I have arrived in Lima, City of kings.  Or so they use to call,  “La ciudad de Los Reyes” in the years when the colonizing Spanish came, jtook and stole,  and built a walled city by one of the best natural ports in the world, the port of Callao.  Today I will go to meet with Ana Correa, one of the original members of Grupo Yuyachkani, Lima’s most important theatre, and not incidentally, the longest continually operating professional theatre in South American.  This is their 40th Anniversary year., and they are doing important work in the continual process of reconciliation, truth, ands recovering from the decades of Shining Path terror, but also work with kids, the  writings of Peruvian Jose Maria Arguedas (His Deep River is a magnificent novel that is begging to made into a film or stage story–think Grapes of Wrath, or Cry! The Beloved Country, THAT good a novel).  She will be one of my research focus points for my time here…watching her work, watching the company rehearse, researching in the company’s archives,  and helping me understand the nature of her leadershoping in this performance-rich culture.  I travel to. The national archives tomorrow and will have more to write soon.


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