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Corazón del Espantapájaros

 creator + performer 

Corazón del espantapájaros (Heart of the Scarecrow) is the third iteration of a serial project that explores the historical reverberations of Guatemalan playwright Hugo Carillo's 1962 script El corazón del espantapájaros (The Scarecrow's Heart) and its oblique interpretation by students at El teatro de la Universidad Popular de Guatemala in 1975. The students' highly stylized satirical portrayal of juridical archetypes provoked one of the most severe censorships of the arts during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996).Working with a contemporary interpretation of the play by Guatemalan poet Wingston González, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the “scarecrow” and the “heart” in terms of their beauty and their power. His work serves as a meditation on the endurance of art; the role it can play in times of unrest; the political power of education; and the long-term effects of censorship on bodies, geography and culture. In an act that brings the project back to its historical roots, students of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts will stage additional performances inspired by Carillo, Gonzalez and Ramírez-Figueroa’s work.

Main Installation and Performance by Naufus Ramírez Figueroa

Additional Installation and Performance by Sena Cagla, Arthi Chandra, Howard Dai, Logan Hallwas, Maria Escolan, Hilary Leung, Hannah Meyers, Avery Taylor, Montserrat Videla Samper, and Ryer Wang

Documentation by Han Pham

January 17- March 9, 2019
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Audain Gallery


January 24-25, 2019
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Audain Gallery


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