Indagación sobre la forma de los milagros
(Investigation on the shape of miracles)
radio documentary, 61'
In 1972 the Teatro del Parque Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia, until then used for puppet shows for children, was occupied and turned into a communist and anarchist Commune. Many Colombian puppeteers began their career in that context, and within that political climate. This documentary collects their voices.
As in a detective investigation, the narrative traces the steps of a traditional puppet character, el espiritado. Such puppet was supposedly inspired by a real event: in the 50s in a Colombian village, a man shot a policeman dead, and then always asserted not to remember having done it. This became a legendary episode for the anarchist movement in Latin America.
Along the development of the vocal texture, latent connections take shape between sleepwalking, anarchy, miracles and puppeteering.
With: Cesar Alvarez Escobar, Ivan Alvarez Escobar, Mauricio Bejarano, Beatriz Caballero, Ivan Cardozo, Rebeca Castro, Fabio Correa, Ligia Guzmán de Durán, Camilo de la Espriella, Mauricio Galeano, Jaime Manzur, Liliana Martin, Sergio Murillo, Mari Olarte, Carlos José Reyes, Magdalena Rodríguez, Gabriel Vanegas.
Produced in collaboration with Fonoteca de Radio Nacional de Colombia
and Programa Red de Residencias Artísticas - Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Thanks to Santiago Mojica, Carol Sabbadini, Victoria Sanchez
Recorded and edited in Bogotá
Riccardo Giacconi, 2012