Rivalry among goddesses, the opening highlight of Ibero-American Theater Festival

The mythical Greek goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite stroll about in Bogota, delighting more than 40,000 spectators with their beauty.

Part of the play “Aphrodite and the Judgment of Paris,” staged by Spanish theater company La Fura dels Baus, the three goddesses perform in what many consider to be the opening highlight of the 15th Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogota.

(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) Anamarta de Pizarro, dir. of International Theater Festival of Bogota
“We didn’t want to stage it inside a theater, we preferred an open space. We are using the largest park in the city, Simon Bolivar Park, to celebrate along with you, the world’s best audience, the 15th edition of the Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogota.”

The impressive hour-long show depicts the rivalry between the three goddesses, who want Paris to choose the most beautiful of the three, in a classic Greek stage performance technologically adapted for modern audiences.

The play redefines two key aspects of theater — the space and the audience – in a festival known for being one of the most inclusive of its kind. Victims of the armed conflict in Colombia will be taking part in several stage shows.

This year, the guest country at the festival will be Mexico, which is bringing 11 plays by renowned actors, such as Luis de Tavira’s “El Círculo de Cal” (The Lime Circle) and Diego Luna, who is staging street theater. Guest countries from other regions this year include the Nordic countries.

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