ITÍNERA, ART IN EXPANSION is a cultural project created by artists/pedagogists and cultural managers with the purpose of driving on the wellness and the development of human beings, their communities and their environment through cultural services focused on the arts, an experience of high aesthetical quality and sensitivity, through the establishment of national and international networks, the ability to collaborate in every place of the world and with the populations that require those services.
Itínera is an independent organization based on diversity. Its aim is to contribute to the human development beginning from art in all its manifestations, in the dimensions of creation, cultural management, education and research, in order to favor the acceptance of cultural expressions, the exchange of knowledge and the promotion of a work that aims for the global social welfare of the population and its individuals.
Being an organization with social meaning and artistic quality, leadership in the development of projects where art directed at different communities is the starting point to achieve strength and understanding. Itínera aims at giving a new meaning to and redrawing diversity; nourishing participation in social processes and propitiating in the well-being, the integrity and the spiritual and artistic enrichment, contributing to the development of nations.
We develop our work in four lines of action:
Our artistic creations and production focus on contemporary performing arts: theatre, dance and drama, also called “live arts”. We have the intention to develop creative processes and practices through the languages of body, voice and interdisciplinary arts.
Itínera wants to be a bridge between artists and their creative and pedagogical experience. Itínera has a special interest to circulate high quality artistic productions from any place of the world. In this way we expect to collaborate in the growth of the community, theatre and arts. Itínera intends to be an artistic and permaculture network.
This is a very important field in the heart of Itínera. We believe that pedagogy is the best way to transmit and promote the art and the development of communities. This is how we will collaborate with the cultural growth of art itself. We think that it is fundamental that communities claim the intangible goods of their cultures and the expression of their individuals. Our pedagogy tries to strengthen the society in sensibility, dialog, creativity and enjoyment.
Research is a transverse axis for each of our processes of creation and pedagogy. We believe that all the work must be documented and systematized. That allows the survival and the multiplication of the knowledge in art giving visibility and importance in our context.
Founded in 2009 in Denmark, Itínera established its headquarters in Bogotá (Colombia) in 2010. In 2015 we purchased two plots of land in Mexico to begin the first step of the construction process of an Ecological Theater and the “Space of Inspiration”, a place for artistic residences.
Itínera Theater Company was created in 2009 in Denmark, called Samka Teatro at the time. In 2010 the company restructured its objectives, changing the name to Itínera – Art in Expansion and established its headquarters in Bogotá (Colombia). In 2013 it opened an office in Barcelona (Spain). Its first stage production, “metaMORPHEOsis” was created between 2010 and 2011 and it was supported by “Young Talents Grant in 2009 ICETEX” (Colombia) and the “Latin America Fund for the Performing Arts IBERESCENA” in 2011 (Spain).
The theater performance was created in Denmark and it was directed by Else Marie Laukvik, actress of Odin Teatret, Nordisk Teater Laboratorium. It premiered in May 2011 at the “Lux Theater” of Pisa (Italy), with shows in Pontedera and Pistoia. During the creation process the company gave presentations in the juvenile prison of Bogotá, and in the space of the youth group “La Fundación Funámbulo” in Barrio San Luis de la Calera (Bogotá). It took part in the Alternative Theater Festival in 2010 and received the Award “New Theater Festival Arteusaquillo 2011”. During the year 2012 the Company toured South America, performing in Teatro Maguey, in Lima and in the North American Peruvian Institute of Cusco (Peru). In Bolivia the performance was presented at the “Community of Arts Producers – COMPA of Teatro Trono”. In Paraguay in “Teatro Municipal Ignacio A. Pane” and in “Planta Alta Galería”. It made a presentation in Montevideo (Uruguay) in the cultural center for homeless people “Urbano Cultural”.
In Argentina it was presented in the cities of Cordoba in the theater “Quinto Deva” and in Jujuy in the theater “Teatro de la Vuelta del Siglo”, among others. In Colombia it performed in theaters such as “Teatro La Guagua” in Pasto, “La Reculá del Ovejo” in Cartagena and “Bernardo Romero Lozano”.
Meanwhile, Itínera also organized theater workshops, some for professional performers and others for communities, children, and teenagers, realized in Peru, with the “Cultural
Association Puckllay”, in Bolivia with “El Alto Teatro”, in Jujuy with “Estación Perico”,
in Uruguay with “Urbano Espacio Cultural”. In Paraguay it realized a scenic workshop with the Corps de Ballet of “Teatro Municipal Ignacio A. Pane”.
In August 2012 Itínera Company was selected as an Artistic Resident Group in “La Casona de la Danza” with the laboratory “Creación Línea Fronteriza”, that sought to dissolve the idea of the actor or dancer in a wider concept of the performer. This Laboratory gave birth to the stage production “Culpable”, premiered in August 2013 at the “Teatro García Márquez. “Culpable” has been invited to Alternative Festival in 2014, at “Teatro Tecal” and to the “Festival Movimiento Continuo 2014”. In 2014 Itínera began the last production “Knots – Rules to be happily unhappy” which was co–produced by Nordisk Teater Laboratorium in Denmark, directed by Else Marie Laukvik and presented at “Festival of Women for peace” in 2015, “Teatro Casa de Artistas”, in Bogotá (Colombia) and in many theater festival around the world (Sri Lanka, Egypt, Russia, India...).