Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo celebrating ten years collecting the best of the performing arts in Colombia and the world
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo celebrates ten years of creation as one of the most important areas cultural life in Bogota and Colombia . The Mayor and Estudio theaters have hosted the most outstanding dance, theater and music shows and have contributed to the formation of new audiences through their social programs, such as Teatro Digital and #Tetropedia. The Theater also performs the Bogotá International Classical Music Festival every odd year and is part of the network of the most important stages in Latin America.
Since May 26, 2010, when it opened with a concert starring the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, the soprano María Alejandres, the tenor Juan José Lopera, the bass baritone Valeriano Lanchas, the Colombian Opera Choir and the Choral Society Santa Cecilia, the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo has established itself as a first-class stage in the country and in the region, thanks to excellent programming in which the best artists in the world and Colombia dialogue and with a diversity that It lives up to the best scenarios.
In this first decade, the Teatro Mayor has performed 1,536 performances, in which have participated 35,063 artists from 957 companies from 66 countries. These figures are complemented by the work of its social programs, with which the Theater seeks to broaden the impact of its programming and generate an inclusive offer, thus contributing to the development of society through culture and the arts. In this way, the Teatro Mayor has reached the figure of 19,066,530 beneficiaries, among those attending its rooms, users of Teatro Digital, its digital broadcast program, and viewers of the broadcasts of its shows on Canal Capital.
The celebration of these ten years will take place virtually, starting on May 25 with a marathon on theplatform Teatro Digital, which, from 8am until the end of the day, will broadcast a selection of its best shows, which will be chosen by the public through a survey to be carried out on the theater’s social networks. In addition, on May 26 the Theater will have a digital strategy with greetings from the great artists and multimedia content that will remember the best moments in its history. On May 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Colombia, the talk “Education and culture in digital times” will also be held through the theater’s website https://www.teatromayor.org/
MARATHON PROGRAM MAY 25
08:00 Los Fi, musical and family show from Chile.
09:30 Monsier Periné FIlarmónico, concert.
11:30 Celui qui tombe, contemporary dance.
12:30 Opera El Barbero de Sevilla.
15:30 Stuttgart Bach-Akademie, concert.
17:00 María Pages Company.
18:30 Ojo de Agua, dance.
21:00 Opera Don Giovanni.
The Mayor’s Office of Bogotá, through the Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Sport and IDARTES and the Santo Domingo family, together with their allies Bancolombia, SURA, the Ministry of Culture, the Chamber of Commerce; the private co-managers Caracol Televisión and Cine Colombia, and foundations such as Ramírez Moreno, form a public-private alliance that administers and manages the Theater, which is part of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Public Library Cultural Center. The cultural center, which is complemented by the mega library that is part of the District’s public library network, was designed by the architect Daniel Bermúdez.
The Mayor and Estudio theaters have hosted the most outstanding musical, lyrical, dance and theater organizations in the world, among which the following stand out: The great mass of the Leipziger Ballet (2011), Dionysos, Syncope and Bolero of the Béjart Ballet Laussane, Switzerland (2012); Giselle, from the Dutch National Ballet, The Netherlands (2013); the National Ballet of Spain, with the direction of Antonio Najarro (2016); Tristan and Isolde from the Ballet du Grand Théâtre De Genève, Switzerland (2019), the Odin Teatret, from Denmark (2011 and 2015); actor John Malkovich with his work The Infernal Comedy (2011), and Daniel Barenboim & The Westeastern Divan Orchestra, who starred in the first presentation of an international orchestra in August 2010.
Precisely, one of the most outstanding lines of the theater’s program is the SURA-Grandes Harmony band Concerts, which have had some of the most important groups on the world classical music scene, such as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, led by Gustavo Dudamel; the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kent Nagano; the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with its famous conductor Zubin Mehta; the London Symphony Orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle, and the Mariinsky Orchestra of Russia and its conductor Valery Gergiev (2020).
