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Current Issue: November 11, 2002
Volume 38, Number 9

Festival, symposium explores Los Pastores tradition
Plays, concerts and lectures Nov. 20-24

By Misty Salaz

UNM, the National Hispanic Culture Center, New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and Cervantes Institute are presenting a historic, multi-venue gathering of performers and scholars from the southwest and northern Mexico in a series of plays, concerts and lectures Nov. 20-24 on the UNM Main Campus, UNM Valencia Campus and at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

“La Gran Pastorela:  Festival / Symposium, The Shepherds’ Plays of New Mexico,” is one of the most enduring New Mexican folk traditions. The Pastorelas, or allegorical shepherds plays, are best known in central New Mexico as the Gran Pastorela de Belén, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Plays include the Belén and Taos productions, “El Coloquio de los Pastores (Colloquy of the Shepherds)”,  “The XIII century Auto de los Reyes Magos (Drama of the Magi Kings)” staged by UNM’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese and a gala production by UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance called “La Posada Mágica,” a contemporary Chicano Christmas musical.

At center stage is Los Pastores, which means the folk drama tradition. Since medieval times this tradition has taught ethics, theology, social satire and protest.  The overall message of Los Pastores is epiphany, the incarnation of divinity in earthly form. The Pastorela has been banned by both church and state on numerous occasions in the history of New Spain and Mexico. 

An international lineup of researchers from Mexico, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California will join community scholars in a series of public roundtables and presentations.

Sponsors include the Literary and Performing Arts Divisions, UNM's Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Theatre and Dance, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Arts of the Americas Institute, Latin American & Iberian Institute and UNM Valencia Campus.

These events are free and open to the public.

Call Kevin Paul at 277-2442 or e-mail kpaul@unm.edu.