Group Luz de Luna
Atanasio Girardot Bogotá Columbia
de Luna is a youth theatre group which presents street theatre
performances referring to relevant social topics. The group consists
of a steady core of 10 people aged 16 to 24 years. Their artistic
director is 39-year-old theatre teacher Rubén Dario Herrera.
Luz de Luna has been existing since 1987. According to Luz de
Luna theatre is not an island where art for few people is created,
but instead it is seen as a contribution to understand, to present
and to change the situation in Columbia. Theatre reflects their
own social conditions and it tries to find a solution with the
help of art. Both the communcation with the community and with
the environment are essential. Thus art becomes a mouthpiece for
those who, all too often, do not have a voice of their own.
a week Luz de Luna works with young people of the district. They
learn how to walk on stilts as well as scenic expression. Later
on they are part of Luz de Lunas theatre performances, e.g.
at traditional parades and at the carnival procession. The young
people are aged 11 to 18.
young people live in a marginalized area of Bogotá in difficult
social conditions. Thus the theatre and the group are an alternative
in order to escape the vicious circle of violence and crime. Here
they can experience that they themselves and what they
make of their lives is important for other people.
parade Columbia in Antwerp / Belgium
1999 the group was invited to a workshop and exchange of ideas
that took place in a workers district in Antwerp.
group has been participating in different theatre meetings in
Columbia and in Latin America (Venezuela, Perú, Costa Rica
and Cuba). When invited by human rights organizations the group
offers workshops in communities in different conflict areas of
in Kindergartens and schools of the area
workshops in Kindergartens in cooperation with the Madres
Comunitarias and in schools represent an important part
of their work.
y Ventarones Street vendors and their world
story of a street vendor who together with the Madres
Comunitarias - fights against air pollution caused by a
Fantasía o realidad Phantasy or Reality
first play which was created in cooperation deals with the problems
of street children. It is based upon the text of Viviana Betancourt,
aged 14 at that time, winner of the Youth Literature Award for
está? Where is he?
play about the student Leonardo Gómez who was kidnapped
and then murdered
Columbia political executions and the disappearance of persons
are the order of the day. Apart from the physical suffering this
causes extreme psychological distress for the relatives, especially
the mothers, who search their children in vain year after year.
Often whole families break apart as a result of this. Most of
these crimes are never solved.
present-day play concerning the violent expulsion of now three
million people from their land. This affects mostly small farmers,
native people and Afro-Columbian rural communities (Cimarones).
de Luna has got a dream:
establish a Cultural Centre for Children, Young People and Women
in the Barrio Atanasio Girardot and to fill it with life. We want
to support them in their efforts, since we believe that, in a
country like Columbia, phantasy, art and the work with children
and young persons are both a possible and an important contribution
allows identification of common values
creates a spirit of community and solidarity
represents a possibility to show emotions and to deal with them
offers individual perspectives for a positive way of life
Circle of Friends Luz de Luna grants support as follows
support for the establishment of a Cultural Centre in Barrio Atanasio
of personal relations and artistic exchange between the countries
of solidarity with their work
relations work concerning the situation in Columbia and the human
rights situation in the country
Wieland and Alberto Jerez
58, 74172 Neckarsulm