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What’s on in the winter holidays

By Veronica Stewart
For the Herald

It’s that time of year when kids take over Buenos Aires’ cultural scene — here’s a look at some of the choice offerings this season


It’s that time of the year again. The winter holidays begin this weekend and the hundreds of theatres and museums that make up the cultural tapestry of Buenos Aires are about to be swiftly taken over by children with a host of plays, workshops and concerts targeted to the whole family.

The big cultural centres, such as the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Centro Cultural Kirchner, stand out in this year’s programming with a varied and complete offer of activities for children every age. However, smaller venues and independent theatre companies are also putting on shows that have become, after years of continuous success, staples of the winter holidays. From workshops and plays to music shows, here’s a look at what the city has to offer for the little ones this Winter.

Theatre

Mi amiga, la oscuridad, on for its fifth season at Teatro Ciego, is a show put on in complete darkness. The play tells the story of Clarity and Darkness, daughters of King Sun and Queen Moon, and the goal is to help the audience — ages four and up — make their peace with darkness. After five years, it continues to be one of the most original activities for children out there.

For a more classical approach to theatre, two plays are premièring these winter holidays. La casa embrujada features Tito and Coloso, two extravagant characters who must face the dangers that lie in the dark depths of the enchanted forest, while La magia es jugar uses a tale of time travel as an excuse to do all sorts of magic tricks, with a healthy dose of humour. Both plays will be put on at the Auditorio CENDAS, and the latter was awarded a prize at the International Magic Contest in 2011.

The mythical Boedo theatre Timbre 4 is putting on, courtesy of Compañía Coco Liso, two plays for babies aged six months to three years old. In Olas de papel and Tatán, toddlers can enjoy a few minutes of playtime with the actors after the play is over. A la luna en un barquito, also on at Timbre 4, tells the story of a sailor who wants to be an astronaut and, in a similar science fiction tone,De la tierra al espacio exterior is inspired by a novel by Jules Verne. The critically acclaimed Los fantasmas de Florencio, on at Teatro Carlos Carella, tells the story of a playwright who’s running out of a time to write his new play, dooming the theatre to close its doors forever. With a very meta display and approach, it has been celebrated for stimulating children’s creativity. Finally, El reino de María Elena Walsh at Teatro Ludé will evoque Walsh’s greatest musical hits when the dolls and toys in Euge’s room come to life and begin to sing.

Workshops

The Fine Arts Museum is offering three workshops for kids. One, called Art and movement, stands out in particular: it involves painting a huge mural over the façade of the Amigos del Bellas Artes building right around the corner, taking Luis Felipe Noé’s work — on display at the museum now — as inspiration. The other two workshops will also be centred on Noé’s work, and will help kids not only paint but also understand his pieces in more depth.

In a very hands-on approach, the Palais de Glace offers workshops that range from making music videos by screening their drawings as Charly García’s music is playing to making fanzines, writing lyrics and even making your own instruments.

In a very similar tone, the Club Cultural Matienzo is launching Invernautas, a creative lab of sorts which offers several workshops for children aged six to 12. Out of all the activities offered, the ones that stand out involve making robots, shooting a horror short film and taking photographs.

Workshops not only for children but also for teenagers abound at the Centro Cultural Recoleta. Said activities involve writing and performing spoken word poetry, acting, making comics, dancing and drawing with different techniques.

The CCK, on the other hand, is more about art in general and animation techniques specifically, as well as offering interactive displays such as that by Isol Misenta and Juan Pablo Zaramella’s character, The Smallest Man in the World.

Last but not least, the Casa Victoria Ocampo, open only on Saturdays and Sundays, features a toy-making workshop, one on puppets and one dedicated to experimenting with different fabrics, among others.

Concerts and shows

The mythical jazz bar Bebop is opening its doors for the little ones in one of this season’s most original activities. Micky Mousing, as the cycle is called, features original short films by Walt Disney from the 30s, while a jazz band performs live, thus allowing kids to peek into a different era of the beloved studio’s history.

The CCK is also offering a show about a legendary character with a twist. With the National Symphony Orchestra playing as soundtrack, Osqui Guzmán is narrating the story of Babar, the elephant from Brunhoff’s famous picture book from the 1930s. Other music shows at the CCK feature groups such as Rayos y Centellas, Vuelta Canela and Mariana Baraj, among others.

The Teatro Colón, for its part, is presenting Viaje al centro de la música, which goes over every instrument that makes up the orchestra and Las aventuras de Pipo, a music show inspired by the work of writer Aldo Maranca.

El Tinglado will welcome Pequeño Pez with their new show Orquesta Papelones, made up of music, clown and theatre. Furthermore, the renowned group Cuanticuénticos are coming all the way from Santa Fe to put on their show El monstruo de la laguna, with the usual huyanos, cumbias and chacareras, offering a complete range of Latin American sounds.

Finally, when it comes to circus performers, Circo Rodas and Circo Vértigo stand out among the programming. Circo Rodas, on at Parque Avellaneda, has been around for 35 years, while Circo Vértigo, on at IMPA La fábrica cultural, is premièring its second season these winter holidays. The International Festival of Puppets Al Sur is already a classic, now up for its seventh edition. Put forth by Grupo de Teatro Catalinas Sur, the various shows that make up the festival will feature casts from all over the world, including Norway, Uruguay, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland, among others.

Children’s book fair

For the first time ever, the children’s book fair is taking place in three different venues: the CCK, Tecnópolis and Centro Cultural Dardo Rocha. Aside from selling books from all kinds of publishing houses, be the big or small, the book fair is also offering a variety of activities related to literature and art in general for kids. These include many instances of storytelling, music shows, writing workshops, book presentations and creative experiments and games. There will even be a workshop teaching children ages six and up all about equality and discrimination regarding gender and sexual diversity. Many of the shows offered are interactive, and the whole of the fair expects children to actively participate and reflect about what they’re seeing. Every activity is thought out for an audience aged 6 to 99, so adults are more than welcome to join in too.


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