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El Establo, a new cultural space for alternative and independent artists, at Casa Grande University

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A old and small shed that had been used by the art students of the Great House Universityas a design workshop and for manual work, for more than ten years, has been transformed into a various arts room that opens to public of Guayaquil to talk with the alternative and independent creation.

This new cultural space is called El Establo, as the “casagrandinos” have known it for more than a decade. the shed, preceded by an illuminated area with spotlights vintage and benches made of concrete and logs, stands at the bottom of the Big House main campuslocated on Ilanes street, in front of gate 6 of CC Albán Borja.

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The stable is a recent project. We have taken one of the largest areas, which has the conditions to turn it into a theater room and generate a sustained artistic practice. The idea is not only to generate this practice among students, but also to program external groups that have scenic developments with which we are interested in dialoguing.”, illustrated the teacher Diana Pacheco, coordinator of the Faculty of Arts of the university.

The cultural space El Establo, at Casa Grande University, was officially inaugurated on Thursday, September 29. Photo: Jose Beltran. Photo: The Universe

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In this sense, he clarifies, El Establo will have programmers, who are the teachers of said faculty, and those in charge of programming the place. They have a series of Selection criteria, which have to do with a search for different artistic languages. We like independent management, because it is a management that seeks from the desire to say something that is not being said”. Therefore, the teacher points out, El Establo “is a space to think (…); it is an educational contribution, but outside the classroom”.

In addition, according to Pacheco, the new room does not seek a commercial impact; that will not be your measurement parameter. “We are not looking for profit, although some works will have a value to cover production costs.” As the case may be, the public interested in the activities must register for each one of them, due to security and capacity policies.

The rector of the Casa Grande University, Ernesto Noboa Vallarino (left), at the inauguration of El Establo. Behind, the teacher Diana Pacheco, in charge of the site. Photo: José Beltrán / The Universe Photo: The Universe

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The site has been fulfilling its purpose since the middle of the year, when it has been carrying out the activities of film clubwith free movie screenings every Monday.

However, on the night of Thursday, September 29, The stable celebrated its inauguration with the presentation of the work Yellowwritten by Juan José Ripalda and starring Rocío Maruri, former UCG student. They are both part of Resonate groupwho experiments with technology and the movement of the body, as he demonstrated in this energetic and stimulating 40-minute staging.

The teacher Diana Pacheco (i) together with the Resonar group, in charge of staging and presenting the play ‘Amarillo’. Photo: The Universe

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In its opening, a little more than 30 guests enjoyed the official debut of the new room with this one-actress play, albeit accompanied on stage by a choreography of lights emitted by edison spotlights, which seemed to converse with her, and unexpected and disconcerting sound effects to evoke memory, time and loss.

The actress Rocío Maruri, a former student of U. Casa Grande, is the protagonist of ‘Amarillo’, a piece by a single actress who, through a choreography of lights and sound effects, evokes memory and the passage of time. Photo: The Universe

El Establo was the prelude to this sensorially immersive piece that will be presented in November at the Loja Living Arts Festival. For that reason, Yellow served two additional functions: on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

Source: Eluniverso

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