The article describes the artistic, social and cultural context of Bogota's theatre in the 1960's and 1970's, based on four main cases (la Casa de la Cultura, La Candelaria, La Mama, Teatro Libre, and la Corporación Colombiana de Teatro). This shows that theatre was a cultural practice that brought about a strong concern on modern art and difficult issues of the colombian contemporary history such Violence or political and social exclusion. At the same time, the article gets a deep inside on the tensions between theatre artists and institutions, the connections among these troupes and the ties between theaters and left groups. It insists on the dialectic between national and transnational elements and points out the confusion of art and politics. It were employed public and private archives located in New York, Mexico City and Bogota.
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