Hamelin 2010

Venue: George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place)
Season: Thursday, July 15 to Sunday, July 26, 2010
Shows: Thursday to Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm 

Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

NewTeatro Theatre Company proudly presents Hamelin, performed in Spanish with English surtitles, by celebrated contemporary Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga and direction by Venezuelan director Francisco Orta.

Montero, a judge, receives a phone call on a Wednesday afternoon while on duty. It’s Gonzalo, an 18 years old who accuses a wealthy businessman of being the head of a pederasty network, in which Josemari, Gonzalo’s brother, could be one of the victims. While engaging with tremendous dedication to this case, Montero’s personal life at home with his wife and son suffers due to his absence. Hamelin is one of the most controversial and avant-garde plays written by Mayorga. The author speaks out on behalf of children who most of the time seems to be unheard. Furthermore, Hamelin is a beautiful ode to language and a metaphor to the known story of the pied piper who saved the city from rats. This piece will transport us to the old days of Sophocles, Shakespeare or Calderon when using only words and the complicity of the audience; the scenario is magically converted in a city invaded by a plague, a tempestuous ocean or a castle. Each performance will be accompanied by a special choreography based on the play with infusions of Butoh dance.

NewTeatro believes that with the bodies, they’ll be able to communicate to everyone regardless of spoken language, enhancing the audiences’ experience. Toronto will be the scenario of the Canadian premier after being presented in over 13 countries so far. Hamelin uniqueness will expose the audience to Hispanic Theatre while featuring a cast of returning NewTeatro actors along with new talent under the forward-thinking direction of Orta.

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Julio Ospina
Rivas / Josemari

Julio Ospina began his career at a very young age. His first performance on-stage was with the opera “Carmen” as part of the street kids’ choir. He starts acting school  in 2005 at the University del Valle in Cali, Colombia under the direction of Ma Zhengong, Alejandro Gonzales Puche, and Canadian Everett Dixon, all of them graduated from the Russian academy of arts GITIS. He has worked in different productions such as “Roberto Zucco” playing Roberto, “Ashes to Ashes” from Pinter and most recently he debuted in Toronto with two plays from Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca: “Blood wedding” (Leonardo) and “The house of Bernarda Alba” (Magdalena). Currently, He attends to the theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto where last year he wrote, developed and co-starred an acrobatic piece with no text as part of an investigation for an independent student production. He also takes in-camera acting classes and audition technique classes with award winner actor and director Walter Alza. He is working with NewTeatro since last year controversial “The house of Bernarda Alba”. This year he will be playing Rivas and Josemari in the recurring NewTeatro’s production, Hamelin

Letticia Recalde

Letticia Recalde

Christian Aduna

Currently, Christian Aduna is attending his last high school year at The Art School @ Marrocco where he has been involved with the drama program since 10th grade. In 2006, he debuted with NewTeatro with the children play “The Adventures of Uncle Tiger and Aunt Rabbit” under the direction of Francisco Orta. He played “Andre’s mom” a monolog in the presentation of “Noche de Teatro III” Christian has also appeared in  various music videos. In 2010, he returned to NewTeatro to be part of Hamelin performed in Spanish and now for the second season, which will be his first English play.  He is young with a lot of dreams and ambitions, being one of them to work in TV.

Luis Enrique
Debora Demestre
Luis Rojas
Margarita Rigo
Francisco Orta

Francisco has a long history with the arts with special focus in theatre, with studies in Venezuela, Spain and most recently, Canada. Since his arrival in Canada in Dec. 2005, has been actively working on establishing himself as an active theatre artist. The first year he decided to broad his acting knowledge by enrolling at The Toronto Film School where he focused his attention on acting for camera. In addition, he took classes at The Professional Actors Lab and flamenco classes with Esmeralda Enrique. At the same, in 2006, Francisco founded NewTeatro Theatre Company with the specific purpose of promoting Latin American theatre and opening a space for new talents. To date, he has directed and produced plays such as Divorcees, Evangelists, and Vegetarians, The Deceased Woman and The Adventures of Uncle Tiger and Aunt Rabbit, appearing in the latter two. In 2009 was the turn for the highly acclaimed The House of Bernarda of Bernarda Alba and in 2010 the modern piece Hamelin, 1st piece fully performed in Spanish with English Surtitles; project that was awarded by the Toronto Arts Council. Currently we are re-mastering Hamelin for 2011 with a totally new approach and partial cast. Francisco also appeared at the Hispanic Fest 2007 with his mime character Antonio

Francisco has collaborated with DramaWay, a theatre company that addresses the needs of challenged teens. He has held acting classes for children at the Spanish School Center in Etobicoke. In 2007 Francisco and his company were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Association of Hispanic-Canadian Teachers (APH-C) for contributing to the promotion and enhancement of the Spanish language in the city.

Christopher Sawchyn
Choreographer and Musical Director

Christopher Sawchyn has been active in the industry for over twenty years. As an actor, singer, dancer & physical comedian he has performed both live and onscreen in Canada, the US & overseas.
As a teacher, he has been on the faculty of both the Toronto Film School since 2005 and the new acting program at Seneca College since its 2009 inception. Christopher’s been instrumental in creating structure for both programs. He has taught Acting, Movement, Clown, Improv & Stage Combat both to actors as well as animators. Christopher has introduced VIEWPOINTS to both curriculums with much success.

Additionally, he’s taught theatre arts for CanStage, DramaWay & the ISB in Brussels, Belgium. Christopher has taught workshops from Edmonton, AB. to Cornwall, ON. and was recently a teaching artist with Join the Dance Canada for several years. A founding member of Teatro Scaramouche,
Christopher has joined his fellow artists in bringing original productions and workshops to high school students in the GTA.

Mr. Sawchyn has been an associate artist for New Teatro since its inception and has enjoyed a few seasons with Mirador Productions as Director and Choreographer. Other choreography credits include the companies’ Rogue & Peasant and The Specials.

Currently, Christopher is directing/choreographing a musical comedy for the Toronto Fringe called A Depper Kind of Love (Kat & the MP3 productions) and, yes, it’s about Johnny Depp.

Olga Barrios
Invited Choreographer