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Teen musical debuts on la TV pública

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Just for Gleeks?

Teen soap used to be the realm of Telefé Channel 11 and América TV Channel 11 (remember Rebelde Way? and LaLola?), but now State-run La TV Pública Channel 7 seems bound to take over. Indeed, the new teen-oriented soap Señales del fin del mundo — created by international producer Yair Dori — makes its début today at 7pm.
Formatted as a musical with a conventional narrative about the existential and amorous preoccupations of a group of teen friends — some shy and timid, others straightforward and assertive — Señales del fin del mundo takes place at an arts school in the small town of Laguna Deseada.
“It was the stamina of these kids — some of them four or five years my junior — that prompted me to accept the lead in Señales del fin del mundo,” says actor Santiago Ramundo. “They’re all talented and enjoy singing and dancing,” he adds.
An all-around performer — he’s a composer, singer and actor — Ramundo has just finished playing the role of Ciro, a young man infatuated with the beautiful, unattainable Rocío Igarzábal on the successful soap Dulce amor (Telefé).
“I was really willing to do something different (from Dulce amor) when the opportunity came to star in Señales del fin del mundo, which we have been working on since August,” says Ramundo, quite enthusiastic about the soap’s début.
Señales de amor, the narrative thread of which is pinpointed by song and dance numbers, focuses on Cata (Micaela Riera), a bright young girl who moves in with her father (Federico D’Elía) to the old family home in Laguna Deseada.
As fate will have it, Cata must adapt to new circumstances and new friends, including, of course, a handsome boy, Damián (Ramundo), whom everyone seems to have a crush on. Not unlike Glee’s Rachel and Finn, Cata’s and Damián’s love of music and dance will inspire their fellow students to take to the performing arts.
Thus far, Señales del fin del mundo seems to follow a traditional narrative pattern, but the soap departs from conventional formats with the sudden, unexpected arrival of twins Adrián and Leo (José and Juan Areco), who have been cloned in another dimension.
They are technology savvy, but devoid of human empathy. It is through music and dance that they will become truly human, thus proving the transforming capacity of art.

—Herald with Télam
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