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Corporación Humor y Vida

Theatre

South America, Ecuador

Corporación Humor y Vida [‘humor and life’] is composed of women artists from Ecuador and Colombia. They work on the contested borderlands between their two countries, an area frequently used for illegal crossings and also by guerrilla fighters.  

Because of the colonial past and prejudices against indigenous culture, many in these two countries regard homebirth as primitive. As a result, Ecuador has the highest number of caesarian deliveries in the Americas, which have become lucrative activities for hospitals. Humor is used as a way to address the painful and long battle between ideologies and between westernised and indigenous populations. In Nacer, childbirth (home delivery) is humanized thanks to the ancestral knowledge of midwives of the Imbabura region (province of Ecuador).  
Nacer is a work produced by the group, that is a staging of humanized childbirth through the wisdom of ancestral knowledge of midwives of the Imbabura region (province of Ecuador). It won funding for its production through a competition administered by the Ecuadoran Ministry of Culture in 2015. It was created in a coproduction with the Dutch Company Theatre Embassy.  

The performance is a mix of experimental theatre and new performance technologies in which ritual, praxis, different generations, time, space, and ancestral knowledge come together, but also the gaze from the Andes and western perspectives. Center stage are the universal, sensitive subjects like maternity and its link with holistic health. In Nacer different artistic languages converge, ranging from dramatic theatre to post-dramatic, including poetry, photography, new media, dance, music, as well as a productive confrontation and fusión between the different perspectives and resources of Latinamerican and European artists.  

Nacer explores the borders and crossovers between the worlds of indigenous and mestiza women by addressing oral narratives, feminist dramaturgy, personal stories and other imaginaries and forms of expression emerging from communities. In that sense it is also a search for new collective and individual forms of theatrical creation.