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Teatro La Máscara

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Sobre calle entre avenida y San José, San Jose, Costa Rica

The concept of the theatrical work of La Mascara as an independent group, its how, what and where, arose from the convergence of artistic work and the concept of extension and cultural management that its two founders previously made in their native countries: Costa Rica and Uruguay. The joint work of both, in a very punctual way, was enhanced in an intense artistic practice in Mexico. At the time of the founding of La Mascara, nothing in the objectives, purposes and methodology was new; on the contrary, throughout the 20th century, independent theater in Latin America was guided by similar guidelines: to consolidate a group of Artists capable of producing by their own means a diverse repertoire, without relying on an entrepreneur or producer, who were outside the artistic interests, nor subordinate to the cultural policies of the State.
The seed of a new group settled in San José on January 10,1983. Like all the beginnings, this one was full of passion, dreams, hopes and much, much work. The idea was to infect young artists with the proposal of consolidating a group that produced national, Latin American and universal repertoire works, to carry out extension work to have closeness with the communities of the whole country, to congregate other artists in the project of creation, No longer very long term, have a room, not only for the performance, but open for musicians, dancers, plastic artists and actors training. Through daily work, without resting and jumping any obstacle. EVERYTHING came true. In 1988, on the fifth anniversary, when La mask opened the doors of its theater for 220 spectators, it already had a repertoire for children, youth and adults with which had performed a thousand functions on tour. Immediately, a space was set up for exhibition and immediately presented works by talented young artists, and some of long career as Zulay Soto and Migdelia Acosta, a guitar duo inaugurated the project of Integration of artistic diversity, and shortly after Rogelio Lopez and Danza Universitaria premiered the show "40 times a year". Two years later, with the collaboration of the Municipality of San José, he began the project "Research and experimentation of the Performing Arts" with the participation of David Vargas, Manuel Monestel and Rogelio López as guest artists.
Through the years, the desire and passion for the work have not been extinguished, they grow day by day in a changing theatrical medium with abundant offer in its billboard. More than three decades speak of the strength and adaptation of a solid artistic proposal and show that it is still current and standing.

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