms 5 With bathroom and shower. Spacious, so that they can be used by the team and the hosting guests
Café – restaurant 1 With bathromm and kkitchen
Gardens Many Wherever it is possible to cultivate
Espacios para huertos y sembradíos Many Wherever it is possible to cultivate
Parking lot Many Parking area for cars or buses
 
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