|Miguel Ángel Rodriguez, Andrés Franco and Ariadnalí de La Peña in Kikiricaja. Photo by Alejandro Montalvo.|
Kikiricaja Director Raymundo Garduño founded Inmigrantes Teatro in 2005 and serves as artistic director. The company made its debut with the play Naufragios (Shipwreck). Its other productions include the improv show, Los Improductivos (The Improductives), and Inmolación (Immolation). Inmolación was selected by Centro Cultural Tijuana as part of its Education Series Program and represented Baja California in the 2012 International Borders Theatre Festival and at the 2013 FESARES Baja California State Theatre Festival. Earlier this year, Inmigrantes Teatro presented Kikiricaja at La Jolla Playhouse.
We talked with Garduño to find out more about Inmigrantes Teatro and the show that comes to SCR's Nicholas Studio June 18-21:
Because, curiously, most of our founding members are immigrants. That is, none of us were born in Tijuana. The name also inspires a feeling of a traveler. We always wanted to tour our work as well. Hence, the name.
Why do shows for young audiences?
We always thought that a child’s first experience should be the best one. We aspire to create audiences by giving to children and youth good theatrical experiences that will always make them come back.
Was Inmigrantes Teatro the first to perform Kikiricaja?
Kikiricaja is the result of a collaboration with Teatro Paraíso, one of the most important theatre companies for young audiences in Spain (and Europe). They already had produced the play in the ‘80s. I invited them to perform at a theatre festival for children that I produce every year. I became good friends with the company and, when we were looking for a script to produce, Teatro Paraíso’s director suggested Kikiricaja. Now we are the only company in the world with exclusive rights to produce it.
What lessons can be learned from Kikiricaja?
I always thought that Kikiricaja was a play about friendship, about the courage of having a friend. I don’t think that the function of children's theatre isn't to teach or lecture, much less theatre for young audiences. To me, theatre should be a moving experience, a way to tell a story. What each person gains from that experience, or the way they reflect on it, may be the result of how well we tell a moving story. But I do think that Kikiricaja is a moving tale of friendship.
What makes you most proud about your theatre company?
I think that our success in disseminating our work has made me proud—first in performing our work outside of our state and, then outside of our country. We also have a commitment to the audiences for whom our work is targeted: young people. It is not an easy job to work for children and youth, and I think we do it with lots of ethic and, most importantly respect, for them.
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