Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Barranquilla "breathes theatre"
Before leaving for Columbia I didn't know what to expect, but after coming back I can say with all honestly that my expectations were more than met. The people working the festival of Enitbar (Encuentro Nacional y Internacional Teatro de Barranquilla) were amazing individuals. From the moment we arrived they really took us under their wing and made us feel safe. I can not begin to express how much gratitude I feel towards every one of them. They made our trip comfortable and allowed us to see the true spirit of Barranquilla. It is hard for me to pick a favorite moment from the trip, but one that stands out in my mind is dancing to the music of a group in Barranquilla and learning their traditional Columbian dances. Not only was it a learning experience, but also a truly fun time. Not one person sat down. Everyone just got up, let go of any inhibitions, and simply danced! To me this sums up the culture of Barranquilla. They say that Barranquilla "breathes theatre" and I most definitely felt this breath while there. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I will be forever greatful to all those who supported us and made this trip possible. Thank you.
"Verde que te quiero verde, green as I would have you be. "