Arts Watch: December in Uruguay
This year has been a big one for culture and entertainment in Uruguay. Uruguayans seem to be increasingly interested in music, art, and the like, and there is never a shortage of options for a fun way to spend an evening out. Here is a look at what´s happening in Uruguay´s SODRE, the country´s foundation dedicated to art and culture.
First, as the Bicentennial year comes to a close, Uruguayans are still celebrating. Between November 19th and December 21st, the SODRE choir will present 7 shows around the country celebrating Uruguay´s 200th birthday. Concerts will be held in Minas, Durazno, San Carlos and Mercedes as well as three concerts in Montevideo, Uruguay´s capital city. The program will include a cappella selections by national composers as well as classic opera pieces. The choir will also present several selections from Carmina Burana, which should be a real treat. The SODRE choir performed Carl Orff´s entire masterpiece earlier in the year and wowed a full house.
Also, on November 7th, the film series entitled ¨Cine Arte del SODRE Otras Mujeres¨ debuted its first film in Montevideo´s Nelly Goitiño Theater. The series is the last of three this year dedicated to women in film. Estación Central, directed by Brazilian born Walter Salles, was the first of six films to show throughout the months of November and December. The idea behind the event is to highlight women (both fictional and real life characters) through film who have built reputation–not as symbols of beauty and sexuality—but rather as characters who embody the more complex facets of femininity. Each film is carefully chosen to recognize women who made important changes in history, symbolize the strength of women as they struggle through life or demonstrate intense defiance of social norms. The films are shown on Monday evenings. A complete screening schedule is listed below. Note: list also includes the November shows, which will have already finished at press time.
And finally, The Nutcracker is coming to Uruguay! Just because the holiday season is sunny, warm and beautiful in Uruguay doesn´t mean that you have to miss out on your holiday traditions while you are away enjoying the southern summer. Julio Bocca, renowned artistic director of the national ballet company in Montevideo, has announced his presentation of Tchaikovsky’s ¨El Cascanueces¨ (¨The Nutcracker¨ in Spanish). The production will be entirely Uruguayan, honing the national talents of choreographer Silvia Bazilis, costume designer Nelson Mancebo and puppet artist Martín Romanelli. It will be Prima Ballerina Sofía Sajac´s swan song, as she is retiring at the end of this year. Shows start December 9th and go through December 20th.
Screenings for ¨Otras Mujeres¨ Series
11/14- La Historía Oficial (Argentina)
Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, Chunchuna Villafañe, Chela Ruiz, Hugo Arana, Guillermo Battaglia
Showing in Auditoiro Nelly Goitiño
11/21- Norma Rae ( USA)
Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle, Gail Strickland.
Auditorio Nelly Goitiño 6pm-8pm
11/28 Julia ( USA)
Dir. Fred Zinnemann
Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy y Meryl Streep.
Auditorio Nelly Goitiño 6pm-8.10pm
12/5- Frida( USA)
Dir. Julie Taymor
Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, Roger Rees, Diego Luna, Mía Maestro.
Auditorio Nelly Goitiño 6pm-8.10pm
12/12- La Vie en Rose ( France)
Dir. Olivier Dahan
Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud.
Auditorio Nelly Goitiño 6pm-8.30pm
* Tickets for all of the SODRE´s productions can be purchased at any red UTS location.
Tickets are also available at the theater Auditorio Nelly Goitiño, located on 18 de Julio and Río Branco.
18 de Julio 930,
phone- 2901 2850,
Auditorio Nacional Adela Reta,
Andes y Mercedes,