Does a place where you can watch opera, theatre, tango and take part in improvisation, acting, and yoga classes exist? If you live in Buenos Aires it does! Head on down to Villa Luro on Juan B. Justo and you too could take part in Shakespearian acting for beginners, followed by a yoga class, and then maybe catch a performance of Antonio and Cleopatra. Add to this the fact that everything is free in a unique ‘pop-up’ replica of London’s The Globe Theatre and you’ve got yourself a plan.
Patricio Orozco conceptualised the idea and brought the moving structure to life for the first time in February 2013 in the Parque Mujeres in Costanera Sur to kick off the III Shakespeare Festival of Buenos Aires. The goal is to incorporate spectators into a new theatrical experience, where participants can take part in plays and other activities. This is the same concept introduced to Elizabethan theatres in the 1600s, where William Shakespeare re-enacted his scripts and invited the audience to take part in their realisation.
Upon entering the pop-up theatre, it is immediately clear that the structure of the space allows the public to feel at ease in taking part in various activities, ensuring everyone gets a chance to dabble in the fine art of improvisation, acting, and other courses without feeling intimidated. It really does evoke the feeling that “all the world’s a stage.”
The courses and shows are targeted to both adults and children alike. Not feeling too confident with your Spanish-speaking skills? Why not take part in the improvisation classes where your body and facial expressions do all the work? A great way to meet new people and have some serious laughs while learning the great skill of improv. Part of the session involves understanding how self-criticism can destroy the ability to improvise – so leave your inhibitions and self-critiques at the door and let your creativity take over.
Unwind with a yoga class on Wednesday and if you take theatre a bit more seriously, there are also some courses on cinema, theatre, and narrative writing. The current head-lining theatre production is Shakespeare’s Antonio and Cleopatra running every Saturday and Sunday night, while tango, music, and other theatre shows change weekly.
Teatro Shakespeare aims to create union, harmony, and a meeting space to share the joys of this style of theatre, brought to life more than 400 years ago. The concept is truly unique and the quality of the shows and courses is excellent, making Teatro Shakespeare a new ‘go-to’ place for interactive experiences and a bit of weekend culture.
Teatro Shakespeare will hold courses and shows in Villa Luro, on Avenida Juan B. Justo 8500 until 1st December. For more information visit http://www.teatroshakespeare.com.