VOICES OF WATER: THE GHOST THEATER OF THE HEROIC PORT OF TAMPICO
For the 5º Teatro para el Fin del Mundo Festival in 2015, Stultifera Navis conducted a process of research and production of Hauntologies in the city and port of Tampico, Tamaulipas, northeast of Mexico. In 2016 the organization continued this research within the Active Circuits program, with a predominant scenic orientation.
During the first half of the 20th century, the city and port of Tampico became a center of economic and industrial development of first-order in the Latin American context. The discovery of oil extraction wells in the 'Faja de Oro' region, as well as the different waves of immigration, gave the city a vibrant and attractive cultural vitality for travelers from all over the world. Its reputation as a center of musical production and its architectural appeal earned it the nickname of the "Mexican New Orleans".
Due its strategic location, Tampico became the main port for the arrival of countless internationally known characters; from John Huston, Humprey Bogart or Lev Davidovich Bronstein 'Trotsky'. In recent decades, the port of Tampico has been affected by natural disasters, the violence associated with the drug traffic that plagues northern Mexico and the voracious depredation of its historical buildings and heritage, erasing the testimony of those times.
Activity that belongs to the cycle Hauntologies. A Hauntology is a spectral event. It is the appearance of a ghost, not as repetition or recreation of the past, but as the staging of a presence that challenges the living in the present. It is a historical event; it is also a theatrical experience.
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