A Fes­ti­val of the Per­for­ming Arts

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Every two years, Pa­na­ma City be­co­mes a hu­ge thea­ter. For a little lon­ger than a week, the fi­nest con­tem­po­rary dan­cers and per­for­ming ac­tors from around the world hudd­le in the na­tion’s ca­pi­tal

The In­ter­na­tio­nal Fes­ti­val of the Per­for­ming Arts (FAE is the Spa­nish acronym) can be cons­trued as a ge­nui­ne sta­ge bash that co­mes around every two years ar­med with the la­test thea­tri­cal trends and pre­sen­ta­tions of the ti­mes.

The fes­ti­val is an in­de­pen­dent ar­tis­tic and cul­tu­ral event, mas­ter­min­ded and im­ple­men­ted by En­ri­que Qui­na, and reali­zed with the ef­forts of a bunch of pro­du­cers, cul­tu­ral ac­ti­vists and thea­ter-re­la­ted peo­ple.

The fes­ti­val’s first edi­tion, back in 2004, used the Bal­boa and Ani­ta Vi­lla­laz Thea­ter as the main ve­nue, co­ming to the Na­tio­nal Thea­ter a couple of years la­ter, in 2006. Ho­we­ver, two ot­her ma­jor cul­tu­ral ins­ti­tu­tions –“La Ca­sa de las Bru­jas” (The Wit­ches Hou­se) and the Cat­he­dral Squa­re- al­so hos­ted the event.

Last April, the la­test edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tio­nal Fes­ti­val of the Per­for­ming Arts put thea­tri­cal groups from Ar­gen­ti­na, Cu­ba, Spain, Co­lom­bia, Cos­ta Ri­ca, Bra­zil, Me­xi­co, the U.S., Uru­guay and from the turf on the sta­ge li­me­light.

In ad­di­tion to the pos­si­bi­lity of en­jo­ying ex­cep­tio­nal pre­sen­ta­tions from tho­se groups, this year’s event in­clu­ded chat ses­sions, master les­sons on dan­cing and a num­ber of works­hops on vo­cal per­for­man­ce, mo­ve­ments and ac­ting.

To­day, FAE is by far one of the most am­bi­tious cul­tu­ral pro­jects Pa­na­ma has to of­fer. The event has qua­lity, in­ter­na­tio­nal le­vel and po­ten­tial to pro­gres­si­vely be­co­me one of the most im­por­tant of­fe­rings that could help put the country on the map as a sough­taf­ter tra­vel des­ti­na­tion for both lo­cal and fo­reign tou­rists.

The 2010 edi­tion of FAE has al­ready been sum­mo­ned for lo­vely Pa­na­ma City, a pla­ce whe­re the per­for­ming arts and dan­cing will on­ce again enth­rall the pu­blic with ar­tis­tic pre­sen­ta­tions from near and fa­ra­way cor­ners of the pla­net.

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