Through the dark humor, live music, stylized text and fantastical images of Buffoon Theatre, UMO Ensemble's El Dorado reveals the spirit of conquest and domination that has flavored the European settling of the Americas for five centuries.
El Dorado focuses on the Spanish Conquistador's quest for the legendary "Kingdom of Gold" in the Americas. In the play, a clutch of buffoons direct their unbridled energies into a revisitation of this quest, searching ruthlessly for the city of El Dorado, its secrets and treasures.
An original work, El Dorado was created by UMO in the style of European "Buffoon Theatre". Buffoons are fantastical, irreverent creatures, derived from the outcasts of medieval society. Much like the traditional court jester, buffoons play at humanity, mocking our follies, casting knowing glances at our obsession with power. With El Dorado, UMO Ensemble brings this highly engaging, acrobatic and colorful form of theatre to North America.
WHAT THE PRESS SAY:
"El Dorado is fools gold!" San Francisco Examiner
"El Dorado is the consummate theatre experience." Regional News, Victoria.
"...a feast for the eyes and the mind, a magical history tour...a show that crackles with originality."
"UMO's eloquent use of costumes, body and voice in an empty space is simply masterful...it is the kind of show you could watch for hours and never get bored."
The Stage, London.
"...so fantastical that you can't turn away." Seattle PI