With the aim of encouraging and continuing the training of audiences in lyrical montages of the symphonic repertoire of universal composers, the Theater has presented large-format shows such as Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny, co-production with the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires and the Municipal de Santiago de Chile (2018); The Knight of the Rose, which performed with the Colombian Opera, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and the Municipal de Santiago, and a modern version of Don Giovanni, with the Bogota Philharmonic. The first great lyrical production of the Theater was the cantata Carmina Burana (2013), together with the group L’Explose, which has become a box office success in all the seasons it has performed. The piece was even staged at the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima (Peru).
Since its foundation, one of its main objectives of the Theater is to support national creation through co-productions and stimuli, which in this way make the performing arts of the whole country known and make possible the processes of education, updating and improvement of the Colombian artists. Between 2010 and 2020,have been trained 27 co-productions with Colombian theater and dance companies, in which the Teatro Mayor has made an economic contribution of 1,133 million pesos.
Camilo, from the La Candelaria Theater; Honey is sweeter than blood, by L’Explose Danza; SacrifiXio / The Consecration of Peace, from The College of the Body; Of talking combs and other oddities, by Umbral Teatro; The Curse of the Blind King, by Teatro Tierra;The Loneliness of the Supreme, by Ensamblaje Teatro, and the Diptych fatal Neocostumbrista Drama, from La Maldita Vanidad, are some of the dance and theater pieces that have been created thanks to the co-production program of the Teatro Mayor.
In addition to being a brand of excellence in the capital for the shows it has presented, the theater has also created a series of events such as the Fado Festival, the Tango Festival and the Bogotá International Classical Music Festival. The latter was born to strengthen the recognition granted by UNESCO to Bogotá as the Capital of the Republic as a Creative City of Music and is carried out every odd year. Its purpose is to offer a deep look at the work of a composer or of an era of music and it has already been in four editions: Bogotá is Beethoven (2013), Bogotá is Mozart (2015), Bogotá is Romantic Russia (2017) and Bogotá is Brahms, Schubert, Schumann (2019). In 2021, the festival will be held Bogota is Baroque- Bach, Händel, Vivaldi.
In addition to its artistic excellence, the Teatro Mayor has promoted social programs such as Cien Mil Niños al Mayor, which has enabled more than 250,000 children from Bogotá’s public schools to discover the different artistic languages at the Teatro Mayor through a program of various shows. This initiative has allowed access to culture and cultural assets to children and young people from vulnerable areas of the city and neighboring municipalities.
The platform Teatro Digital, which was created with Bancolombia, aims to democratize culture and provide the public with a free experience by broadcasting high-quality shows in video and sound through a platform streaming. During this time of quarantine, Teatro Digital has released a new show every Thursday to accompany the public in isolation.
In alliance with SURA, the Teatropedia program is carried out, which offers the possibility of getting to know in depth the work of prominent artists and the processes of creating the best shows through a series of various digital contents. Thanks to the work of a varied team of professionals, animations, texts and videos are created, among other materials, on dance, theater and music productions, with the aim of allowing viewers to acquire more tools to enjoy their encounter with the arts. scenic. On the other hand, the Link Up program has been developed with the Carnegie Hall in New York for children to get started in music.
In December of last year, the Dance Company of Teatro Mayor was born through the Alma en Movimiento social program, aimed at the improvement and technical updating of young professional dancers. This project has two components: the seedbed for young dancers, which promotes and incubates the best young talent in dance, and the community outreach module, which encourages creativity, empowerment and integration through dance and movement.
Canal Capital is the official channel of the Theater and has been one of the allies during this decade, making more than 100 broadcasts of shows that have been presented on this stage.
The Theater has also tended for networking and belongs to associations such as OLA Ópera Latinoamérica, made up of around 40 theaters, companies and festivals in the region with the aim of promoting and promoting lyrical art. Every year it holds an annual meeting with the main objective of evaluating the possibility of member theaters working together. In 2018 the Colombian stage was the venue for this event.