Siglo de Oro Drama Festival | Festival de Teatro del Siglo de Oro

Actors performing in Siglo de Oro Drama Festival

Since its modest beginning at Chamizal National Memorial in the spring of 1976, the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival has attained an international reputation for presenting quality presentations from Spain's Golden Age, in both English and Spanish, by theatrical groups from all over the world.

The Festival celebrates Spain's "Golden Age" in which luminaries such as Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes and Calderón de la Barca left a heritage of classical drama that has enriched the world with its beauty and passion. Over the years, symposia in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez have provided a rich experience to both scholars and audience members with a vivid comparison and discussion of the original literary form inspired by the modern theatre productions staged at the Festival.

The Chamizal's Student Outreach Program gives hundreds of students every year the opportunity to examine the contemporary world through the relevant eyes of the past and to understand that although material culture may change, people and emotions have remained the same through the centuries. The presentations instill in the students a sincere love of literature and a keen appreciation of their language and traditions.

The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival remains an important cultural event that is directly linked to communication and education, and is an endeavor that contributes genuinely and effectively to our society on both sides of the border.

 
Program cover for 2015 Festival showing people in costume beneath arches.  Portada del folleto para festival 2015 demuestra personas en vestuario baja grandes arcos.

The artwork for the 2015 poster design is called "Masquerade, Cordova, cir. 1500" and was painted by Alfonso Tellez.  El arte del cartel para el festival de 2015 se titula "Masquerade, Cordova, cir. 1500" y fue pintado por Alfonso Tellez.

2015 Siglo de Oro Festival

The 40th Annual International Siglo de Oro Drama Festival will run for five nights, from Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22, 2015. General admission tickets are free and will be issued first-come-first-served only to those present, beginning at 5:30 p.m. the evening of each performance. Call 915-532-7273 for information.

El 40 Anual Festival Internacional de Teatro del Siglo de Oro dura cinco días, de miércoles 18 de marzo a domingo 22 de marzo, 2015 . Los boletos son gratis y de entrada general. Comenzando a las 5:30 p.m. cada día del festival se entregan los boletos a los que están presentes en orden de llegada o de la fila. Llame al 915-532-7273 para información.

March 18 (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. ¡Fiesta!
¡Fiesta! is a special production created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Festival. It is a modern re-creation of an original baroque party with theater, music and dance of that period. It is performed by Morfeo Teatro from Cuevas de San Clemente, Spain.

El 18 de marzo (miércoles) a las 7:00 p.m. ¡Fiesta!
¡Fiesta! es un espectáculo que se realiza expresamente como celebración del 40º aniversario del Festival. Se comporta como una recreación moderna de una fiesta barroca original, con teatro, música y danza de época. Se presenta por Morfeo Teatro de Cuevas de San Clemente, España.

March 19 (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. El Buscón
El Buscón (The Swindler) is a play based on the famous picaresque novel written by Francisco de Quevedo. It is performed by Morfeo Teatro from Cuevas de San Clemente, Spain.

El 19 de marzo (jueves) a las 7:00 p.m. El Buscón
El Buscón es representación basada en la célebre novela de la picaresca escrita por Francisco de Quevedo. Se presenta por Morfeo Teatro de Cuevas de San Clemente, España.

March 20 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. Coloquio de Los Perros
Coloquio de los perros (Discussion of the Dogs) is an adaptation of one of the most personal and original of the Novelas Ejemplares, short stories by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. In this story, two dogs receive the divine gift of speech for one night. The play is performed by Laboratorio Escénico Univalle from Cali, Colombia.

El 20 de marzo (viernes) a las 7:00 p.m. Coloquio de Los Perros
Coloquio de los perros representa la novela ejemplar más personal y original de Miguel de Cervantes. En ella dos perros adquieren, por una noche, el divino don del habla. Se presenta por Laboratorio Escénico Univalle de Cali, Colombia.

March 21 (Saturday) at 7:00 p.m. El Amor Enamorado
Written by Félix Arturo Lope de Vega, this pastoral play uses familiar mythological figures such as Jupiter, Venus, Diana and, "Amor" himself, Cupid, to tell a very human story. El Amor Enamorado (Love in Love), exposes the many faces of this most basic emotion. The play is performed by Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral del Instituto de Bellas Artes from Mexico City, Mexico.

El 21 de marzo (sábado) a las 7:00 p.m. El Amor Enamorado
Escrito por Félix Arturo Lope de Vega, esta obra pastoral utiliza figuras mitológicas familiares, como Júpiter, Venus, Diana y el mismo"Amor," Cupido, para contar una historia muy humana. El Amor Enamorado expone las múltiples facetas de esta emoción más básica. La representación se presenta por la Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral del Instituto de Bellas Artes del Distrito Federal, México.

March 22 (Sunday) at 7:00 p.m. Villa y Corte - The Music of Goya
Did you ever wonder what came next, after the peak of Spain's Golden Age of Renaissance? This production gives you a taste of the 'tonadilla', that started as an 'entremés' between acts of straight plays and was a vocal showpiece for the most important stars of the day. In fact they were so popular that they took on a life of their own in post Golden Age theater.

El 22 de marzo (domingo) a las 7:00 p.m. Villa y Corte - The Music of Goya
¿Se ha preguntado alguna vez cómo era el teatro español después del apogeo del Siglo de Oro? Esta presentación destaca la tonadilla, lo que comezó como un entremés entre los actas de una comedia. Era una obra maestra vocal para las estrellas más importantes del día. De hecho eran tan populares que llegaron a cambiar el carácter del teatro español después del Siglo de Oro.

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