2024 Festival Archive: La Liga Teatro Elástico

La Liga Teatro Elástico: The Beast Dance (or The Secret Spell of the Wild)

January 20, 2024

National Museum of Mexican Art

Presented by The National Museum of Mexican Art and Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival


Scholarship and Resources

Coming Soon

Play Video

View Jacqueline and Iker’s presentation above or watch full symposium on Howlround.

Jacqueline Serafín & Iker Vicente at the Ellen Van Volkenburg Symposium

On Sunday, January 21st, Jacqueline Serafín & Iker Vicente were speakers at The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium session entitled “Panel 2 – Materials.”

The event was presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and sponsored by UNIMA-USA, moderated by Dasia N. Posner, and held online through Howlround.

Panel 2 – Materials explores the question: What tells the story? How does the performance start with the selection of materials chosen for the puppet and set fabrication?

Festival Performances

About the Performance

January 20, 2024
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.

La Liga Teatro Elástico celebrates the important role of the wildest predators within our natural ecosystem using spectacle and community interaction in reverence to the wolf with The Beast Dance (or The Secret Spell of the Wild). This spectacle revives the ancient dance of the hunter and the prey to the rhythm of festive traditional sounds. Workshop participants young and old who have spent the prior week building puppet-beasts will assemble the production right in front of the audience and then release it into the public space. It’s been performed more than 50 times in streets, squares and parks on three continents, where people have participated to the rhythm of Oaxacan sones, Basque trikitritxas or Otomi tunditos on beaches, mountains, semi-deserts or snow. Now Chicago will take its turn continuing to evolve and enrich this community spectacle featuring the live band, Los Héroes del Desfierro.

Reviews + Interviews

How the Wolf Survives, by Crystal Paul in American Theatre

Sixth Chicago Puppet Festival astonishes and delights, by Angela Allyn in Chicago Stage and Screen

Who It’s All For, by Rob Weinert-Kendt in American Theatre Magazine

Image Gallery

Past Performances and Further Reading