MISUNDERSTANDINGS, a collaboration between up and coming theater artists
from Mexico City and abroad. It is a theater piece that deals with the
drama and comedy of life as reflected in daily situations which stem
from cultural, social, and sexual differences. This is a union of original
text, electronic music and video. The script by playwright Humberto
Leyva, is directed by Jose Antonio Cordero and Heiko Kalmbach, with
music by Tareke Ortiz. Featured in the cast are Antonio Cerezo, Amy
Hoerler, Nadine Huber and Lars Preece. Visuals by Heiko Kalmbach.
MISUNDERSTANDINGS is based on the idea that almost every interaction
of today’s global world, from the personal to the political stage,
is formed by the merely banal, and thus sometimes creates evil “misunderstandings.”
5 de Mayo, is it really a big Mexican holiday? ... well in the USA it
And by the way, the American Dream... what's that? ... Mmh?
Imagine Mexico without corruption? ... Maybe in..., no I don't think
Oh, and by the way, are you? Yes, I mean, no, not everyone is gay.
So, I'm not sure if I want to be with you, ... but please, don't go
How many years have we played this game? 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.
I guess it's all about security. Safety. Although, fear can be quite
Why don't you understand me? Am I talking in another language?
Playwright Humberto Leyva is one of Mexico’s most outstanding
theatre makers. His work has been awarded consistently; he has received
the title of “Nation’s Best Playwright” given by the
Theatre Critics Assosiation in 1995 for “Naturaleza muerta y Marlon
Brando;” in 1998 for “Stabat Mater” which was staged
in Los Angeles in 2000 by SINERGIA theatre group, and in 2001 for “Animales
insolitos.” His plays have been translated into English, German
The piece features Antonio Cerezo, who was born in 1972 in Mexico City.
From 1989-92 he studied in Mexico City and consequently has worked with
many well-known companies. In 1999, he moved to New York where he was
part of the international cast for Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening
at La MaMa ETC. Since then he has worked with many resident directors
at La MaMa, performing in New York and Italy. He performed in New York
with the Black Moon Theatre Company as part of the Lincoln Center’s
Meet the Artists Program. Recently he worked on John Jesurun’s
“Chang and a Void Moon” in Berlin, Germany.
Museo Deseo Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Jose Antonio Cordero
and Lydia Margules. Since 1994 the company has created more than 10
plays and films. The company has performed in Mexico City, France and
Canada. Museo Deseo’s principal field of investigation is the
research of human body language in non-conventional spaces. Projects
involve video and audio, both live and prerecorded. For their New York
debut the Company embraces a new group of international theater artists
to explore their understanding of MISUNDERSTANDINGS.
Director Jose Antonio Cordero is the founder of Museo Deseo. From 1990-95
he made films in Mexico City. In 1996, he was part of the Movement Research
Laboratory at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris. He has directed theatre,
television and film, gaining international recognition. His films and
videos have been screened at international film festivals like Sao Paulo
Short Film Festival, New York Mix Film Festival, and Buenos Aires Film
Festival (winning the prize of best documentary film and nominated by
the Mexican Academy for best documentary film.)
Video Elements for the piece are created by Heiko Kalmbach. His award
winning short films have been broadcast and screened at International
Festivals like Oberhausen, São Paulo and South By Southwest in
Austin Texas. Heiko Kalmbach is currently completing a feature documentary
about German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. He has created video for
stage productions in Germany and New York.
Experimental music composer Tareke Ortiz, born in Mexico City (1974)
is a pianist, multi percussionist, live theater musician, composer of
modern contemporary music, actor and facilitator of new approaches to
vocal work. His work has appeared in cultural venues, Universities and
international Art Festivals, La MaMa ETC., The Kitchen and other venues
in New York, and The Gate Theatre and Tate Gallery in London. The human
voice, the new experimental music and the electronic possibilities of
sound are some of his main artistic interests. Currently he explores
the promotion of linguistic right and nonviolent communication among
indigenous communities in Mexico and in U.S.A. with Latin American immigrants.