Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral
June 18, 2021
Co-sponsored by El Centro—Hispanic and Latinx Cultural Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center
Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music, and a three-person narrative, Andares reveals the extraordinary spirit of Mexico’s remote corners and the astonishing pathways of its humblest of inhabitants. With a live musician and inspired actors, this profound play shines a light on a range of realities — land usurpation, widespread violence, community resistance — that Indigenous people face at the crossroads of modern life and tradition.
Dominique Polanco, Ph.D., assistant professor of Latin American Art History and Culture in the Department of Religion and Culture, wrote an essay as part of a series of writings by Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and community members that contextualize Moss Arts Center visiting artist performances.
Go a little further with this piece examining the colonial history of Mexico.
Three characters detail stories of Indigenous youth growing up in rural Mexico. At times hopeful, other times heartbreaking, they navigate cultural changes and its effects on their families. The work is performed in Spanish and Indigenous languages with English supertitles.
About Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral
Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral is a theatre company dedicated to creating original works currently centered on the narratives and theatricalities of Mexico’s Indigenous people, touching themes of social, cultural, and human value with keen, artistic sensibility. Meaning “wayfarer” in the language of the Wixarika people, Makuyeika was formed after an extensive search across the country’s Indigenous communities, a project undertaken by Héctor Flores Komatsu as an inaugural recipient of the Julie Taymor World Theatre Fellowship.
Komatsu’s work has been presented in New York City at the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar, and Destinos Festival with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (U.S.), Wuzhen Theatre Festival (China), Santiago a Mil (Chile), Thalia Theatre (Germany), and in villages, festivals, and cities across Mexico. In addition to serving as artistic director of Makuyeika, Komatsu is a recent recipient of the Jóvenes Creadores grant by the National Fund for the Culture and Arts (FONCA) in Mexico and a fellow at Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
This is Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral's first performance at the Moss Arts Center.