Mérida Urquia is an actress, pedagogue, director and cultural manager born and raised in Cuba and based in Colombia since 1994. She is the director of the La Flor del Actor Theatre Festival, founded in Bogotá in 2018 as a tribute to actors and actresses of the world with a long creative and pedagogical career. In 2016, she founded the project Los Rechazados, in Bogotá - a free workshop for the training of young people with limited resources, which annually invites international actors and actresses as teachers. Mérida started as an actress in 1986 in the Teatro Universitario de la Habana. In 1988, she founded in Cuba, together with other artists, the Teatro a Cuestas, a group inspired by Odin Teatret. From 1996 to 2012 she was actress in the Ensamblaje Teatro de Colombia, and now directs Mi Compañía Teatro in Bogotá. She has toured the solo performance La extranjera to many different countries.
Flor de mármol (Marble Flower)
09. June 2022
Kr. 120 / 60
Mi Compañía Teatro, Colombia
Actor: Mérida Urquia - Director: Else Marie Laukvik
Duration: 50 min. - Performed in Spanish
In 1997, Flora says goodbye to her beloved Julio Antonio in a street in Bogotá and they agree to meet three hours later at home, but she never sees him again because that same afternoon he was kidnapped and disappeared forever amid the convulsive political climate in Colombia, at the end of the 90s. Flora is a young poet. Julio worked for human rights organisations and the conservation of natural resources in the CINEP (Popular Research and Education Center) and was a member of the Patriotic Union party. For 10 years, Flora searches for him in an unsuccessful pilgrimage throughout Colombia, while immersed in the writing of a book of verses as a testimony of her insatiable pursuit for the lost love. Finally, Flora decides to bury her long and suffocating mourning in the Beaches of San Bernardo del Viento, a beautiful place where she had planned to go with Julio.
The narrative intersects with parallel stories of tragic
endings such as that of Julio Antonio Mella and Tina Modotti; Mario Calderón and Elsa Alvarado; Orpheus and Eurydice; Dulce María Loynaz and King Tutankhamen, among other references, while the actress reveals the personal motivations that lead her to approach through theatre the subject of forced disappearance that has so heavily struck the soul of Colombia.
Else Marie Laukvik was born in 1944 in Oslo, Norway. Together with Eugenio Barba, she was one of the founders of Odin Teatret. In 1966, Else Marie followed the group to Holstebro, Denmark. Her experiences as an actor are published in The Actor’s Way, edited by Erik Exe Christoffersen. At the same time as she was performing with Odin Teatret, Else Marie worked as director for Teatret Marquez (Denmark), Munin Teatret (Denmark), Teatro Actores Alidos (Italy), Rogo Teatro (Italy), Associazione Culturale Teatro dell’Albero (Italy), Kabaret Wagon (Denmark), Mia & Max (UK). As an actress Else Marie has also collaborated with Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (Italy) in 1996.
MI COMPAÑÍA TEATRO was founded by Mérida Urquia in 2012 in Bogotá, as a framework to produce her own performances and a structure to work with young actors and students. Mérida found- ed the group after she left Ensamblaje Teatro to establish of her own independence as an artist.